CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — People of all ages came out in costume for the Cape May County Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration.

The free event brought more than 3,000 guests to the park Saturday, said Jean Whalen, the program coordinator at the zoo.

Held annually since 2000, the event, also sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, welcomes families to the zoo not only for its hundreds of animal attractions but for Halloween-themed activities as well.

The event featured a costume contest, with prizes awarded in different age groups and categories.

Winners included a “headless bride,” a baby dressed as a gnome and another dressed as Popeye.

Edward Runyon, the parks director at the zoo, said the sunny and warm weather Saturday helped make the event a success.

“The kids like to walk through the zoo in their costumes. It’s an added attraction,” he said.

The event also featured a scavenger hunt throughout the zoo, a hypnosis and magic show, an inflatable obstacle course, and music and entertainment for families.

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