MELBOURNE – The Brevard Zoo is holding its annual “Boo at the Zoo” festivities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

As part of the event, there is trick-or-treating at a dozen or so stations, Halloween-themed decorations, performances by magicians, fun-themed activities and photo opportunities, including those with costumed characters, according to Andrea Hill, marketing and communications director with the Brevard Zoo.

“It’s regular Zoo admission, it’s not a different ticketed price. You’re coming to the Zoo. You get to see all the animals. It’s not included in the admission piece, but kayaking is still available, the train is still available, everything that you would normally do,” said Andrea Hill, marketing and communications director. “This basically can be explained as added value so on this particular weekend, yes we have activity stations. There’s three magic shows that day, there’s costume characters, music’s playing. We have a couple animal ambassador times where our keepers will bring animals out to meet with guests. It’s all just added value and as you’re walking around seeing the animals, you’ll run into about a dozen treat stations and be able to get some candy.”

The event has traditionally featured nighttime activities but will be a daytime event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic as it was the previous year, according to Ms. Hill.

“It went over so well, especially at that time, the community just was, they were so ready to get outside and to have some type of contact,” said Ms. Hill of last year’s event. “For us it just became a matter of making sure, safety is first for us, so it was just making sure that if we were to do 'Boo,' that families were going to feel safe….We just decided, you know let’s do the daytime, so we scaled it back a bit but so much more than we were able to do last year.”

Costumes are encouraged at the event. Ms. Hill noted that she enjoyed seeing those who dressed up at the opening weekend of Boo at the Zoo on Oct. 16 and 17.

“I just get excited when the whole family dresses up, including mom and dad,” Ms. Hill said. “We saw a lot of that over the weekend. It wasn’t just the kids. It’s also mom and dad who get dressed up.”

All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

“We still require timed ticketing for non-members and we still sort of max out the number of people who can visit so we have a morning time slot and an afternoon time slot so you can pick a time to come between 9:30 and 12:30 and then 12:30 and 3:30,” Ms. Hill said.

The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., according to its website.

Those interested in more information about the Brevard Zoo should visit brevardzoo.org.

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