Boo@the Zoo, merry not scary for young audience

Youngsters can enjoy a full-fledged Halloween experience and animal encounters tomorrow at Ardastra’s Boo at the Zoo, a highly anticipated event promising “spooktacular” adventure for the whole family.

“We’ve added a spooky flare to celebrate the season, but parents don’t have to worry about anything being too scary for the little ones. This is an event that’s not to be missed. We’re brewing up hours of fun,” said Bonnie Young, animal curator at Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Centre.

Families can catch the spellbinding flamingos’ drill performance. There’s a costume parade and Halloween-themed crafts and activities for kids. Everything is included in the price of admission.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 for children 13 and over; $5 for children four to 12 years old; and $5 per person for Ardastra members.

Pint-sized ghosts, goblins, superheroes, pop stars, princesses and their families will get to explore the zoo. For the young and the young at heart, bewitching lorikeets at Boo at the Zoo will charm the apples out of palms.

“There’s no tricks, only treats. We keep things on the lighter side of Halloween,” said Young. “Families with small children get to enjoy the season in a safe environment.”

Children will be encouraged to get their inner artists on with frightfully fun crafts at tables erected under the pavilion.

The first 300 children will receive a treat bag for their sugar stash.

“It’s going to be Halloween fun for everyone,” said Young.

For those who scare-up an appetite while running amuck, tasty treats will be on sale at the Parrot Pit Stop. The snack bar offers ghoulishly good eats such as hot dogs, hot patties, popcorn, ice cream, cold beverages and a limited assortment of healthy snacks.

Other vendors will offer face painting, cotton candy, chicken wings, conch fritters, teas and cookies. The New Duff cart will be on hand to satisfy those with a hankering for dessert.

The money raised from Boo at the Zoo directly supports the zoo and its care for the animals.

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