DULUTH, Minn. -

Starting this weekend, ghosts and goblins will mix with lions and tigers, as thousands flock to the Lake Superior Zoo.

The annual Boo at the Zoo event kicks off Saturday, October 15 at 10:00a.m.

The spooktacular event provides a place for families to get a little trick-or-treating in, while strolling through the Northland’s only Zoo.

Highlights of this year’s event include games, contests, hayrides, new food vendors including fresh cooking and hot chocolate, along with a pumpkin patch with proceeds going toward a great cause.

"If people want to buy a pumpkin to take home and carve or buy some pumpkins to take home and turn into pie, they can purchase their pumpkins here and a portion of all of those proceeds goes to bat conservation,” Julie O’Connor, Director of Guest Services said.

Because of the large crowds, shuttle buses will run continuously from two church parking lots across from the Zoo on Grand Avenue.

"Parking will definitely be an issue, we have a small parking lot, and so we arrange for overflow parking at some of the lots up and down Grand Avenue which will be marked with signs,” O’Connor said.

Zoo officials are also asking the public to refrain from wearing clown costumes, or masks/makeup covering up the face.