Honestly, it doesn't feel like October OR Halloween until we have gone to Boo at the Zoo. Every year it seems like the weather can be gorgeous or brutal and thankfully, this year we picked the weekend it was gorgeous.
Our poor little Lake Superior Zoo has had a rough few years. First we had a flood that not only killed several animals but basically ruined a bunch of habitat areas for animals. Which long story short, some of our favorite animals that survived have gone to other zoos because we don't have the money to fix up their living areas. Combine that with decreased funding, decreased attendance (through no fault of theirs), and some City Councilors who want to get rid of it all together, it struggles. We absolutely love the zoo. We can't go often because it IS expensive for us (this little outing cost us $40, but it will be more once Penelope is older), but when we do go, we always have fun.
This year for costumes was a struggle because again, we're poor. Penelope is a duck because it was the only costume left in her size when Target had a one day only 40% off costume flash sale. Olivia is a witch and Jackson is Iron Man because again, the only costumes left in their sizes when Target had a buy one/get one costume sale last week. So.. nobody's first (or second, or third) choices but we made it out the door with no tears.
Outside of the Australian exhibit though, there was this incredibly creepy guy with the scariest costume/face mask and he stood literally inches away from me. I turned around and not only did I scream, I almost peed my pants. He just stood there like a complete freaking creeper. Ugh. Not to mention that we saw a mom dressed as a sexy nurse and it was pretty clear she was not wearing underwear. It's like you want to shout at these people that this is a family friendly event and if you want to dress as a serial killer and/or hooker, maybe save it for the countless bar parties in the area.
BUT. We're officially broke now until the 21st so no more fun for us. Next weekend there are some free local activities in our city so I'm hoping to take the kids there for a bit. Still not sure if Penelope will trick or treat with the big kids and I, we'll see how the weather is, I suppose.