Akron - The Akron Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo kicks off Oct. 12 and will run Oct. 12-13, 18-20, and 25-27. Hours are 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The event includes 12 themed treat stations kids can trick-or-treat at, including a new treat station. This safe and non-scary event allows visitors to enjoy festive decorations and light displays throughout the zoo, while visiting the animals. Tickets will be limited this year for each night so people are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.
Favorite themed trick-or-treating stations returning include the witches, construction, enchanted forest, trains, super hero and more. New this year is a First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby themed station that will feature cars from the Soap Box Derby in Akron. Visitors can also explore the zoo’s new Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit, which is making its Boo at the Zoo debut.
Tickets for Boo at the Akron Zoo are $10 for trick-or-treaters and $6 for observers. Akron Zoo member observers are free, but will still need a ticket. Pre-sale tickets are now on sale at the Akron Zoo and all Acme Fresh Market locations in Northeast Ohio for a discounted rate. People can save $1 per ticket when they buy tickets before the day they are attending. Boo at the Akron Zoo is presented by Acme Fresh Markets. The carousel and train will also be open for people to ride during the event and a pizza buffet is available for purchase in the Komodo Kingdom Café. In addition to freshly made pizzas, the buffet will include dessert pizza, too. The buffet is $4.99 for kids and $8.99 for adults.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.