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Spooky season at John Ball Zoo returns with 'Zoo Goes Boo'

Zoo Goes Boo runs for two weekends — Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25 — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Credit: John Ball Zoo

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Things are going to get a little spookier at John Ball Zoo this weekend. 

The annual family-favorite event, "Zoo Goes Boo" starts Friday, Oct. 16. 

John Ball Zoo will yet again be transformed into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, entertainment, costumes, candy, trick-or-treating and special animal encounters. 

This year, the zoo said it would keep in line with recent Halloween guidelines from the CDC but still plans on having treats and entertainment available. Instead of the treat stations throughout the Zoo, there will be a treat trail. 

The treat trail will have decorated booths that are socially distanced from one another and from other guests in the zoo. This will allow for a one-way treat trail and fewer groups of guests congregating. The treat booths will also have plexiglass between guests and staff, along with enhanced sanitization for hands and surfaces.

Zoo Goes Boo runs for two weekends — Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25 — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests are required to wear masks indoors for anyone ages 5 or older, as well as outdoors when the 6-foot social distance is not possible. Guests are also encouraged to wear their best costumes and decorate face masks to match.

For more information and ticket prices, visit John Ball Zoo's website.


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