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Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will soon be on the prowl at Zoo Idaho.
Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the zoo will be hosting its annual “Zoo Boo.” This year’s theme is “Creatures of the Night” and the event lets the area trick or treaters get their fill on candy while meeting the zoo’s more than 140 animals. The day will also feature games, costume contests, crafts, cookies and drinks from McDonald’s, and “fact or treat” stations where children will be asked to answer questions about nocturnal animals.
“Zoo Boo is a great chance for families to get their trick-or-treating in before night falls and the temperature drops or for those who want to get a little extra in before heading out in neighborhoods around East Idaho,” said Cory Coffman, Curator of Education at Zoo Idaho. “Plus, children will get to learn a little bit about the animals that take to the night in the Intermountain West.”
Food will also be available for purchase from The Sand Trap. Zoo Boo is sponsored by Sandhill Media and Phil Meador Motors.
Admission to Zoo Boo is free for children 2 and under, as well as Pocatello Zoological Society members, $3.75 for ages 3 to 11, $5.75 for ages 12 and up, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up.
Attendees will also get a look at the upgrades to the zoo’s entrance that have been in the works over the summer. Peter Pruett, Zoo Superintendent, says most of the plants for the firewise garden have been put into the ground. Crews will now begin to turn their focus to phase two of the project, which includes new steps, as well as prep work for a building that will feature a gift shop and snack bar.
“Again, we’d like to thank Idaho Firewise for their generosity,” Pruett said. “Their gift of more than 50 plants has helped to beautify our entrance and will help educate visitors about the danger of wildfire, saving homes in the process.”
For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit ZooIdaho.org.