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Halloween Spooktacular

Sponsored by
Prairie Farms Dairy

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Halloween Spooktacular

The Zoo promises to carve out good times for visitors this Halloween as the grounds come alive with hair-raising fun! “Halloween Spooktacular,” sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy, takes place Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Join the Zoo for thrilling boo’s in this trick-or-treat haven, complete with not-too-spooky, family-friendly activities:

Barely Scary Activities:

  • Halloween SpooktacularEnjoy a variety of Halloween entertainment and treats. Travel through a Halloween haystack maze, be dazzled by a unique animated Dancing Light Show in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm and watch lively musical performances by Razzmatazz!
  • Watch as the Kohl’s Wild Theater team joins Jonathan Batfield and Count Hibernacula for a musical that teaches why bats are important to humans and what we can do to help them in Wisconsin. Presentations are Friday and Saturday at 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
  • Fly down to the Small Mammals building to hear from zookeepers and learn more about the interesting bats that call our Zoo home on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Witches and wizards, 12 years and under, as well as groups and families with themed costumes, can enter our Spooktacular Costume Contest!  Registration is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and winners will be announced during the after-parade festivities. All registered participants will be entered into a prize giveaway!
  • Halloween SpooktacularDress up in your favorite Halloween attire and march in our annual costume parade Saturday, at 2 p.m. Start at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, and conclude at the Peck Welcome Center, where host Shannen O. from FM 106 will announce the costume contest winners!
  • Enjoy hundreds of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins throughout the Zoo grounds! 
  • All aboard – if you dare! Take a spooky spin through the Zoo on the North Shore Bank Safari Train, turned Raven’s Rail.
  • Trick or treat! Visitors can collect sweet treats by visiting a variety of treat stops located among our animal exhibits! Take a stroll over to our tiger cubs, apes, and newly added Gila monsters in the Aquatic and Reptile Center, among many others, as our volunteers fill your bags with goodies galore! New this year! For our little ghosts and goblins with food allergies, we have a few allergy-free stops, courtesy of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Here, kids will receive Halloween  wristbands, stretchy snakes and spiders and more!
  • Halloween SpooktacularSeveral of our animals will join in the Halloween fun, and receive special pumpkins prepared just for them and filled with their favorite treats, for extra sweet enrichment! Some of the animals receiving pumpkin treats include tigers, hippos and polar bear, Snow Lily.
  • At 1 p.m. on Saturday, gather around the outdoor Elephant Exhibit to see our fan favorite elephants, Ruth and Brittany, receive giant pumpkins to devour!

During Halloween Spooktacular, be sure to visit BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, open both Friday and Saturday. Go under the skin of some of our natural world’s most incredible creatures, and see the similarities between humans and animals. Cost of the exhibit is $5, after regular Zoo admission. Exhibit tickets can be purchased until 8:30 p.m.

Reduced admission rates apply on both Friday and Saturday evenings:

Adults: $9
Juniors (age 3 to 12): $7
Children (ages 2 and under): Free
Parking: $12

Zoological Society membership is valid for Halloween Spooktacular.

Pumpkin Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Zoo’s Halloween events.

For further details about all Zoo Halloween activities, please contact the Zoo at 414.256.5466.