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Halloween Fun: A Trip to Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016 by

Disclosure: My family received free admission to Brookfield Zoo for the Boo at the Zoo event, and I am being compensated by Ferrara Candy Company for writing about our experiences. 

 

There's lots of animal-themed Halloween humor at Boo! at the Zoo in Brookfield.

There’s lots of animal-themed Halloween humor at Boo! at the Zoo in Brookfield.

I have long been an advocate of visiting Brookfield Zoo in the winter, and my daughter and I go there with friends at least once every summer. But this past Saturday was our first time visiting for the Halloween-themed Boo! at the Zoo event, and we had another wonderful time.

 

This year, Boo! at the Zoo is being held the last two weekends in October, so your family can still visit either Oct. 29 or Oct. 30. It’s included with general admission prices to the zoo, and special activities are offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

You can find a schedule of the special activities here. We didn’t get to all of them — for instance, the Hamill Family Play Zoo had a long line to enter, and there’s an extra admission cost there, so we skipped out on the Halloween craft and scarecrow building and bought our daughter a Spongebob Squarepants popsicle to make her stop whining about it. (True story.)

 

But we saw the Medieval-themed “Pumpkin Smasher” show, wound through the “Craized Maize Corn Maze,” watched the costume parade that marched around the zoo and saw the pack of Mexican gray wolves warily circle three pumpkins that had been placed in their enclosure for them to play with. They were still circling when we left about 15 minutes later!

 

There's a "Pumpkin Smasher" show each hour during Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo.

There’s a “Pumpkin Smasher” show each hour during Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo.

The costume parade winds around the zoo, and families can join in. There's a costume contest, too.

The costume parade winds around the zoo, and families can join in. There’s a costume contest, too.

 

We also made sure to hit up all the Ferrara Candy Company treat stations around the zoo, about five in all. Those stations are staffed with friendly volunteers provided by Ferrara, which is based just down the road from the zoo in Forest Park and which you might know as the maker of Atomic Fireballs, Boston Baked Beans, Brach’s, Now & Later, Black Forest Organic, and my personal favorite, Lemonheads!

 

Ferrara Candy Company is providing 300 volunteers and donating 10,000 pounds of candy to the Boo! at the Zoo event at Brookfield Zoo.

Ferrara Candy Company is providing 300 volunteers and donating 10,000 pounds of candy to the Boo! at the Zoo event at Brookfield Zoo.

 

As the presenter of Boo! at the Zoo, Ferrara Candy Company is sharing goodness with the community by sponsoring more than 400 neighbors with complimentary admission and transportation to the event. They are also donating more than 10,000 pounds of candy and providing more than 300 volunteers to make this Halloween super special and spooktacular for the community.

 

Elsa gets a treat at one of the Ferrara Candy Company stations at Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo.

Elsa gets a treat at one of the Ferrara Candy Company stations at Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo.

 

Now Saturday was a gorgeous day weather-wise, and so there were a lot of families at the zoo enjoying the event. Most kids and some adults were dressed in costume. But the zoo is so huge, there’s always a way to get away from the crowds if you wish. And because the weather wasn’t hot, the animals were extremely active — in addition to the circling wolves, we saw bison on the move, giraffes eating some leaves, a Bald Eagle about to eat a rat (nature isn’t always pretty!) and a Grizzly Bear snoozing right up against the glass.

 

The American Bison were particularly active during our trip to Boo! at the Zoo, but they didn't make a run for the playground.

The American Bison were particularly active during our trip to Boo! at the Zoo, but they didn’t make a run for the playground.

We spent four hours at Boo! at the Zoo and would have stayed longer had I brought a picnic lunch. It was definitely a memorable addition to our Halloween-related activities this year. Here are some more photos from our day!

 

Your family can take a free hayrack ride around Brookfield Zoo at Boo! at the Zoo.

Your family can take a free hayrack ride around Brookfield Zoo at Boo! at the Zoo.

 

There are five Ferrara Candy Company treat stations located around the zoo, staffed by Ferrara volunteers.

There are five Ferrara Candy Company treat stations located around the zoo, staffed by Ferrara volunteers.

 

Families can participate in the costume parade at Boo! at the Zoo. I can't guarantee you will see a juggling Dracula again, though.

Families can participate in the costume parade at Boo! at the Zoo. I can’t guarantee you will see a juggling Dracula again, though.

 

The corn maze is located on Brookfield Zoo's West Mall.

The corn maze is located on Brookfield Zoo’s West Mall.