By Kaitlin Ahern

Bronx Zoo's 2010 Boo at the Zoo: Fun for the Whole Family

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Halloween is the only holiday that makes it acceptable to eat lots of candy, watch and listen to scary stories, and dress up in costume - far too much fun for just one day of the year. That's why the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is giving families the chance to celebrate this hallowed holiday all month long, with its annual Boo at the Zoo program.

Halloween hay maze; Boo at the Zoo at Bronx Zoo

Visit the zoo during weekends in October and you'll find it transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven, featuring a carved pumpkin display at Dancing Crane; a hay maze at Butterfly Patio; an extinct animal graveyard at Mouse House lawn; colorful displays with facts about "scary" animals like spiders, snakes, and bats; treat stations throughout the zoo; and tons of holiday decorations. Get in the spirit and come in costume for a host of Halloween-themed activities, such as daily costume parades, wildlife puppet and magic shows, professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, and more.


Some highlights of the festival include:

- Live music by Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band: Each day, visitors can enjoy animal-themed musical performances that celebrate wildlife.

-Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations: On Saturdays, watch master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon sculpt fascinating and intricate animal-themed designs, such as bats, tigers, gorillas, and big cats. Each session, McMahon will carve a 150-pound pumpkin that will remain on display through the weekend.

-Haunted Safari Adventure: Guests can explore a spooky walk-through, wildlife-themed Halloween experience that reveals the challenges wildlife face for survival. The event includes an augmented reality/3-D experience.

- Lost Hay Ride: Enjoy an "old style" hay wagon ride that includes a chilling tour of Creepy Hollows.

-The Addams Family: The spookiest family on Broadway will appear at the Bronx Zoo on October 24. Meet two cast members from this hit show, then join them as they lead a special costume parade at 11:30am.

Get the secret code to unlock the Bronx Zoo's 3-D interactive Boo at the Zoo game! 


family dressed up as pirates for halloween; boo at the zoo, bronx zooBoo at the Zoo Info

What: Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo

Where: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

When: Weekends in October, starting at 11am

How much: $16; $12 children 3-12 years old, or FREE if in costume, with the purchase of one full-priced adult general admission; free children under 3

For more information: 718-367-1010 or



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