The Wild Zoo Halloween offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats in a family-friendly fall atmosphere. Guests can explore three Treat Trails, join the Monster Mash dance party, meet Broomhilda the friendly witch, discover the Mummy’s Kitchen, visit the Beauty Shop of Horrors, and more. In addition to treats, every child can choose their own kid-sized pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and join the daily Costume Parade. Train riders will hear “Tale of the Twisted Tree” as they venture into the Franke Park woods.
Animal exhibits in the Central Zoo, the Indiana Family Farm, and portions of the Australian Adventure will be open. Theme days at the Wild Zoo Halloween include Mascot Day October 15; Toon Day October 21; Star Wars Day October 22; and Magic Day October 29. Zoo animals get special pumpkin treats on October 31. On Thursdays, train rides are free all day!
Detailed schedules of all Wild Zoo Halloween events are on the zoo’s website at http://www.kidszoo.org/events/halloween.htm.
Families, scouts, and schools can enter the new Scarecrow Safari contest. Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Wild Zoo Halloween. Each group will be entered to win a free zoo field trip package valued at $137.
All treats offered at the Wild Zoo Halloween are palm-oil free or are manufactured by companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The sustainable production of palm oil is crucial to the survival of orangutans, because their rain forest habitat is often destroyed to create poorly managed and unsustainable palm oil plantations.
Admission for the Wild Zoo Halloween is $8 for children and $4 for adults. Zoo Members receive $2 off per person every day. Additional fees are charged for the train ride, pony ride, carnival-style games, bracelet-making, and face painting. Food is available for purchase.
Thanks to these generous sponsors for their support of the Wild Zoo Halloween: Dairy Queen; Ellison Bakery; Lee’s Famous Recipe; Lutheran Children’s Hospital; The Mad Ants; Parkview Health; The Plex; Roller Dome; Shindigz; and Sweetcakes Entertainment.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of the area’s major attractions, drawing 500,000 visitors every year. The zoo is consistently named one of the country’s “Top Ten Zoos for Kids” by national media outlets.
The zoo remains open for the regular season 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 9. Admission is $13 for adults, $8.50 for children age 2-14, and $10.50 for seniors over age 60. Babies age one and under and Zoo Society Members are admitted free.