If you're up for a little road trip this weekend, the N.C. Zoo holds its annual Boo at the Zoo, a daytime Halloween event. It's 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
It's the largest and oldest annual event at the zoo, according to a press release. As part of the festivities, the Africa Amphitheatre will be transformed into a magical carnival with games, prizes, candy and music. A costume contest is scheduled at 2 p.m., both days.
Designed for kids ages 2 to 12, the event also features a variety of games including a “guess the weight of the great pumpkin” contest, face painting, trick-or-treating and music. Performers include UNITE, Native American Dancers, Paperhand Puppets, Healing Force and long-time favorite, “the world famous Kazoobe and his all kazoo band.”
Registration for the costume contest begins at 1 p.m. each day and includes three age divisions -- infant through age 3, ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes in each age group.
The zoo's KidZone also will have special nature activities. Adult costumes, masks, and face paint are prohibited.
Boo at the Zoo is free with zoo admission, which ranges between $11 and $15 per person.
The zoo in Asheboro is about 90 minutes from the Triangle. With temperatures forecasted to be in the low to mid-60s this weekend, it's shaping up to be a perfect weekend for a visit to the zoo!
Our Weekend Plans post has more weekend activities for families.