|'Halloween Family' photo by Petr Kratochvil|
This time of year, zoos nationwide open their gates to children and families for extra doses of fun and entertainment, along with the opportunity to see animals great and small.
Many zoos have activities that range from costume contests to pumpkin carving and crafts, and even hayrides or mazes.
Most have trick-or-treating on the premises and some zoos offer a haunted house, discounted admission and even live musical entertainment.
The following is a list of this year's top picks around the country for “Boo at the Zoo” or as some call it, “Zoo Boo” and even "Zoo Howl." Just click on the zoo’s link for further information.
You and your child will have a frightening good time.
Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta, Georgia
Baton Rouge Zoo, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, Binghamton, New York
Bronx Zoo, Bronx, New York
Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
Detroit Zoo, Detroit, Michigan
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, Massachusetts (Scroll down page for "Zoo Howl" information)
Houston Zoo, Houston, Texas
Knoxville Zoo, Knoxville, Tennessee
Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden, Los Angeles, California
National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Potter Park Zoo, Lansing, Michigan
Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento, California
Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri (See video below of last year's festivities.)
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California (Scroll down for "Boo at the Zoo" information)
Stone Zoo, Stoneham, Massachusetts
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