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Merry, Not Scary at the IDAHO FALLS ZOO

Three-night “Boo at the Zoo” lights up Oct. 20

Published in the October 2022 Issue Published online: Oct 11, 2022 CommuniTeam
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY STEVE SMEDE



READY FOR SOME FAMILY-FRIENDLY FRIGHTS with our local creatures of the night? Tautphaus Park is gearing up for another spooktacular installment of Boo at the Zoo, slated for (Thurs.-Sat.) Oct. 20-22.

The long-running event features a full slate of “merry not scary” festivities, safely illuminated by upwards of 500,000 lights. Visitors can explore the entire property, which will be further adorned with 1,000 pumpkins, various light sculptures and dozens of trick-ortreat stations.

Hosted by the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society, the event has become a signature autumn celebration for the entire community.

Tickets are good for any of the three nights. Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.

New in town? The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is easy to find just south of 17th St. at 2725 Carnival Way (access between South Blvd. and Rollandet Ave.).

Other October Surprises

In the weeks before the Big Boo, mark your calendar for two other October events at the Idaho Falls Zoo. Oct. 7 is the “Glow Light Party”—another family-friendly affair full of music and exploration around the zoo. Free glow sticks will be provided at the entrance. Tickets are $10 each.

Ready to play dress-up? The annual Masquerade Ball is set for Oct. 14, complete with a DJ, champagne and “heavy” (as in meal-portioned) hors d’oeuvres. Sorry kiddo’s: Attendees must be 21 or older to attend, so you’ll need to show ID for admittance.

Aptly referred to as “the best little zoo in the West,” the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park has packed a wide variety of specimens into a 7-acre parcel that is managed by the City of Idaho Falls’ Parks and Recreation Dept. It’s the first zoo in the state accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, thanks in part to its meticulous standards, animal care and involvement in a variety of species’ survival programs.

For more information on the zoo itself, visit the Parks & Recreation page at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or call 208-612-8552

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