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. New this year is Princess Day on October 27, where youngsters can meet Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Tiana in person. 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:
October 19: Free Train Rides.
October 20: Star Wars Day.
October 21: Mascot Day.
October 25: Free Train Rides.
October 26: Pumpkin Decorating Works Princess Day.
October 28: Magic Day.
Detailed schedules of all Wild Zoo Halloween activities are on the Zoo’s website at kidszoo.org/events/wild-zoo-halloween.
Families, scouts, youth groups, and schools can enter the second annual Scarecrow Safari contest. Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Wild Zoo Halloween. Each participating group will be entered to win a free zoo field trip package valued at $139.
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: The Plex, NIPSCO, Lutheran Health Sports Center, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Ellison Bakery, Roller Dome, PHP, Lutheran Health Network, Mad Ants, and Parkview Health.
The Zoo remains open for the regular season through October 14.
Admission is $13.50 for adults; $10.50 for seniors age 60+; and $8.50 for children ages 2-14. Babies age one and under and Zoo Society Members are admitted free.
The Zoo is located at 3411 Sherman Boulevard Fort Wayne. For more information call 427-6800 or 427-6820 or go to www.kidszoo.org. The Wild Zoo Halloween offers merry-not-scary fun for little ones.