“Boo” at the San Francisco Zoo

Have you got your costume ready? Halloween is next week and according to the National Retail Federation 162 million Americans will celebrate and will spend an astounding $7.4 billion (yes, with a “b”) on Halloween products. A total of $2.8 billion of that will be spent on costumes for adults and children, plus another $350 million for costumes for our pets.

In the 1960s, folks used characters from a favorite TV show as inspiration for costumes. Remember “The Addams Family” that ran from 1964 to 1966? Their pet “Kitty Cat” didn’t need a costume. He came with his own mane. Watch for “Kitty Cat” in this introduction to the show:

Without any costumes, our furry and feathered friends at the San Francisco Zoo will be celebrating the annual “BOO at the Zoo” event this weekend. Our zoo was founded in 1929 and the most recent renovation was the installation of an upgraded children’s playground. This video talks about plans for the improvements to the Elinor Friend Playground that were completed in late 2013. There are some great old photos showing the history of the San Francisco Zoo:

“BOO at the Zoo,” planned for Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, includes an invitation for kids of all ages to wear costumes, find the candy treat stations, walk the “Haunted Nature Trail” where they will meet live animals, and watch zoo animals enjoy “Pumpkin Stop and Chomp” where special treats are hidden inside pumpkins for the animals to find. All of the activities are free with zoo admission.

There is only one request. Trick-or-Treaters are asked to not wear rubber masks because they may frighten our animal friends.

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Have a spooky time!