Things that go bump in the night at Columbian Park Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Something spooky is afoot at Columbian Park Zoo this week. Boo at the Zoo will fill the local family destination with three nights of cockroach painting, enchanted train rides, costume contests and more.

Amber Frederick and Noah Shields from the Columbian Park Zoo were guests on News 18 This Morning, and they brought along some guests from the zoo including a pair of African millipedes, Opie the opossum and Julius Squeezer the boa constrictor.

“Julius is a common red-tailed boa,” Shields said. “They’re found in the rainforests of Central and South America. This species can get up to 12-feet long. He’s currently about seven-feet long.”

If snakes are not your thing, you can visit with Opie the Opossum instead.

“[Opie] is our Virginia possum who came to us as a rescue,” Frederick said. “He may make some appearances, weather permitting, over the next few nights at Boo at the Zoo. He’s one that can usually tolerate the chilly weather just fine.”

Boo at the Zoo runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $8 at the gate and children 2 years old and younger get in free.