The idea of Halloween at the zoo might tempt an outcry of "Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!" but in fact, Zoo Boise's mid-October Spooktacular has been billed as a "merry-not-scary," family friendly event. More properly, it's a string of events, with the first cluster running Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, and the second Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21. Each night will feature Halloween displays and special themed activities, as well as entertainment and close-up interactions with the animals. Perhaps the most exciting part of the Spooktacular is that it takes place after hours, continuing through 8 or 9 p.m. depending on the day of the week. Young kids in particular will get a thrill wandering the zoo in the dark to see their favorite critters—so why not let them run wild?