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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo invites families for three weekends of ‘Boo at the Zoo’

When’s the last time you went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo? Wow! Really… that long ago? Fall is the perfect time to gather up the family for an all day trip. Its also when the annual evening “Boo at the Zoo” events are held.

Now in its 28th year, the Cleveland tradition known as “Boo at the Zoo” begins at 5 p.m. when the zoo shuts down for the day and goes on to 9 p.m. Families are invited to dress up as adorable animals or superheroes (you are encouraged to wear a fun (not scary) costume with adults refraining from wearing masks that completely cover their face).

All children will receive a complimentary treat bag that they can use to collect goodies at various “treat stations.” It’s also a good idea for the big people to bring along a flashlight in order to light up the darker areas of the zoo.

The event will be held on Fridays through Sundays: October 13-15, October 20-22 and October 27-29.

Along with the addition of an extra weekend, this year ticket’s will give every participant free unlimited rides on the Boomerang Line Train (located in the Australian Exhibit), the Circle of Life Carousel and access to the 4-D Theater that will feature a special Halloween themed film. There will be characters meet and greets, a hay maze, more treat stations, the Monster Mash Dance Party along with everyone’s favorite zoo animals to view.

Tickets are sold in advance and usually sell out early so it is highly recommended you purchase your tickets early before they disappear. You can purchase tickets online at, or by stopping by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Box Office.

“Boo at the Zoo” general admission is $11.50 at the Zoo Box Office and $10.50 online with children younger than two admitted free. Zoo members pay just $9.50 for the event. Parking is free. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at 3900 Wildlife Way and is easily accessible via Interstates 71, 90 and 480.

This year’s presenting sponsor for “Boo at the Zoo” is Citizen’s Bank.

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Who is Mark Horning?

Over the course of my life I have worked a variety of jobs including newspapers, retail camera sales and photography. Eight years ago I embarked on yet another career as writer. This included articles concerning sports and cultural events in Cleveland, Ohio as well reviews of the many theatrical productions around town. These days are spent photographing professional dance groups, theater companies and various galas and festivals as well as attending various stage performances and posting reviews about them.  

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