The Los Angeles Zoo is a great place to visit with your family (or with friends, a date, etc.) this month as they celebrate Boo at the L.A. Zoo every day this month through Halloween! On weekends, there are added activities to enhance the event, but any day is a great day to check out one of Los Angeles’ only truly family-friendly haunts!
We recently visited Boo at the L.A. Zoo 2015 to check it out first-hand, and had a wonderful time! The weather was cooler here in Southern California than it’s been the past few weeks, and arriving before the zoo opened, we found relatively light crowds (which I would assume, will grow larger each day/weekend as we get closer to Halloween). Making the rounds takes no more than a couple hours – but obviously, there is a day’s-worth of sights to see at the L.A. Zoo!
Throughout the month, the zoo offers various animals different Halloween-type enrichments, from treats such as pumpkins, to specialized feedings (listed on the L.A. Zoo’s website and in your Boo at the L.A. Zoo program). On the day we went, the special feeding was for the zoo’s Komodo Dragons, which was fascinating! The two dragons on exhibit were given raw cow femurs, which they chomped on as guests looked on and marveled at these amazing creatures. Other feedings this month will include jaguar, elephant, bear and the Komodo Dragons once again!
In addition to animal activities, there are fantastic haunt activities and areas set up around the zoo itself, such as Graveyard Safari, which includes a really cute hay bale maze for kids; a Freaky Framed Photo Op, where you and your friends/family can take funny, spooky pictures free of charge – we found a very pleasant staff member there who was more than happy to take our picture for us; Creepy Crafts, where kids can make bats and spider webs; Masterpiece Pumpkins, where intricately-carved Jack O’ Lanterns are on display and families can chat with master carvers as they work on new designs; and Animals & You – er, Boo, which are “pop up” animal encounters throughout the park where zoo staff let guests look at and touch some creepy critters while they tell you about each one – we pet a small Southern three-banded armadillo that was so cute!
There are also strolling characters throughout the zoo that engage guests and pose for pictures; we saw several of them walking the grounds – they are fun, friendly characters and not really scary, so little ones should be totally fine around them.
Our favorite part of Boo at the L.A. Zoo are the Super Natural Caves, near the Zoo Grill toward the front of the park. Here, guests will find spooky decorations and some really neat projection effects once inside the dark caverns – this may be a bit too frightening for very small children, but you should definitely check it out; it was one of the event’s highlights for us!
We love the Los Angeles Zoo, and visit whenever we can, since it’s practically in our back yard; whenever the zoo puts on special events such as this, it’s always an added bonus to an already-cool outing! As I said earlier, Los Angeles doesn’t have a huge amount of family-friendly haunts at Halloween time; definitely put Boo at the L.A. Zoo on your To-Do list and have a spooky good time in Griffith Park with friends and loved ones!
Oh – and one more thing… Costumes are encouraged! So let the little monsters try out their get-ups early this year! They can roam and play at the L.A. Zoo, while celebrating the fun spirit of Halloween time here in Southern California!
– Rick West
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