Last weekend, Dave and I along with his sister, brother-in-law, and the niblings went to the Detroit Zoo for their Zoo Boo event. Zoo Boo is held in the evenings the weekend(s) prior to Halloween and feature 10 different treat stations (mostly candy, but the kids did get crayons), a song and dance show by costumed performers, and pumpkin animal sculptures. Other than the candy handed out at the treat stations, no other refreshments are included in the $7 ticket fee, though they do offer cider and donuts for sale.
The majority of the zoo exhibits are not open, but we did get to go through the reptile house and take a ride on the brand new carousel which features 33 hand-carved, hand-painted figures, including traditional carousel horses as well as a colorful collection of other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, snakes, fish, seahorses, dinosaurs and an ADA-compliant peacock chariot. FYI-The cost of the ride on the carousel was NOT included in the Zoo Boo ticket price. Lucas loved the carousel!
There was a good turnout, our 6:00pm time slot was sold out and I would estimate several hundred people allocated to our slot. The majority of the kids were dressed up, but I would estimate only 25% or less of the adults were dressed up (not including zoo staff, who were all dressed in costume). Some of my favorite family costumes were the gnome family and the Scooby Doo gang. Super cute! The niblings both went as Spiderman (a popular choice!) and Dave and I were a punk and a pirate, respectively.
To learn more about the Detroit Zoo, check out my previous post.