Thrills and chilss at Boo at the Bronx Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is back, and just in time to put the chill into the thrill of visiting the Bronx Zoo! This wickedly fun event occurs every weekend, Oct. 1 through 30, with extended days for Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day.

Children ages 1 and up can enjoy a haunted hayride, dance to the music of Gigi and Lend Me a Hand Band, hear weird and scary stories, watch deliciously “gourd-geous” pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and more.

Old favorites are back — including the World of Darkness, which will be transformed once again into an amazing illumination filled with thousands of hand-carved and lit jack-o’-lanterns; the costume parade, where giant grasshoppers on stilts will march; and magic shows with internationally acclaimed magician David Levitan. At Keeper Chats & Enrichment, guests will see the bears wake up and enjoy their morning treats.

There will also be five treat stations throughout the park where visitors can enjoy safe trick-or-treating — treats include Welsh’s Fruit Snacks, Gummy Bears, Pirate’s Booty, Sour Jacks, and more.

There’s so much to do that you’ll have to visit each weekend just to get it all in!

Boo at the Zoo festivities begin the weekend of Oct. 1 for Rosh Hashanah, (Oct. 1–4) continuing onto Columbus Day (Oct. 8–10), and every weekend through Oct. 30, from 10 am to 5 pm. All events are included with the purchase of a Total Experience Ticket — $33.95 for adults, $23.95 for children 3 to 12 years old, and $28.95 for seniors 65 and older, and free for children under 2 years old.

Bronx Zoo [2300 Southern Blvd. at Boston Road in Belmont, (718) 220–5103,].