There is no extra charge for most of the Boo! at the Zoo activities. And there is no shortage of activities.
Boo! at the Zoo features a haunted hayride, corn maze and hourly pumpkin smashing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, professional carvers will be on hand to apply their skills to massive pumpkins weighing between 1,600 and 2,000 pounds.
A highlight of the event, the costume parade, kicks off at 1 p.m. in front of the Discovery Center and proceeds to the West Mall. The parade is followed by a costume contest. Winners in five categories will be selected by a panel of judges.
Many families are fully invested in the event, with adults and children alike conveying a theme with their costumes and decorated strollers.
“It’s definitely family-friendly,” Wilkin said.