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Merry-Not-Scary Fun at Detroit Zoo’s “Zoo Boo” Oct.7-23

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo celebration returns this Halloween season, featuring a festively decorated half-mile trick-or-treat trail through the front of the Zoo. Presented by Beaumont Children’s, Zoo Boo takes place Oct. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

Elaborate pumpkin displays line the treat trail, where greeters hand out goodies to costume-clad baby modern natural 03children at treat stations along the route. Guests are asked to join the Detroit Zoological Society on its green journey by bringing their own trick-or-treat bags; bags are not distributed at the event.

Live entertainment includes street performers, extreme pumpkin-carving demonstrations and the popular mini-musical, “Zoo Boo Revue”. A trail of eerie fog leads through a spooky graveyard to the Haunted Reptile House, where friendly witches, vampires and other monsters take up residence for the Halloween season. The Creepy Craft tent, sponsored by Blue Care Network of Michigan, includes the opportunity for kids to color some of their favorite Zoo animals on a 16-foot mural.

Zoo Boo guests can take a ride on the wild side on the Carousel, sponsored by Meijer, for $2 per person; children under 3 years old or 42 inches tall ride free with a paying adult.

Advance tickets for Zoo Boo can be purchased at Window One at the front of the Detroit Zoo garden16_helaine_zackor online at Tickets are $9 per person for ages 2 and older; children under 2 are admitted free. Advance-sale time slots for Zoo Boo are 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. time slot will only be sold at the gate, which closes for entry at 8 p.m. If a date and time slot is not sold out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the gate that day for $13. Walk-up tickets will only be sold between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.

Beaumont Children’s experts have provided a number of tips to help families enjoy a safe and happy Halloween at

The Detroit Zoological Society – a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo – is recognized as a leader in conservation, animal welfare and sustainability as well as providing sanctuary for animals in need of rescue. With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of daytrip_books_past_tenseMichigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 255 species. In recognition of its environmental leadership, the Detroit Zoo received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit and provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call 248-541-5717 or visit



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