News Release

Oct. 1, 2009


Public Relations
Contact: Sondra Katzen

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 Chicago Zoological Society Hosts Annual Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo

All Are Invited to Enjoy Frightfully Fun Festivities

            Brookfield, IL— This Halloween season, head to the annual Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo for an array of spook-tacular activities for the whole family. Guests can look forward to a new 7,000-square-foot corn maze created from approximately 5,000 cornstalks, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, haunted hayrides, arts and crafts, Zoo Chats, and a costume parade and showcase. The festivities will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, October 17-18 and 24-25, beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day.

            Nothing says Halloween like a grinning jack-o’-lantern. At Boo! at the Zoo, guests can get excellent tips on how to make ghoulish jack-o’-lanterns straight from the experts. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day of the festival, professional pumpkin carvers will create masterpieces out of gigantic pumpkins during fang-tastic demonstrations at the zoo’s Nature Stage, located just east of Pachyderm House.

Then, in the true spirit of Halloween, guests can get up close and personal with some fascinating and creepy creatures during special Zoo Chats. At 11:00 a.m., visitors can learn about the zoo’s python at The Fragile Kingdom. Afterwards, zoogoers can visit Australia House at 11:45 a.m. to discover some unusual qualities of bats and then head to The Swamp at 12:30 p.m. to be amazed by the zoo’s fluorescing scorpion. A visit to Children’s Zoo for a discussion about owls will definitely turn heads. A 3:00 p.m. spooky spider Zoo Chat will take place back at The Swamp. To complete the Halloween-themed Zoo Chat experience, guests can learn about wolves at Regenstein Wolf Woods beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Boo! at the Zoo would not be complete without its legendary Halloween costume parade and showcase, which is great fun for young and old alike. Kicking off at the North Gate by Discovery Center at 1:00 p.m., the parade will include several high school bands that will provide a scary soundtrack for the march. Bands will include the Lyons Township High School Color Guard and Drum Line and the Proviso East High School Marching Band (October 17), the Riverside-Brookfield High School Marching Band (October 18), the Hinsdale Central High School Marching Band (October 24), and the Palatine Area Community Marching Band (October 25).

Young wizards, superheroes, princesses, animals, and scary monsters are encouraged to join the parade and participate in the costume showcase afterwards on the East Mall, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Judges will choose first- and second-place winners in four categories: scariest, best animal theme, most original, and best group theme. Winners must be present and will receive wonderful prizes courtesy of Fisher-Price®.

In Children’s Zoo until 3:00 p.m., youngsters can participate in not-too-scary activities, including “pin the nose on the cat” and “pin the eye on the owl” as well as make scarecrows. In addition, the festivities will include appearances by Fisher-Price® Planet Heroes® and the Teddy Turkey costumed character from the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fisher-Price® will also have a super-sized play area filled with its coolest new toys—perfect for children 6 months to 6 years old. Plus, a Fisher-Price® Power Wheels® driving track featuring vehicles like the A.T. Rex will be ready for little cruisers to take for a whirl.

For further information about the Halloween celebration, visit or call (708) 688-8000. Boo! at the Zoo is sponsored in part by Fisher-Price®, American Airlines, and Comcast.

Celebrating its 75th year, the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.