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Kings Dominion's children-oriented daytime Halloween event, Planet Spooky, returns for its second season.

Dates: 09/27/14, 09/28/14, 10/04/14, 10/05/14, 10/11/14, 10/12/14, 10/18/14, 10/19/14, 10/25/14, 10/26/14, 11/01/14, 11/02/14

Kings Dominion said:
On Saturdays and Sundays from September 26 through November 2, bring the little ones to the all-new Planet Spooky for frightful fun and spooky activities the entire family can enjoy together. It's all fun and no fear. Activities take place each day from 12pm - 5pm.

Activities:
  • Planet Snoopy Headquarters –Maps & Treat Bags (Saturdays and Sundays – Noon to 5pm)
  • Character Meet & Treats at PEANUTS™ Showplace
  • Foam Pit
  • Petting Zoo
  • Sally’s Pumpkin Painting Patch
  • van Pelt Derby Pedal Tractors
  • Hay Maze
  • PEANUTS™ Costume Parade
  • PEANUTS™ Rockin’ Party
  • Trick-or-Treat with Dinosaurs! *Extra $5 with Park Admission

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Scarecrows, crates, and pumpkins have popped up throughout Planet Snoopy. Yes, the Planet Spooky preparations have begun!
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The Planet Spooky page has been updated, and the park is now providing a map of the event's festivities. Also, I don't know if this was there last year, but even though the Snoopy's Splash Dance structure is no longer an option for the hay maze, they still host a children's maze called Franklin's Scarecrow Hollow which is now located on the Chik-Fil-A patio.

I will try to provide pictures of the event once it begins for the season.
 
I'll be playing the role of Joe today as I try to cover parts of Planet Spooky. (I haven't been since July 15!) I can try to get pictures of Planet Spooky but since the youngest in our group is nine we don't spend that much time in Planet Spooky.
 
Here are a few shots of our Planet Spooky visit on Saturday. It was much cooler than we anticipated and the Gal loved it!
 

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I have to say I was fairly upset by the petting zoo. There simply was not enough room for the animals in the tiny enclosures. I can't imagine being poked at all day in a cramped box. The llama in particular looked very unhappy. The goats couldn't even turn around. I had to walk away.
 
Ehh, while I appreciate the concern, I honestly don't have that much issue with it. It isn't a permanent structure so they're in them for a part of the day, two days a week, for one month a year, and that's under the assumption that they bring the exact same animals every day. They're from a local petting farm, so these are animals that are used to being handled and proded by kids.

These are domesticated farm animals, they're used to these conditions.
 
Pretzel Kaiser said:
Ehh, while I appreciate the concern, I honestly don't have that much issue with it.  It isn't a permanent structure so they're in them for a part of the day, two days a week, for one month a year, and that's under the assumption that they bring the exact same animals every day.  They're from a local petting farm, so these are animals that are used to being handled and proded by kids.  

These are domesticated farm animals, they're used to these conditions.

As PK stated, these animals are only in the pens for 5-6 hours during the day. The animals then go back to the farm nearby. I have seen them walking the larger animals along the paths around the Eiffel tower back to the trailer to go home. Usually, you can catch this happening between 5-6 pm on Sat & Sun.
 
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Generally, the guy who owns all of the animals, is very good about picking them up and holding them. The smaller animals love being held almost like a dog. It's kind of fun to watch really.

I've seen him hand a few animals off to guests if they would like to, but only under his supervision. The smaller animals are very like your household pet. They love being held and having someone petting them.
 
Evan said:
Generally, the guy who owns all of the animals, is very good about picking them up and holding them. The smaller animals love being held almost like a dog. It's kind of fun to watch really.

I've seen him hand a few animals off to guests if they would like to, but only under his supervision. The smaller animals are very like your household pet. They love being held and having someone petting them.
Awww I can't wait to see them.
 
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