Como Park Zoo
October 19-20, 25-27, 2013
4:30 – 7:30pm
$6 online or $7 at the door
Just had this pop up in my email this morning and it brought me back several years:
“Como Friends’ fantastic team of ZooBoo volunteers are hard at work this week, transforming the grounds of Como Zoo into a treasure hunt of tricks and treats perfect for the under-10 crowd. Many of the families who support Como’s long-running fundraiser never miss a year, but if you’re a ZooBoo newbie, here’s what you need to know…”
What followed was essentially a list of FAQs. I’ve answered those here and thrown in a couple tips from our experience taking young children:
- Yes, tickets are required. As the purpose of ZooBoo is not solely to be a venue for non-spooky Halloween fun, admission helps support Como’s programs and aids in keeping the zoo free for all.
- Don’t come with your heart set on seeing the animals. There’s a chance some will make an appearance, but the event’s focus is on trick-or-treating and having fun among the outdoor displays.
- Lines can be long to enter the zoo if you show up during the first hour of the event. Try coming after 6pm for diminished crowds (and possibly nearby parking).
- Trick-or-treating is intended for children under 10 years of age. Complimentary coffee and cider is provided at the end of the trick-or-treat trail.
- Should you not have a treat bag handy (we showed up without), Como will provide one.
- Particularly if you plan on showing up at the event opening, try taking the free shuttle to the zoo from the State Fair parking lot on the south side of Como Ave. across from the Haunted House. Shuttle runs from 4 – 8:15pm and is very convenient.
I would absolutely recommend this lighthearted Halloween outing for any family with children under the age of 10. Especially if they are fans of Como who enjoy all the Zoo and Conservatory have to offer throughout the year. An excellent way to show your support!