ASHEBORO, N.C.--The North Carolina Zoo concludes its month-long ZooFest 2009 on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25, with Boo at the Zoo, its annual daytime Halloween celebration for kids of all ages.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the zoo will come alive with two magical days of family entertainment featuring games, treats, costume parades and costume contests each day.

The two-day activity runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day in the Junction, Africa and North America plazas.
All children are encouraged to wear their Halloween best. Judges will award prizes each day in three age categories for best costumes: infant through age 3, ages 4-7 and ages 8-12. Costume-parade registration begins at 1 p.m. both days. The contest begins at 2 p.m. at the Africa Amphitheater.

Additional entertainment will include, mural coloring, guessing the weight of a pumpkin and face painting. Entertainers will include African storyteller Fred Motley, Rick Hubbard's Kazoobie Show, Magic by Chaz and Steel Drums by Tracy Thornton. Sunday, Radio Disney will have a booth in the North America Plaza from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

All the weekend fun is included in the regular zoo admission of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $6 for children (ages 2-12).

ZooFest 2009 is made possible, in part, through sponsorship by Pepsi and Lowes Foods.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary; Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor.