By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
There is something for everyone this fall at the Oklahoma City Zoo. From Halloween activities to creative ways to support Oklahoma’s favorite Zoo, this month is underway with events for folks of all ages.
The Zoo’s ‘Pumpkins for a Purpose’ lets participants sponsor a personalized pumpkin through October 31 to directly benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Sponsored pumpkins will be on display in the Zoo’s Global Plaza during Haunt the Zoo. Visit www.okczoo.com to learn more and to download a sponsorship form or call 405-425-0262.
Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd annual Haunt the Zoo, October 26 – 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine). Presented by Wiggle Safe by Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo offers a safe, entertaining trick-or-treating adventure. Trick-or-treat admission per person is $7 (any age), which includes an official treat bag and is required for anyone wishing to collect treats. Non trick or treaters admission is $4. All children must be accompanied by an adult companion 16 or older.
During the Haunt, children will follow the pumpkin-lined pathway stopping at fun fantasy-themed booths to collect tasty treats from volunteers. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Adults may wear costumes too, but nothing too scary.
Tickets are required for all guests, age 2 and up, attending Haunt the Zoo. Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.okczoo.com. For more information call 405- 425-0262.
ZooFriends’ members can pre-purchase discounted tickets for $6 (trick-or-treater) and $3 (non-trick-or-treater) at www.zoofriends.org or in the ZooFriends office before October 25. ZooFriends discount for this event ends October 25.
The Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Drive, presented by Remington Park, is now through Sunday, October 11. To participate, bring a pumpkin bigger than your head to the Zoo and receive free same-day admission. Limit, one pumpkin per person. The donated pumpkins will be used to decorate the Haunt the Zoo trail.
During fall break enroll kids in the Zoo’s Safari Day Camps. Cost per child is $25 half-day or $45 full day. Ages 4-11 are welcome. Advance registration is required. Half-day camp runs 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and full day runs 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Drop-off begins at 8:20 a.m. For details, call 405-425-0218.
Zoo Education programs such as the Mad Science class and the The Whooo’s Out There? class are available on October 17 for fans of the cool, weird and uncommon critters at the Zoo. Costs vary depending upon the program. All programs require advance registration online at www.okczooed.com.
The Mad Science class, from 10-11:30 a.m. needs laboratory assistants. Learn the science behind creepy critters and try a few experiments of your own. ALLERGY ALERT: Includes possible allergens. Ages 4 and up welcome.
The Whooo’s Out There? class, from 7-10 p.m., will exam the amazing eyesight of owls and their ability to fly. All ages are welcome.
On Friday, October 16, the Zoo will host the Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp, a Halloween enrichment event where a variety of Zoo animals get to enjoy some Halloween-themed treats. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Zoo admission is required. For details, visit www.okczoo.com or call 405-425-0262.
Brighten your landscape with flowers from the Zoo’s fall plant sale, from October 16-18. The Zoo’s horticulture team will be selling packs of multicolored pansies in the Global Plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
On Saturday, October 24, meet the unusual and no-so frightening creatures lurking in the ocean depths during OKC Zoo’s Spooktacular Ocean Adventure from 10-11:30 a.m. Make spooky ocean-themed crafts, marine animal treats and watch the Zoo’s scuba diving pumpkin carver. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Cost per person is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Register online at www.okczooed.com or call 405-425-0218.
Also on Saturday, Oct. 24, wander through the Haunt the Zoo trail at your own pace from 6-8 p.m. during the Haunt the Zoo Photo Opp Fast Pass. Participants can enjoy taking their own photos of the little trick-or-treaters in their costume at each of the booths. Candy not provided on the event trail. Adult must accompany all children.
The cost per child is $12 for ZooFriends and $15 for non-members. Parents are free with a paid child registration. Costumes are optional. To learn more or to register, contact the Education department at 405-425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.
Additional sponsors include Allegiance Credit Union, AT&T Pioneers, OK 1st Chapter, Brown Mackie College, Dr. Spottswood Comprehensive Dentistry, First Security Bank, Fred Jones Family Foundation, Frito-Lay, Great Plains Coca-Cola, Great Plains Dr Pepper, GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org, Love’s Travel Stops, Target Stores, The Children’s Hospital Volunteers, Inc., Tinker Federal Credit Union, Upstage Theater, Walmart and ZooFriends.
The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, click here.