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Just right for the younger set

Boo at the Zoo has just enough scare, flair for kids

October 5, 2012
By MIKE HUGHES - The Scene , Times Leader

WHEELING - Not every kid enjoys the blood, guts and gore, albeit fake, of your average haunted house.

For some, it's all about the candy, not being scared out of their whits.

These kids generally fall into the younger set of children, those generally age 8-and-younger.

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A?SEEMINGLY normal looking ride by day, this train is transformed into the a spooky ride come nightfall during Oglebay’s Boo at the Zoo. The haunted train ride is a fixture of the Boo at the Zoo as no trip is complete without at least one trek around the zoo, waiting with anticipation for a few ghoulishly-clad creatures to pop out of the darkness for a quick fright.

Fortunately in the Ohio Valley, there is a "haunted" house-esque event that is right up there alley.

Every October, the folks at Oglebay's Good Zoo put on "Boo at the Zoo" and this year's festivities will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 12 and winding down the weekend of Oct. 26-28.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays while opening early at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Kids and their parents will receive a candy bag to cart around the zoo, following a map that leads them to nine different treat stations.

Each station has a theme and the kids will receive a sugary snack at each stop.

Of course, no trip through Boo at the Zoo is complete without a journey on the haunted train ride throughout the grounds.

The Good Zoo staff goes to great lengths to decorate the path the train follows inside the park and you can be sure a few ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be lurking in the shadows, ready to jump out without notice to provide a quick, albeit safe scare.

Tickets are $6.50 apiece for non-zoo members and $5.25 for members. Members also have their own line to gain entrance to the zoo.

Tickets for the train ride at $2 apiece.

Boo at the Zoo isn't the only Halloween-themed activity taking place at Oglebay this month.

A pumpkin carving contest is being held, with entries being accepted from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., seven days a week, starting today and running through Oct. 17.

Entries received by Oct. 10 will be eligible for both contents, with judging for the first commencing Oct. 11 and the second Oct. 18.

There are two categories, 14-adult and 13-andunder. Prizes will include Oglebay gift cards, Good Zoo memberships and animal encounters.

There are a few rules for the contenst:

Pumpkins must have the bottom removed so that it can set on top of an LED light the zoo will provide.

Top of the pumpin must not be removed. It must have a lid.

Pumpkins must stand upright without any prop, artificial base or external support.

Pumpkins cannot be painted or have any decorations attached to them.

The first 150 entrants will receive an uncarved pumpkin to take home.

For more information, visit the Good Zoo on the web at

Hughes may be reached online at



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