Boo at the Zoo

October is becoming a month-long Halloween celebration everywhere I look.  We don't have to wait until October 31 to celebrate the beloved trick-or-treating holiday.  Every weekend at the Bronx Zoo, for example, visitors can enjoy "Boo at the Zoo."  I took my wife and daughter there on Saturday, and (if you parden my easy pun) it was "spooktacular."

The long line for the Hess Hayride was worth the wait.  As Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and other Halloween-themed music played, we sat with other families, couples, and individuals, enjoying the ride past the eagles and other Birds of Prey, then when I saw the pink flamingos, I briefly worried that the excursion might be too lame for my taste, but it quickly proved to be better than I anticipated.  Scarecrows lined the path and then the real thrills began as we entered "Creepy Hollow."  The kids (and adults), many in costume, all seemed to love it. 

Other attractions at Boo at the Zoo include a Haunted Safari, a Hay Maze, a Children's Theater performance called "So You Think That's Scary," a Costume Parade (kids dressed up in costume receive free admission), Music and Magic by Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band, Jack-o-Lantern Displays, and Animal Enrichment as the Zoo's stars interact with pumpkins at the World of Reptiles, the Children's Zoo, and the Monkey House.

Boo at the Zoo takes place on weekends in October.  Visit the Web site, for more information and to plan your visit.