Boo at the Zoo gives children safe trick-or-treat alternative

Creating lifelong memories for over 28 years, Boo at the Zoo is a fun fall event for the whole family to enjoy. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this festive event, held during the month of October at the Knoxville Zoo.

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Volunteers at Boo at the Zoo dress up as different characters to take pictures with the children who attend.

Creating lifelong memories for over 28 years, Boo at the Zoo is a fun fall event for the whole family to enjoy. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this festive event, held during the month of October at the Knoxville Zoo. The event includes a haunted carousel, which is the only one of it’s kind in East Tennessee, along with music and games at the Monster Mash Tent and trick-or-treating with costumed characters who roam the zoo.

Elizabeth Durham, a junior at UT, volunteered to dress as Thing 1 because Boo at the Zoo was a service project that she found to be interesting and enjoyable.

“When I heard there was a service event that involved dressing up in Halloween costumes and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at a zoo, it sounded like so much fun that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Durham.

Costumed volunteers also got to hand out candy and dance with the children at the Monster Mash Tent.

Boo at the Zoo provides children with a safe and alternative way to trick-or-treat, which many people, including the volunteers, find delightful. Children got to trick-or-treat with their favorite cartoon characters, while the adults got to see the shining faces of their children in a safe and fun environment.

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Edited by Jessica Carr