Despite its terrifying reputation, the vampire bat is generally harmless to humans, whereas the vampire cat stealthily poses as a calico kitty before unleashing its fangs on catnip-filled people. Celebrate thrills and chills in the animal kingdom with today's Groupon for the newly redesigned Boo at the Zoo held at the Little Rock Zoo on October 28–31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (tickets are $6 for members or advance purchases, and $7 at the door). Admission to this year's spooky spectacular includes free carousel rides, nightly magic shows, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and much more. Take a ride on a haunted train (additional $2), or slither into the haunted reptile house for some cold-bolded thrills (additional $1). Frankenstein's monster and his blushing bride renew their vows each night at 7:30 pm, while local dance groups perform a terrifyingly funky rendition of the "Thriller" dance.
- Kids and parents can ride the haunted train . . . or take part in a costume contest. Trick-or-treating starts at 6pm when volunteers hand out candy at 14 different stations throughout the zoo. – WeJustGotBack.com
- The "Boo at the Zoo" program in October really is amazing every year! There are lots of vendors, lots of candy, and the animals are usually ready to play with the visitors because of the cooler weather. – NurseTigger, TripAdvisor
Little Rock Zoo
When the Little Rock Zoo opened its gates in 1926, it contained fewer animals than many people's homes. At the time, its inhabitants were, in total, a circus-trained brown bear and an abandoned timber wolf. From its formative days, the Little Rock Zoo has expanded dramatically, now home to more than 700 animals from more than 200 unique species. Visitors can witness lions, tigers, and jaguars up close; interact with exotic birds; and carefully navigate spider monkeys' webs. In addition to conserving wildlife, the zoo also preserves a unique antique carousel, one of only four in the world to feature an undulating wooden track rather than conventional moving poles.