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Boo at the Zoo

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Looking to get the most wear out of your lil' goblin, mummy or vampire's handmade costume this Halloween season? Try Zoo Boise's Boo at the Zoo, an annual event that mixes giraffes and tigers with sugar-crazed trick-or-treating tots. This family friendly week-before-Halloween celebration provides tons of activities for animal lovers of any age. Test your skills with the bat toss, get your face painted and then head over to the pumpkin patch for a photo. If that's not your style, go monkey around on the Astrojump or sign yourself and your little monster up for the popular costume contest. All ages are invited to show off their cool and clever costumes, but gory or scary attire is discouraged. Sorry Freddy Krueger, looks like you're sittin' this one out.

For those with only one chocolate-covered, nougat-filled thing on your mind, grab your pumpkin-shaped bucket and trick-or-treat with a collection of other costumed characters spread out across the zoo. Presented by Boise State, this year's Boo at the Zoo promises good, clean fun for every peacock and princess.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50 adults, $4 seniors 62 and older, $3.75 kids 4-11, FREE for children age 3 and younger, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, 208-384-4125, zooboise.org.