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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Boo at the Zoo brings fun and frights to fall festivities

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click to enlarge Nearly a million lights are on display all around the 33-acre Zoo
  • Nearly a million lights are on display all around the 33-acre Zoo
Autumn is officially here, with its pumpkin patches, hay rides and a sampling of seasonal events, including the state’s biggest fall festival: Boo at the Zoo.

For a quarter of a century, thousands upon thousands of visitors, some in costume, have descended upon the Little Rock Zoo the last half of October for treat-or-treating, games, rides and food on Zoo grounds.

click to enlarge Nearly 700 volunteers helped make Boo at success in 2016
  • Nearly 700 volunteers helped make Boo at success in 2016
The festival, which takes place over several days, has grown over the years to include fun and a few frights on a grand scale as well as a light display featuring close to a million lights. In fact, BATZ (as Boo at the Zoo is sometimes called) has become the biggest light show in the state for the Halloween season.

Each year as the air gets a little chilly, the Zoo is transformed into a fantastical playground that comes to life when the sun goes down. Haunts and horrors await those hardy souls who like a fright in the haunted reptile house or savannah, while little ones can frolic among the treat tables, hay maze, bone yard and enchanted forest, among other family-friendly spots.

One of the most anticipated parts of Boo at the Zoo is Frankenstein’s Dance Party, when everyone gets to shake and boogie. Each night, local dance studios take the stage to perform, in full costume and makeup, numbers such as “Thriller.” There’s also a nightly costume contest with winners.
click to enlarge More than 17,000 people attended Boo in 2016
  • More than 17,000 people attended Boo in 2016

New additions such as zombie paintball and ghost roast s’mores keep the festival fresh and exciting from year to year.

Boo at the Zoo is more than just a fun fall festival; it helps raise funds for several Zoo projects, including new and improved exhibits that showcase the wonderful diversity of our natural world and share the inspiring message of conservation.

Boo at the Zoo 2017 begins Oct. 20 with Adult Night. As the name implies, this preview night is for those 21 and older. The family-oriented festival will be each night from Oct. 21 - 31. Get tickets now at

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