Emily Fritz | A&E Editor
Luna the barn owl (pictured) met with visitors during the Owl Encounter. Many of the owls, like Luna and her friend Hedwig, are named after Harry Potter characters.
Residents of the Pittsburgh Zoo were gifted a number of holiday themed treats and decor. The meerkats (pictured) were introduced to a Jack-O’-Lantern carved especially for them. Other pumpkin fans included the African elephants, the fruit bats, the aquatic life of PPG aquarium and various members of the primate family.
Evan, 2, enjoyed the Trick-or-Treat portion of the Zoo Boo, where he received candy from various community partners, such as UPMC for Kids and Goldfish Swim School.
Additional decor lent to the family-focused festivities. Many of the younger attendees participated in various crafts, educational opportunities and parade spectating. The Zoo also invited additional party vendors to provide a ‘Monster Mash Dance Party’ and character meet and greets, featuring Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”