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'Boo at the Zoo' kicks off

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The Lincoln Children's Zoo's annual 'Boo at the Zoo' trick-or-treating event kicked off Saturday.

Craig Foster has been coming to Boo at the Zoo for nearly 15 years with his family. He said he started coming with his first grandchild years back. Now, he has seven grand kids that he brings to the trick–or–treating event.

"We do the full train ride, we do the gift bags, we do the memberships," Foster said. "And we do it to support a very nice thing, which is the children's zoo."

Boo at the Zoo has been at the Lincoln Children's Zoo since the 1970s. Ryan Gross of the zoo said this year, there are about 40 Lincoln organizations on hand handing out candy and coupons to the trick–or–treaters. He said he expects about 20,000 people to come through over the next five days.

All money from ticket sales goes toward feeding and taking care of the animals in the zoo's off–season.

"It's all about trick-or-treating in a safe environment, and it helps the zoo," Gross said.

Gross said about 3,000 to 5,000 people attend each night. From princesses and super heroes to zombies and villains, children said dressing up makes the event fun. And most agree filling up the goody bags is the best part.

"I like Halloween because you gets lots of Candy," Cole Foster said.

"You get to get candy," Austin Hillgren added.

But Foster said seeing his family all together is what matters the most.

"Any time we can round them up, get them together, have a meal and go do something together, it makes it special," Foster said.

Boo at the Zoo will run until Wednesday. If you would like ticket information, click here.

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