Boo-klyn zoo: Prospect Park’s menagerie goes ghostly

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MORTAL TOMCAT: Lisa Nurse went with some classic cat makeup while her son Jeremiah came dressed as a ninja, possibly Sub-Zero of Mortal Kombat fame.
Spooky zoo: Ghouls, including some sort of undead tiger, haunt the barn
HEAD CHEESE PLATE: We can see why the barn was too freaky for some tykes. Heck, it is pretty scary to us.
AW-SOME: Jansen Brooks and her brother Marcus up the cute factor at the petting zoo.
AFTERNOON SNACK: A monkey samples some leftover pumpkin.

Halloween came early to the Prospect Park Zoo on Oct. 25.

The annual Boo at the Zoo drew kids from around the borough to take in the scary sights and strut their stuff in costume among the animals. One mom said that her kids were too young for the haunted barn that was the centerpiece of the event, but that they still had a spook-tacular time.

“We were in line for the barn when we saw a little girl come running out screaming,” said Raquel Brooks with a laugh, recounting the decision not to bring her one-and-two-year-old kids inside.

Youngsters also got the chance to feed goats and sheep at the petting zoo and take in a terrifying talk, in which a witch turned creepy-crawly spiders and snakes into a potion, then explained how they fit into the ecosystem.

“The witch was trying to put creepy stuff into the potion but it turns out it’s all good for the environment,” said Lisa Nurse, whose six-year-old son delighted at getting up close and personal with the animals. “Instead of being scared, they learned how these animals help us.”

Baboons got into the spirit by devouring pumpkins, and a costume parade and dance party provided the final treats of the day.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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