Boo at the Zoo 2016

Boo at the Zoo 2016

An October update?  but it's December!  Yea, I know, [voice inside my head], but we need to get caught up and hopefully stop your constant nagging.  Sheesh

I am going to try my best to get all of 2016 caught up.  So prepare your hearts for Nora updates henceforth. 

Okay, way back in October, we took Nora to her 5th Boo At the Zoo event.  These trips have only been possible because of how absolutely wonderful and kind the staff is at the Knoxville Zoo [Yes, you Allison].  Each year, they allow Nora special private access to this awesome event.  There are literally thousands of families that arrive in costume to trick-or-treat their way through the zoo.  The turn out is simply incredible.  

Boo and the Zoo (BATZ) event centers on the "treat trail", which is a path of candy booths that winds through the zoo.  The decorated candy booths each contain 3-4 volunteers, who pass out candy.  It's like drive-up trick-or-treating... except for the driving-up part.  So yeah, then I guess it's just regular trick-or-treating.  Except! There are no doorbells to ring, and you don't have to wait an eternity for the homeowner to come to the door and when they finally open it,  you are hit with that strange someone-else's-house odor that smells like someone is burning cheap incense and cooking hamburger helper with butts.  Boo and the Zoo smells way better (except for the elephant area).

so we are escorted into the zoo well before the crowds are allowed.   It's also quiet enough that Nora can be heard delivering the all-important "trick-or-treat" followed by "thank you".  I believe that is part of the reason Nora enjoys BATZ, because people talk to her.. not about her.  Whatever it is, Nora isn't in it for the candy.  

 

2011 Rapunzel

2011 Rapunzel

2012 Merida 1

2012 Merida 1

2012 Merida 2

2012 Merida 2

2013 Rainbow Dash

2013 Rainbow Dash

2014 Zarina Pirate Fairy 1

2014 Zarina Pirate Fairy 1

2014 Zarina Pirate Fairy 2

2014 Zarina Pirate Fairy 2

2015 Joy

2015 Joy

2016 Kitty

2016 Kitty

The only bad part about Boo at the Zoo is something we did to ourselves.  Our first ever BATZ trip, we took an amazing photo of Nora in her costume (Rapunzel). The photo streak could have ended there, but the next year, Nora dressed as Merida.  That Merida photo was unbelievable and is possibly my favorite photo ever.   Then we nailed another great picture the next year too (My little Pony: Rainbow Dash).  The year after, we began to feel the pressure... could we possibly do it again?  Zarina the Pirate Fairy became iconic as Nora officially transitioned from cute to absolutely beautiful.  The 2015 picture as Joy almost broke the internet the following year.  All those great pictures.   So the pressure was intense for 2016.  Did we do it again?   leave your comments.    

So, what do we do with Nora's candy afterward?   Nora leaves it out for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch comes during the night to switch the candy for a toy.  It's a good trade because Switch Witches need candy to fuel their world. 

 

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