'Boo at the Zoo,' 'Howl-oween' events bring animals, humans together for some (slightly) spooky fun _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Logan, 5, Kinley, 3, and Emily Stafford pose for a photo taken by dad, Heath, with a trio of inflatable ghosts during the Baton Rouge Zoo's Boo at the Zoo festivities, Saturday, Oct. 18.

The sounds of Halloween in Baton Rouge can range from children chiming “trick or treat” to dogs barking, cats purring and tigers roaring.

After all, animals and Halloween go hand-in-hand in the Capital City.

The zoo is hosting its annual “Boo at the Zoo” this weekend and next weekend, where children can trick-or-treat while seeing the animals. BREC is also throwing a “Howl-oween” party next Friday, where families are invited to dress up their pets.

Boo at the Zoo is expected to bring around 30,000 visitors to the Baton Rouge Zoo. The event is not just limited to trick-or-treating — the zoo will also have a hay maze, an enchanted swamp, a spooky train ride and more.

This photo shows the Green family enjoying Boo at the Zoo in 2014. The event will be held over the next two weekends. Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH.

This photo shows the Green family enjoying Boo at the Zoo in 2014. The event will be held over the next two weekends. Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH.

“What could be more fun than trick-or-treating with the animals?” said Zoo Director Phil Frost in a new release. “Boo at the Zoo is a wonderful way for families across the region to enjoy safe, off-the-street trick-or-treating while experiencing all the wonders that wildlife and nature have to offer.”

The zoo’s gates for Boo at the Zoo will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 17, 18, 24 and 25. The zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. each day, and visitors will need to pay the zoo’s regular admission prices.

BREC’s Howl-oween dog costume party will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 23 at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Forest Community Park at 13900 S. Harrells Ferry Road.

Prizes will be awarded for a best dog costume contest.

Howl-oween is free. Several pet advocacy groups are sponsoring the event and will have informational tents set up alongside the food and music.

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