Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beware of the Zoo

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

 
Tomorrow is Halloween!  It's going to be a fun day with the kids since my little girl is old enough to enjoy the festivities with her big bro.  We started our Halloween celebration off over the past weekend not only by going to the Pumpkin Patch, which I posted about yesterday but also by visiting our local zoo for their annual event, Spooktacular.


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It was packed and no parking available within the lot at the zoo when we arrived at 7 pm. The event began at 6:30 and it was the last weekend for the event so I wasn't surprised at the amount of people there.  The kids did enjoy riding on the shuttle from our parking lot so that was a bonus for them.


The zoo was spooky at night!  Brody asked, "Why did you take me here at night?  It's spooky."  He wanted to be spooky, too, so he became "Zombie Brody."

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Pumpkins everywhere!  That made the kids happy for sure!

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All the pumpkins brought back memories from my high school days when I volunteered every year for this same event with my Kitty Hawk Air Society to clean out and carve pumpkins.  It was messy work but somebody had to do it!


And it was all for the kids...so the pay off is rewarding now that my own kids can experience this event!

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Brody took as many pics as he could with all the characters around the zoo.  Lyla B. did not want to take part, though.

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Fall, Family Activity, Pumpkins






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Wizard of Oz, one of my all-time favorite movies. I recently began reading the books by Gregory Maguire.  I would recommend them if you are a fan of this movie, too, and enjoy reading.  He writes an intriguing, retelling of the story!







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Glow cotton candy was a popular treat that night.  We had to wait in a long line to buy it but worth it for the kiddos.



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Ghostbusters!

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"Nightmare Before Christmas" - a favorite movie of mine, perfect for Halloween. 

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Nightmare Before Christmas, Fall


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The scare zone for the kids under 10 years old.  It was pretty scary still for Brody.  

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He kept asking why the people in the cages were asking for help.   He said, "How will they get out, Mommy?  We didn't help them...  Is the police going to get them out?"




It was a fun, exhausting event and I'm glad we were able to go this year.  Next time the kids will have to remember to wear their costumes.  They still got treats, however, and experienced something new. 

Are you ready for Halloween?


 

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