Photos provided by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
Family-friendly Halloween festivities return to Riverbanks this October with Boo at the Zoo. The annual spook-tacular opens on Friday, October 15, and runs nightly October 15 – 17, and October 22 – 30. During the 12 wild nights, Riverbanks hands out more than 200,000 pieces of candy to costumed children as they stop at the 16 stations along Trick-or-Treat Trail.
“Boo at the Zoo offers families a fun and safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating,” said Lochlan Baskin, events manager at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
In addition to the candy, Boo-goers rock the night away at the Mummy’s Eeky-Freaky DJ Dance Party, frolic in a sea of suds at Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, and watch in wonder as magician Ray Hardee performs his Moonlight Magic. Other activities include a nightly costume parade, Creepy Creature Encounters, and the Mysterious Maze.
Boo at the Zoo will run from 6pm to 9pm on each of the scheduled evenings. Tickets to the event must be purchased in advance and are $6 for Riverbanks members and $8 for the general public. Boo tickets can be purchased online at riverbanks.org or at any Riverbanks ticket booth from 9am to 5pm.
In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are encouraged, but because this event is geared toward families with young children, Riverbanks asks adults not to wear masks or costumes that cover their faces.