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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES 38TH ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN, TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is excited to announce the 38th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. Presented by Oklahoma’s own News 9, Haunt the Zoo brings Oklahoma families together to celebrate the Halloween season in a wild way. Combining outdoor fun with safe, contact-free trick-or-treating, festive activities and the Zoo’s wildlife – it’s an instant fall favorite for all involved.

Haunt the Zoo occurs Saturdays and Sundays, October 9 through 31, to allow for adequate social distancing among guests. Trick-or-treating is available each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through timed ticketing. 

This year, add big excitement to your Haunt the Zoo adventure and explore DINO SAFARI. Thrills await as you trek through the Zoo’s Pollinator Garden to see prehistoric giants come to life through one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and skeleton replicas located in the Zoo’s lush, 6-acre pollinator garden. These amazingly life-like creations were created by Jurassic Park advisor “Dino Don” Lessem’s company Dino Don Inc., the premiere maker of robot animals in the world. 

General Zoo admission or ZOOfriends memberships plus, official Haunt the Zoo treat bags are required to trick-or-treat and must be purchased in advance. Haunt the Zoo combo ticket options are available online at www.okczoo.org/tickets.

“Haunt the Zoo is a beloved community tradition that we are proud to celebrate with generations of Oklahomans,” said Jenna Dodson, OKC Zoo’s events manager. “It’s our goal to create a safe and memorable event for our guests, volunteers and staff while connecting them to the Zoo’s wondrous wildlife.”

Trick-or-treaters will be in the candy zone as they collect treats from friendly volunteers at 13 candy stations located along the Haunt the Zoo trail. Volunteers will distribute candy and tasty snacks through 8-foot “treat tubes” into trick-or-treat bags from a safe distance. Guests will also discover 20 originally created booths displaying an array of family-friendly decorations and elaborate props, perfect for getting those photo moments. Haunt the Zoo goers are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Adults may wear costumes, too, but nothing scary. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks while at the Zoo. The Zoo strongly encourages guests age 11 and older to wear a face mask when in indoor locations.  Masks are required for all guests 3 and older when participating in any Wild Encounter when going indoors. 

 

HAUNT THE ZOO ADMISSION FAQ

  • Haunt the Zoo tickets are on sale now at www.okczoo.org/tickets.

  • General Zoo admission or ZOOfriends memberships plus, official Haunt the Zoo treat bags are required to trick-or-treat and must be purchased in advance at www.okczoo.org/tickets.

Combo Ticket Options Available

  • Option #1: Includes Zoo admission, Haunt the Zoo treat bag and single-day entry to DINO SAFARI for $25/adult (12-64) for nonmembers or $11/adults for members; $22/child (3-11) for nonmembers or $11/child for members, $22/senior (65+) for nonmembers or $11/senior for members; and $7/infant for nonmembers or $6/infant for members (2 and under).

  • Option #2: Includes Zoo admission and single-day entry to DINO SAFARI for $18/adult (12-64) for nonmembers or $11/adult for members; $15/child (3-11) for nonmembers or $5/child (3-11) for members; $15/senior (65+) for nonmembers or $5/senior (65+) for members; and infants (2 and under) are free.

  • Option #3: Includes Zoo admission and Haunt the Zoo treat bags for $19/adult (12-64) for nonmembers or $6/adult for members; $16/child (3-11) for nonmembers or $6/child for members; $16/senior (65+) for nonmembers or $6/senior (65+) for members; and infants (2 and under) are free.

  • Please arrive at the time of your Haunt the Zoo reservation in order to enter the Zoo quickly and easily.

  • All treats distributed as part of Haunt the Zoo are made with certified sustainable palm oil.  For a complete list of Halloween candy makers who are members of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and are committed to making a difference for wild orangutans and other endangered species by using certified sustainable palm oil, click here.

 

KEEPING YOU SAFE AT HAUNT THE ZOO

  • Event admission and trick-or-treat bags will be limited to ensure social distancing.

  • Haunt the Zoo activities are outdoors, spanning across the Zoo’s 100-acre park.

  • Candy and snacks will be distributed to trick-or-treaters through 8-foot “treat tubes”!

  • Event signage and audio messages, made periodically throughout the day, will remind guests to socially distance while in the park.

 

TREAT YOURSELF TO MORE HAUNT THE ZOO/HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

  • Pumpkin Painting Craft – The Zoo’s pumpkin painting activity invites kids 11 and under to get crafty and create a personal pumpkin from the event. Located at the Zoo’s Wildcat Pavilion in the picnic area, Pumpkin Painting costs $5/child for ZOOfriends members and $6/child for non-members. Capacity is limited per event date.

  • Hay Maze – Let your kiddo enjoy this interactive activity at no additional cost. The Hay Maze is located at the Zoo’s picnic area.

  • Halloween-Themed Sea Lion Presentation – The Zoo’s marine mammal team created a special sea lion presentation that focuses on popular Halloween characters and movies that are “delightful not frightful,” making this appropriate for young ages. These presentations are exclusive to Haunt the Zoo dates at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the sea lion stadium. Admission is $5 per person and children two and under are free.

  • Endangered Species Carousel – Take a “boo”rrific spin on the carousel – all decked out for Haunt the Zoo. Additional fees apply for each ride and can be purchased in advance with your admission tickets or on-site. Children two and under ride for free.

  • OKC Zoo’s Annual Pumpkin Drive – The fun rolls on with the Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Drive from Friday, October 1 through Thursday, October 7. Guests bringing a pumpkin larger than their heads to the Zoo during regular hours will receive free same-day admission. Limit one free admission per person. Pumpkins will be available for purchase in front of the Zoo. Donated pumpkins will be used to decorate Haunt the Zoo.

 

Lend a helping hand and volunteer at Haunt the Zoo. It takes hundreds of volunteers to make Haunt the Zoo a sweet success. Volunteers will help with distributing goodies to trick-or-treaters through “treat tubes” and manning lines at the candy stations. Volunteers must be 14 or older. This opportunity is ideal for individuals, families and groups. To learn more about volunteering or to sign up, click here.

Haunt the Zoo event dates are Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10; Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17; Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24; and Saturday, October 30 and Halloween, Sunday, October 31.

Haunt the Zoo sponsors to date include Oklahoma’s Own News 9, Frito-Lay and Sam’s Club. OKC Zoo welcomes additional sponsors, providing excellent marketing and volunteer opportunities. To learn more, contact crennels@okczoo.org.

Find the magic of Halloween at Haunt the Zoo! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Advance tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members and can be purchased at www.okczoo.org/tickets.  Zoo tickets are limited each day to ensure safe social distancing among guests.

Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on FacebookTwitterInstagram, TikTok, Linktree and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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