"Boo at the Zoo" at Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2009 at 12:23 AM EDT

A fundraiser makes for a scary-good time. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. celebrates Halloween with one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, the 18th annual Boo at the Zoo.

"We use it as a fundraiser. We have fundraisers throughout the year, and this is actually one of our biggest fundraisers is our Halloween events. People from all over come out for it and have a lot of fun," says Zoo Education Assistant Molly Lutz.

Money raised goes back into zoo to care for the animals and to bring in new creatures.

"I think it's great that they use these opportunities to fund-raise, and the zoo has improved greatly. They're doing a wonderful job and we're very lucky to have the zoo in our community," says Veronica Vidal of Binghamton. Richard Chomyszak of Binghamton says, "It's wonderful that it is going to the zoo and that it can stay around and give them a place to come and give them things to do."

This is the first year that the event has been held over two weekends. Sunday's walk through was for kids who can only handle half the scare. "Last year we had the family during the day, and the scaring at night, and that was just a little overwhelming so we decided to break up the weekends and so far it's turning out really good," says Lutz.

Kids of all ages got to take their Halloween costumes on test runs for the costume contest. "I think it's a great opportunity for community members to see our zoo, for the kids to participate and get excited about Halloween, and display their costumes," says Vidal.

Those who weren't wearing scary masks got their faces painted, while others painted pumpkins.

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