Zoo Boo

REBECCA JACQUES | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

With Halloween near, there are lots going on, both on campus and around the community. One of these events took place on the grounds of a zoo. More specifically, the N.E.W  Zoo. On October 21st ghouls, goblins and witches prowled the pathways amongst the animals at the N.E.W Zoo with sweets on the mind.

The Zoo Boo was fun for everyone. Trick or treat stations were scattered about the grounds. They were mostly for kids but there were two tables designated for adults only. Each table had candy and some other item, from coupons to small toys, to hand out as well. The station I helped with handed out coupons for a free three ounce dish of frozen yogurt. The kids were also able to play on a number of different bouncy houses and kids games that were set up in the park. Besides that, they also had a haunted hayride set up on a few of the days. I can imagine how scary that might be for some, zombies shambling their way towards you and and seeing the shadows come alive with creepy clowns, aliens and the victims of monsters.

The adventure park also joined in on the Halloween fun. For two hours, from 6 to 8 p.m., they opened the climbing wall and zipline for guests of the park. People did have to pay extra for this but I think it’s worthwhile. After a couple attempts on each of the climbing wall’s three sides, people could end with a fun ride down the zipline. Being Halloween though, they made this extra special. They turned it into glow-in-the-dark ziplining or “Glo Zips” as they referred to it. I’ve only ever ziplined during the day, and although I was unable to go down myself, it looked like a lot of fun.

You can’t go trick or treating without a costume and nearly everyone, from volunteers to visitors, came dressed for the part. I volunteered on a cold and rainy Saturday night and yet everyone was out and about. Star Wars costumes passed by often as well as a number of Power Rangers. There were a few families that coordinated their costumes, which I thought were creative. One family were dressed as characters from “The Little Mermaid.” There was another family dressed as characters from “Descendents,”  a Disney movie that aired on Disney Channel based on the children of common Disney characters like Maleficent, Cruella de Vil and the Fairy Godmother. Other Disney characters were common as well. There was even someone who came dressed in a Stitch onesie!

This event is a lot of fun and I hope to be able to volunteer again next year. Although I hope the weather is less rainy. Who knows, maybe I’ll also take a glow-in-the-dark zipline ride.

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