UTICA — The 33rd Annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival returned Saturday along with lions ... and vampires and superheroes as guests.
Zoo animals and visitors – Halloween-costumed children — mingled against the backdrop of live music, food trucks, treats, games and activities.
Some parents said it was a good day to get outside to enjoy what might be one of the last sunny weekends before winter arrives.
"It's a beautiful day for this," said Janet Tenney, who drove from Albany to attend the event with family who lives locally.
The Spooktacular Harvest Festival will continue with trick-or-treat and game stations set up throughout the zoo, live music by The Brian Mulkerne Band and comedy magic by Jim Okey on Sunday.
If you go
• The Spooktacular continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way off the Memorial Parkway in Utica.
• Parking is available in zoo parking lots with overflow at Utica’s Parkway Recreation Center and Valley View Golf Course on the Memorial Parkway.
• Admission for non-members is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Admission for members of the zoo is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
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