Idaho Falls, ID: Boo at the Zoo, Idaho Falls’ largest merry not scary Halloween event, was even larger this year, bringing in a total of 9,856 guests.
This number beats out the 2011 record attendance of 8,566, and far exceeds last year’s attendance of 4,846.
“The numbers have continued to rise each year due to the popularity of the event. The slump last year was due to poor weather. Mother Nature was very nice to us this year, and we are very grateful for that,” states Linda Beard, interim zoo superintendent.
Hosted by the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society, Boo at the Zoo showcased over 500,000 lights, dozens of inflatable decorations, nightly costume contests at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., crafts, games and trick-or-treat stations.
“Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and the support of the vendors and community, this event continues to grow each year. We are very pleased with this year’s attendance and all the work that was done behind the scenes to make the event such a success,” states Greg A. Weitzel, parks and recreation director.
Guests are welcome to stroll through the zoo grounds and see the lights and decorations tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, $1.50 for children and $2.25 for seniors over 62. Children 3 and under are free. There will not be costume contests, trick-or-treat stations, crafts or games on Halloween night.
Although the zoo will be closed for the season, the doors will open again for six days in December (Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 26 & 27) for Christmas with the Critters. Guests can visit the zoo animals and watch them in their winter habitat, as well as see them receive special Christmas treats. Santa will also make special daily appearances. For additional information, see www.idahofallszoo.org.
About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/