By Annie Humphrey
NASHVILLE, TENN. If anyone was looking for a fun, family friendly Halloween event this October, the Nashville Zoo was the place to go. Boo at the Zoo, a festival hosted at the Zoo over the last few weeks, was the perfect place to take friends and family for a night of fall fun.
This event stretched over three weekends this October, with 10 total nights of Halloween-themed fun. The Zoo’s Festival Fields were filled with carnival games, inflatables, a corn pit, and more. Visitors could get a behind-the-scenes view of the veterinary center and the Safari Loop on the spooky Howl-O-Ween Hayride.
Boo at the Zoo had an activity for everyone. For visitors attending with children, they could come in costume and find about 12 trick-or-treat stations set up around the Zoo where they could collect candy. There were several kinds of shows featured at the event. Zookeepers displayed animals from around the Zoo, Mr. Bond’s Science Guys taught kids about science and magician Tim Friday performed some tricks for the crowds. A DJ kept the stream of music playing all night long for dance parties near the front of the festivities.
Zoos all across the country take part in this festival around this time of year. Boo at the Zoo occurred in most major cities of America, from Chicago to North Carolina to the Cheyenne Mountains in Colorado. Each chapter had some common features, such as Halloween treats that were made with sustainable palm oil. This gave kids a tasty treat while also spreading awareness about the detriments that unsustainable palm oil causes on the environment and animals.
Boo at the Zoo was a great community-driven event that gave all types of families a fun way to spend their weekends this fall, while providing some unique experiences that can only be found at the zoo. Be sure to stop by next year and see it for yourself!