Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ready for annual Halloween party

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has 9,000 pounds of Orangutan-friendly candy ready to dole out to its expected 15,000 visitors for its annual Boo and the Zoo Halloween party, which runs for six nights.

“It’s one of our major fund raisers,” said Katie Borremans, spokeswoman for the zoo, which sells tickets for $15 for general admission. A ticket for $18 allows visitors to use the mountaineer sky ride. Zoo members, seniors and military personnel pay less.

Boo at the Zoo has been a Halloween tradition for at least 20 years. It is a safe, family friendly party with booths, a haunted house and ghostly graveyard, Borremans said. There will also be a pumpkin patch, Boo Carousel and some animal exhibits, including the giraffes, monkey pavilion and lion’s lair.

The zoo is one of the area’s biggest attractions with more than 500,000 visitors each year.

But the candy isn’t for the orangutans. It’s made by companies that don’t threaten their Indonesian habitat. Those companies belong to the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil, an organization committed to using products that are made without threatening species conservation. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a member of the roundtable.

Boo at the Zoo runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30.