Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation Executive Director, David Reed and Sequoia Zoo Foundation Director of Marketing & Events, Ashley M. Osia, are extremely excited to announce that the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event will be making its way into town this weekend. It has been celebrated for nearly 15 years.
“Boo at the Zoo is, we call it Humboldt county’s favorite halloween celebration here at the square park zoo,” Reed said.
Families, kids and even the animals come together to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.
“This is going to be an exciting one because we’re all back together again,” Reed said. “We’ve got a lot of exciting new things here.”
Renowned pumpkin carver, Michael Craig will be carving pumpkins live at the Zoo, which he will be raffling off. Proceeds from the raffle will be going toward the zoo. All the animals will be treated with locally sourced pumpkins from Organic Matters Ranch, for the “Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp”. And instead of trick-or-treating, the zoo will set up a candy trail that stretches all over the park and helps spread an important conservation message.
“All the candy that is given out in the candy trail here at ‘Boo at the Zoo’ is either made with sustainably sourced palm oil or doesn’t have palm oil in it at all,” Reed said. “We’ve got this cool new thing called a trick or trash […] So all the wrappers, you usually can’t recycle wrappers like thin film candy wrappers, there’s a company, a nonprofit that recycles these wrappers.”
The zoo is also sponsored by many local businesses and is proud to work with them, as they work together to put this exciting event together.
“We’d like to thank our many business sponsors this year,” Osia said. “We even welcomed new business sponsors, including the discovery museum,” Osia said. “All your favorite zoo sponsors from over the years.”
Families and kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and enjoy a spook-tacular day of fun. Make sure to visit the zoo on October 30th from 12-4 p.m.
Event activities are included with general admission, and guests with their zoo membership are able to walk in for free.
“Come on out and we hope to see you along that candy trail,” Osia said.