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2022 Pittsburgh Zoo Boo!

Thursday, November 3, 2022 7370 Baker St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA

This year we went to the Pittsburg Zoo's Zoo Boo! I had some mixed feelings about it so I wanted to share them ... mostly to remind myself next year.

A parent review:

We did not get there at 10:00 AM (naturally) so I can't speak for the Halloween parade but the rest of the event felt more zoo than boo.

It took over 30 minutes to find a parking space. The line of cars was backed up out the front gate and people were just parking wherever they wanted. As a result of this, when we went into the zoo there were continuous announcements about people needing to move their cars. Not the spooky sounds I was expecting. 

There was a not-so-spooky haunted house at the garden tent that was adorable! No scares and very kid friendly. The displays were really nice, the fog was a bit much, and the employees that dressed up were great! 

There were only a couple tables to get candy from throughout the zoo so this definitely wasn't a trick-or-treat event. If candy is your goal you might want to look somewhere else.

There were a couple pumpkins thrown into the animal pens to try to make it festive but not much else was done past the Garden Tent area.

A lot of the animals were away, the pens looked extra dirty, and the smell in the Tropical Forest building was almost unbearable. I can handle my smells but it was gag-worthy.

It was an extremely busy event so if you're still interested in social distancing or just personal space in general, this is not the event for you.

Maybe if we would have been there earlier it would have felt more festive but overall, it was more zoo than boo.

A really cool kid's review:

"It was a lot of fun!" I liked getting to dress up with my friends and being able to see the animals. I liked the not-so-scary haunted house.

Will we be going back?

If my daughter wants to go back we'll be there! Despite all the negatives that I pointed out in this post, my daughter had a blast and that's what truly matters. Kids don't notice the nitty gritty. They notice the magic. Maybe we'll be there on time next year. 😅

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