Guests of all ages had a howlin' good time—even the scaredy (big) cats—at Brookfield Zoo's annual Boo! at the Zoo. The fun-filled Halloween celebration features a corn maze, special Zoo Chats, haunted hayrides, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and a costume parade and contest. The event continues tomorrow October 20 as well as next weekend October 26-27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
On the West Mall, some ghosts and goblins cheered for the pumpkin while others cheered on the "Pumpkin Smasher," who crushed the orange gourds into hundreds of pieces every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m. Professional pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke, who used a variety of tools to create masterpieces out of gigantic pumpkins, carved 1,000-pound jack-o'-lanterns. During his demonstrations, guests were able to pick up some tips on carving their own pumpkins.
The zoo's ever-popular Boo! at the Zoo costume parade kicked off just north of The Carousel. Afterwards, guests of all ages showed off their Halloween attire in the Costume Showcase beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the East Mall. Judges chose winners in four categories: scariest, best animal theme, most original, and best group theme.
Families looking for not-too-scary thrills tooka haunted hayride, a spin on the "Haunted Carousel," built a scarecrow at Hamill Family Play Zoo, decorated spooky cookies, and carved jack-o'-lanterns to take home (additional fees apply for all). Pumpkin patches located on the North, South, and West Malls are available for photo opportunities soguests can remember their Halloween visit.