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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:50 pm, Wed Oct 17, 2012.

Halloween is only two weeks away so it’s officially costume crunch time. An uncomfortable moment of truth when you consider the options — reuse the pumpkin suit for the third year in a row or fork over $40 to buy another one-hit wonder for the costume bucket. Neither sounds fun, but this weekend’s “Boo! at the Zoo” sure does.

The popular fall event lets kids participate in a costume parade, introduces them to masked and camouflaged animals, and gives moms and dads the chance to swap last year’s Halloween costumes for different, gently-used ones at the “Eek-O-Friendly Costume Swap.”

“When you donate a costume you get a ticket that entitles you to take a costume,” said zoo representative Linda Harwick. “It’s give one, take one. If you bring three costumes you get three costumes.”

The event is targeted toward children 7 and younger so there’s no need to worry about ghoulish gore. “We really try to stay away from stuff like that,” Harwick said.

Fun comes from crafts, games and prizes at Harmony Farm, and the “Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp” — an activity will have the kids giggling as they watch lions, tigers and elephants eat, play, stomp and chomp on festively carved pumpkins.

The entrance gate at the zoo is under construction, so Harwick advised purchasing tickets online to ease admission.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21; the costume parade takes place at 11 a.m. both days. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. $20 for adults 13 and older, $10 for children ages 3-12; free for members. (602) 273-1341 or www.phoenixzoo.org.

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