OKC ZOO MARKS 35 YEARS OF HAUNT THE ZOO; ADDS NEW 21+ EVENT TO HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
October 16, 2018
With 27 treat stations, a decorated trail, “super” special sea lion presentations and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, Haunt the Zoo returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden for its 35th year packed with Halloween fun for the whole family. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Haunt the Zoo takes place over the course of two weekends: Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. After a successful introduction last year, Haunt the Zoo’s daytime hours will return this year, allowing guests to explore the Zoo and trick-or-treat trail at their own pace.
From the entry plaza, families take off on the official event trail where the sights of Haunt the Zoo come to life. Children trick-or-treat along the way, collecting treats from festive volunteers at 27 themed booths. The booths feature family-friendly decorations and eye-popping props that are bound to be “delightful not frightful,” making them appropriate for young ages. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Adults may wear costumes, too, but nothing scary.
The Zoo’s marine mammal animal caretakers created a festive superhero-themed Halloween sea lion presentation exclusive to Haunt the Zoo. Sea lion presentations are daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Noble Aquatic Center. The Haunt the Zoo superhero-themed sea lion presentations will be Saturday, Oct. 20; Sunday, Oct. 21; Saturday, Oct. 27; and Sunday, Oct. 28. Admission is $4 per person and children two and under are free.
In addition to general admission, guests can purchase trick-or-treat bags for $7 per person, or $6 for ZOOfriends members. The Zoo will also offer Boo-It-All passes (all of the Zoo-It-All benefits plus trick-or-treating) priced at $29 for kids/seniors, $33 for adults, or $22 for ZOOfriends’ members. Haunt the Zoo tickets are available purchase at the Zoo’s ticket windows on event days.
Haunt the Zoo is presented by Bob Moore Subaru. Sponsor/partners-to-date include: American Red Cross, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Dr Pepper, First Security Bank, Frito-Lay, KOCO-TV, Little Caesar's Pizza, Oklahoma Zoological Society, Orion Dental, Sam’s Club, The Oklahoman, Tinker Federal Credit Union and Tyler Media.
New Event! Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up
New this year, the Oklahoma City Zoo is expanding its Halloween legacy by throwing the state’s wildest seasonal party for adults – Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, presented by COOP Ale Works! On Friday, October 26 from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m., adults 21-and-up are invited to the Zoo for an evening of ghoulish fun at the recently renovated picnic grounds by Zoo Lake. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Food trucks, including Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs and Burgers, will be on-hand. COOP Ale Works will have their delicious, award-winning, local brews available for purchase. Other festive libations will also be served. The event will also feature grown-up versions of classic games, including Wall-of-Weird, Tinker Federal Credit Union Fishin’ for Treasures and COOP Ring Toss. Guests will also enjoy music curated by an on-site DJ, spook-tacular prizes, an epic take-home trick-or-treat bag and more. Net proceeds from the event will fund the OKC Zoo’s ongoing education and conservation programs.
“For 35 years, Haunt the Zoo has been a beloved Halloween tradition in Oklahoma City and we take great pride in providing a safe, family-friendly environment for this annual celebration,” said Greg Heanue, chief marketing officer. “This year, we wanted to create something for people who grew up trick-or-treating at the Zoo and who now, as adults, want to recreate a portion of that experience, plus a little something extra. That was the genesis of Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up.”
Tickets for Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up are now available at okczoo.org for $24 per person.
Both Haunt the Zoo and Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up provide candy that is palm-oil free or made with sustainable palm oil in support of orangutan conservation. Deforestation due to non-sustainable, palm-oil production is threatening populations of already-endangered orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Find the Halloween season in you at Haunt the Zoo! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is an Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo proudly holds accreditations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Association of Museums. Guests are welcome daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Stay connected to the world of wild! Find the Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.