This year it saddens me to write about this. My daughter, age 13, is too cool to dress up and go to the zoo with me now. But when she was younger, BOO at the Zoo was one of our favorite Halloween activities! Our local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts the event for a few weeks every October. Children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating at the zoo. Giraffes and other animal exhibits are open, and you can ride the old ski lift to the top of the mountain overlooking the brilliant city lights of Colorado Springs. Here is an excerpt from their web site:
Boo at the Zoo
Come See the Original Creatures of the Night!
It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans!
Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 23 – 24 – 25
Friday & Saturday, October 30 – 31
4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – with the last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.
Please NOTE: The Zoo will close early for day visits at 3 p.m. on all seven Boo at the Zoo evenings, with the last ticket of the day sold at 2 p.m. Guests must exit the Zoo at 3 p.m. Last Sky Ride is at 2:30 p.m. and the Shrine Road closes at 1 p.m. The Zoo will open for Boo at the Zoo at 4 p.m.