Sponsors were still setting up the 2016 Zoo Boo booths at 3 p.m. Saturday when a line started forming outside the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.
A long line — that stretched from the zoo entrance to the ball field west of the zoo — had formed by the time the event open at 5:30 p.m.
“We always prepare for 3,000,” Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.
One man who brought his kids and lawn chairs said they didn’t mind waiting more than two hours to get in. “‘We love this event,’” he told Hayes.
There were concessions available to those outside. Once inside the zoo, costumed kids and parents could trick or treat from sponsors, who had some costume surprises of their own.
Earlier in the day, kids lined the sidewalks downtown for the Kiwanis Club’s annual Halloween Parade.