Hundreds of children crowded the fundraising event dressed up in their fun little costumes as they enjoyed a night of trick-or-treating, storytelling, and interactive animal presentations at the zoo.
This event draws hundreds of families in every year and serves as a fundraiser for the preservation of the animals at the zoo.
Kent Yamaguchi, the director of the zoo, says that Saturday night "Had the most attendance we've seen in a while. We had more than 1500 guests come."
Boo at the Zoo is an event directed mainly towards kids. Due to the fact that it is in the evening from 5:30 to 8 pm, most of the animals are fast asleep, and with most attractions closed, the event's purpose is a "family-friendly, merry-not-scary zoo atmosphere." Besides trick or treating stations located at every turn of the zoo, there were also educational animal presentations where families sat down to learn facts about some of the zoo’s animals.
There was a separate section for a slightly older audience, "Teen Scream", which hosted a haunted house "filled with thrills and chills," said Yamaguchi.
Though it may sadden some to know it, the animals residing in the zoo were not dressed up for Halloween.