ASHEBORO, NC – For more than 20 years, thousands of kids have attended Boo at the Zoo, the North Carolina Zoo’s longest running special event. Little ghosts and goblins will once again be haunting the trails of the zoo this weekend when the zoo holds its annual daytime Halloween celebration.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, the zoo will come alive with two magical days of family fun featuring games, trick-or-treating, entertainment and costume contests. The two-day activity runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day in the zoo's Africa and North America plazas.

All children 12 and under are encouraged to wear their Halloween best for the costume contests in the Africa Amphitheater. 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 contest registration begins at 1 p.m. both days, and contestants take the stage for judges at 2 p.m.

Adults wearing costumes, masks or with painted faces are not allowed inside the park.

Games take place in the Africa and North America plazas. Treat bags with scavenger hunt details will be given out. Guests can also view assorted carved pumpkins, all with an animal themes, done by the park's zoo keepers, in the North America plaza.

Entertainment includes: Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show; Paper Hand Puppet Intervention; Healing Force African Music; Zoo Pendous Show Choirs; and Unite Drummers. Pumpkin Palooza, in the North America plaza on Saturday and in the Africa plaza Sunday, showcases animals playing with pumpkins in their exhibits.

All the weekend fun is included in the regular zoo admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children (ages 2-12). Coca-Cola is the sponsor for Boo at the Zoo and the signature sponsor for all 2014 events.

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.