Pumpkin Path at the Toledo Zoo
This morning we braved the cold and rain to go to the Toledo Zoo for Pumpkin Path trick or treating. In previous years, we have done Little Boo at the Zoo which is geared towards preschoolers whereas Pumpkin Path is for children of all ages. Members pay $5 to trick or treat. Admission is $11 for adults and children. There were 20 candy stations set around the zoo. This is more candy than they have had when we have gone to Little Boo at the Zoo. There were 5 stations set on the same side as the main entrance. Also on that side, Meijer had an interactive trailer. In the trailer they had 3 Wii systems where the kids could try their hand at Wii Sports baseball. They also had a Halloween scene setup where they could take your child’s picture and give you a 4×6 print.
We mostly just did the pumpkin path without stopping to see the animals. We did stop in at the polar bears for a few minutes – and stayed a few extra because it rained briefly while we were in there. Fortunately the rain stopped and we were able to continue across the bridge to the remaining 15 stations.
We were disappointed that the great ape house was closed. The map has a note that the apes do not like Halloween costumes. By the gorilla meadow Sam’s Club had a wonderful Toy Story setup. They had posters lining the walk, a Buzz Lightyear & little green alien handing out candy and they had apple cider available. Then, they had a cardboard box with a Western town drawn on, reminiscent of what Andy has in the movie.
In the Broadway Pavilion, Fisher Price had a tent setup with a play area and an area to drive the motorized cars. My daughter got to drive the Barbie Jeep. While Pumpkin Path is an event for all ages, this section was really geared towards children under the age of 5. They also had “Ghoulish Games” which cost $1 each. Last year during Little Boo, these games were free. I do not know if charging for the games is new this year, or if it is a difference between Pumpkin Path and Little Boo. We opted not to pay for the games as did most people. In the 20 minutes I spent in the area, I did not see anyone playing the games.
They also had a series of inflatables in different areas. One was Cars themed and had slides. However it was open, so it was wet which did not make it very popular.
After we finished the pumpkin path, we stopped in at Nature’s Neighborhood for a few minutes. Fortunately, the stream is closed so I did not have to argue with my daughter to keep her out of it. The house was decorated with spider webs and pumpkins. The presentations in the classrooms were related to bats for the day (although we did not stay for any). Outside the house they also had a section where you could build a scarecrow.
We found the crowds of Pumpkin Path relatively minimal. We arrived about 10:15 and left at 1:15. We ate right at noon in the Carnivore Cafe and had no trouble finding a seat or with food lines. However, as we finished lunch there were lines forming for lunch particularly at the grill for warm food on a cold, damp, windy day. It also was getting more crowded as we left. I think a combination of arriving early and Sunday predicted to have better weather made it less crowded this morning.