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Denver Zoo

October 23, 2015 16:07 ET

Denver Zoo Elephant to Squash 450 Pound Pumpkin This Saturday

Pachyderm Pumpkin Pulverization Kicks Off First Weekend of Boo at the Zoo

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - October 23, 2015) - A Denver Zoo Asian elephant will get the chance to squash a 450 pound pumpkin this Saturday, October 24, to kick off the first day of Boo At The Zoo. Guests will be able to see the pachyderm pulverize the pumpkin, donated by giant pumpkin hobbyist Brian Deevy, at the regularly scheduled 11:30 a.m. Toyota Elephant Passage demonstration at the exhibit's McGrath Family Amphitheater, as they search for candy. Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, the 31st annual Boo At The Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo.

For the first time ever, Denver Zoo is offering two weekends of spook-tacular fun for its annual Boo At The Zoo. Now young ghosts, goblins and princesses can trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo on October 24 and 25, in addition to October 31 and November 1, all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If that isn't enough Halloween fun, Denver Zoo is also offering a presale for its family-friendly Boo At The Zoo After Dark on the evenings of October 30 and 31, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Guests who purchase their tickets for this event online before October 23 will receive a $5 discount, so hurry and get yours before the event sells out!

Boo At The Zoo is free with regular Zoo admission. In addition to child-friendly trick-or-treating, guests will enjoy creepy crawly animal demonstrations and fun activities, such as a magic show, a pumpkin carving demonstration and animal shows. The Zoo will also be revealing new, Halloween-themed LEGO® sculptures to join its traveling exhibit, "Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks" brought to you by the Goddard Schools. This includes a giant, spooky spider and bats in the Zoo's giraffe yard. Additional activities provided Premier Sponsors Cigna and United Healthcare.

For those who love Boo At The Zoo, but prefer trick-or-treating at night in a more exclusive atmosphere, Boo After Dark is the event for you. Kids and their families are welcome to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy treats, up-close animal encounters, a fire show, face painting, a maze at Carousel Meadows and interactive booths for the kids. Admission is $17 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets will be limited and this event usually sells out! Visit to purchase tickets or seek out more information.

In the spirit of having a green Halloween, Denver Zoo encourages kids to bring their own reusable bags or buckets to collect treats and instead of purchasing new costumes visit their local thrift shop to find used clothing for this year's costumes.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

Denver Zoo serves two million visitors each year and 350,000 of those guests are provided free access. Denver Zoo's Scholarship fund has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to schools and families in the past five years. SCFD funding is critical to supporting and expanding these programs, as well supporting the care of 4,300 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened.

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