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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP)Some lions at the Fort Worth Zoo had an early Halloween treat by getting to play with carved pumpkins stuffed with meat.

Three cubs joined two older African lions to frolic with the pumpkins on Thursday.

The 6-month-old cubs were part of a preview of the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration, dubbed Boo at the Zoo. The lions sniffed, licked and batted the pumpkins before tearing the bright orange jack-o’-lanterns apart.

(credit: Fort Worth Zoo)

(credit: Fort Worth Zoo)

The 6-month-old cubs were part of a preview of the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration, dubbed Boo at the Zoo. The lions sniffed, licked and batted the pumpkins before tearing the bright orange jack-o’-lanterns apart.

Despite predictions of inclement weather, Zoo officials say the event will take place “rain or shine.” Their suggestion if it’s raining — put on your rain boots and bring your poncho!

The Fort Worth Zoo Boo at the Zoo event runs Friday October 23 through Sunday October 25.

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