@ The Abilene Zoo
Okay, long post ahead - mainly because of the photos, but we really enjoyed ourselves a lot more this time 'round.
For one thing, we didn't have to wait in line to get tickets because we had ours the day before..
and doesn't the little boy just look precious in his Luke Skywalker get-up?
This year, to avoid all the crazy congestion ( I'm guessing ), they had the trick or treat booths in a whole other separate area of the Zoo. Hurray for whoever came up with THAT idea. I mean, we love doing Boo at the Zoo, but we hated all the congestion and lines.
Plus, this year they had extended hours and started several hours earlier than previous years, so the crowds were much thinner when we were there.
Of course, as we all know by now how much the little boy loves bouncy castles..and so we know where he headed first...
So it was great that they had several, then, huh?
We even got to see several Nick Jr. personalities! Not that we watch Nick Jr. very much any more these days..
I liked the Arts and Crafts booth they set up this year. We sat down for a few minutes to decorate some wooden door tags.
THEN, we got to the trick or treating bit.
We did the booths that weren't swamped, and went on to the Zoo proper.
It was refreshing to just walk around leisurely and the little boy seemed genuinely interested in the animals,
even though he started complaining of it being a bit too hot in his costume. It has never been this hot during Halloween before. *sigh*
It was a good thing there was shade to be found.
Rehydrate, rehydrate, rehydrate...
I think the homeschooling mom in me was thrilled that he was soaking all this in.
We were walking around outside and saw Charlotte and Wilbur from Charlotte's web!
One of the highlights was the new Giraffe enclosure. I was disappointed that the feeding terrace was closed because of the crowds so we couldn't see the giraffes super ultra up close.
There WERE benches right outside the enclosure, though, where we could rest AND have a grand view of the giraffes.
We HAD to stop by the lake and watch all those greedy fish gobbling up the food thrown at them.
They did NOT disappoint.
The little boy was so excited to stop by the sand pit, which usually is our last stop when we do the rounds..
He had gotten a pair of sunglasses from one of the trick or treat booths, and was looking very cool in the shades. :)
We had a grand time and perhaps we'll see you again next year, Boo at the Zoo.