Press Release: 10/15/2014

Halloween Themed Boo at the Zoo Event at Oakland Zoo

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org


Oakland, CA…On October 25 & 26, Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival team up for Boo at the Zoo. The Halloween and science themed weekend features a spooky scavenger hunt for kids, costume parade, up-close animal encounters, freaky interactive stations, face painting, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals. "Oakland Zoo's Boo at the Zoo is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun, and enriching environment,” said Erin Harrison, Senior Manager of Marketing & Events. “From candy consumption to watching animals enjoy pumpkin treats to learning about science in a whole new way, this event has it all - there's something for everyone to enjoy."

Boo at the Zoo is a day-time opportunity for families to bring out their noble Ninja Turtles, tiny Tinker Bells, precious Princesses, and spectacular Superheroes to an outdoor adventure filled with spooktackular fun. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is the official chocolate sponsor of Boo at the Zoo – offering sweet samples for the treat bags, which will be located in Oakland Zoo’s Adventure Landing. Boo at the Zoo is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm, with the costume parade taking place at 11:00am & 1:00pm. Admission prices are $11.75 for children/seniors and $15.75 for adults. Parking is $8.00 per car. Boo at the Zoo activities are included with general admission.

Boo at the Zoo’s Daily Details:
• Spooky Scavenger Hunt: search for clues in the scavenger hunt and receive treat bags.
• Children in costumes (ages 2-14) receive a free ride ticket.
• Costume parade at 11:00am and 1:00pm with the Zoo’s mascot, Roosevelt.
• Wildlife Theater Animal Encounters at 11:30am and 12:15pm.
• Science stations will feature “Zoombie” animals, monster myths, and sensory skills – touch the foods zoo animals like to eat.
• Craft Halloween creations for Zoo animals.
• Meet the Oakland Fire Department.
• Get batty with festive face painting.

Corporate Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:
• Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
• Bay Area Science Festival
• KOFY TV
• KPIX5/KBCW
• Primal Pet Foods

“Treat” Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:
• Annie’s
• Gimbal’s Fine Candies
• American Licorice
• Jelly Belly
• Clif Bar & Company
• GoGo Squeeze
• LARABAR
• Plum Organics (Jammy Sammy)
• Safeway
• Sysco

Local Organizations Attending Boo at the Zoo:
• Oakland Fire Department
• Bay Area Puma Project
• Felidae Conservation Fund
• Primal Pet Foods
• KOFY TV
• Nylon Zoo

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.