Saturday, October 10, 2015

Boo! Haunts and More Return to the L.A. Zoo's Annual Halloween Event

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"Boo at the L.A. Zoo" is back, and we brought the Franklin Avenue Blogger Kids to the zoo last weekend to experience spooky caves, a “Graveyard Safari," themed crafts, live music, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, animal feedings and more.

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The Blogger Kid was particularly impressed by the pumpkin carving demonstration. He spent time watching (and helping) a regular pumpkin (above)...

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... turn into a Minion-themed pumpkin.

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Arts and crafts include do-it-yourself bats and spider webs.

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Zoo statues get into the Halloween spirit. Not seen here, but seasonal feedings of pumpkins for plant eaters and carcasses for carnivores also take place on select dates.

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The Saturday we attended, we watched the lions eat some carcasses. Other feedings include jaguars on Saturday, October 10; elephants on Sunday, October 11; the black bear on Saturday, October 17; the tiger on Sunday, October 18; snow leopards on Saturday, October 24; and Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 25. On Halloween, the one-year birthday of Rosie, the Zoo’s baby hippo, will be celebrated.

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"Professor Johnson the Organ Donor" performs a Halloween-themed musical revue with "silly songs and sing-alongs."

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More from Professor Johnson.

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A new Graveyard "Safari” hay bale maze is stocked with "tombstones" and silhouette cut-outs of skunks, possums, raccoons and other creatures.

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The Graveyard maze is a great spot for photo ops of the little ones.

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The "spooky caves" in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo was a particular treat, as the pre-existing caves made for the perfect setting for a haunted experience.

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"Boo at the L.A. Zoo" takes place from now through Halloween between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Traditional trick-or-treating at the zoo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. Parking is also free.

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