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Zoo Boo offers treats, fun and games for all ages.

October 23, 2012

All little ghouls, ghosts and goblins are invited to attend the 24th Annual Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The wildly successful Halloween event is presented by the City of Albuquerque, Univision Radio, KISS 97.3 and presenting sponsor Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Zoo Boo activities are included with general admission ($10 for adults; $4.50 for children and seniors). During Zoo Boo, admission is free for up to four children in costume accompanied by one paying adult. There is free park and ride from the Aquarium/Garden to the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Zoo Boo is a fun and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. We have games, candy, entertainment from KISS-FM, and of course, lots of animals," said Maryann Torrez, BioPark Special Events Manager. "It's our busiest day of the year at the Zoo, so we encourage everyone to use the free park and ride to avoid the traffic!"

Zoo Boo sponsor booths are handing out candy throughout the zoo. Activities also include Backyard Boo for the tots, a kids' costume contest, a screaming contest, Haunted Habitats and lots of games. Jack-o-lanterns from the BioPark's staff pumpkin carving contest will also be on display. A special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners, including Wal-Mart, courtesy of Kellogg's, who are donating all the treats, and event co-sponsors Cricket Wireless, Brown Mackie College, U Pull and Pay/Western Metals and Reliable Automotive.

Since 1988, Zoo Boo has been a popular Halloween activity for the City of Albuquerque. Zoo Boo sponsors, local businesses and individual donors contribute thousands of dollars each year to the ABQ BioPark Education scholarship fund developed in memory of Dr. Shelly Lerner Burstein, a local pediatric cardiologist and zoo docent. Attendance in 2011 was more than 15,700.

Additional Halloween season activities at the BioPark include the Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 4 at the Botanic Garden and underwater pumpkin carving at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Aquarium.

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