FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            October 24, 2016

 

CONTACTS:         Greg Heanue:  (405) 425-0219, office; (404) 579-7900, cell; or gheanue@okczoo.org

Candice Rennels: (405) 425-0298, office, (405) 412-6172, cell or crennels@okczoo.org

 

OKC ZOO TO HOST 33RD ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN

Experience the wild wonder, awe, fun, tradition and, of course, lots of candy

at Oklahoma’s biggest Halloween adventure!

 

Get ready for a Halloween adventure like no other with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 33rd annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. Presented by Wiggle Safe by Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Wednesday, October 26, through Monday, October 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine) and provides six nights of trick-or-treating fun in an unconventional environment.

See the smiles and giggles from little ones as they are greeted by “huggable” mascots and costumed characters each night in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. From there, families take off on the official event trail where the lights and sights of Haunt the Zoo come to life. Children trick-or-treat along the way, collecting treats from festive volunteers at 21 themed booths. The booths feature family friendly themes, 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.

Grounds are patrolled by Zoo personnel, and all treats are securely stored and distributed from point of purchase to the children’s treat bags.

Haunt the Zoo admission per person, age 2 and up, is $7 (trick-or-treater) and $4 (non-trick-or-treater). All guests, age 2 and up, attending Haunt the Zoo require a ticket. Trick-or-treater admission includes an official treat bag and is required for anyone wishing to collect treats. All children must be accompanied by an adult companion 16 or older. Tickets can be purchased at the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31, or online at www.okczoo.org. Stroller and wheelchair rental will be available during Haunt the Zoo.

Haunt the Zoo is the Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser and net proceeds support the Zoo’s education programs and conservation initiatives. Should a ticket holder be unable to attend, the purchase will be considered a donation. No refunds will be issued.

By supporting Haunt the Zoo, you are helping the Zoo and the animals, too! The Zoo encourages Haunt the Zoo sponsors to 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. Through its website and other educational programs, the Zoo encourages the support of companies that work to help save the species from extinction. For more information and a list of wildlife-friendly products, click here. The Zoo employs other “eek-o” friendly initiatives, such as providing reusable fabric trick-or-treat bags and ensuring that hundreds of pumpkins used to decorate Haunt the Zoo are delivered to the compost station for future gardens.

Haunt the Zoo is presented by Wiggle Safe by Kohl’s Cares. Sponsor partners include 92.9 The Edge; 107.7 The Franchise; V 103; Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Water Park, Bank of Oklahoma, First Security Bank; Fred Jones Family Foundation; Frito-Lay; Great Plains Coca-Cola; Great Plains Dr Pepper; Little Debbie; Love’s Travel Stops; Sam’s Club; The Children’s Hospital Volunteers, Inc.; Tinker Federal Credit Union; Upstage Theater and Walmart.

Find the Halloween season in you with Haunt the Zoo! The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at Facebook or follow the Zoo on Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.

 

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