OKC ZOO’S 34th ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO: A NEW WAY TO BOO

Oklahoma’s biggest trick-or-treating event moves from evenings to days bringing more Halloween fun!

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden invites you to experience a new way to boo Haunt the Zoo–during the day! Presented by Kohl’s Cares and the Children’s Hospital Volunteers, the OKC Zoo’s 34th annual Haunt the Zoo, is now bigger and sweeter than ever with four days of Halloween fun taking place over the course of two weekends: Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 21-22 and Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The new daytime hours will allow guests to explore the Zoo and larger trick-or-treat trail at their own pace, when they want.

On the Haunt the Zoo trail, kids and their families will experience the thrill of collecting candy mixed with the excitement of seeing their favorite Zoo animals. Trick-or-treaters will visit 25 festive, family-friendly themed booths to collect tasty treats from costumed volunteers. Event goers are encouraged to wear costumes (adults, too), but nothing too scary.

Haunt the Zoo continues to provide a unique, trusted environment for families to celebrate the Halloween season. For the past 33 years, Haunt the Zoo has grown in size and popularity becoming a well-loved tradition for thousands of Oklahomans each year. With such incredible growth, the Zoo’s marketing team explored several ways the event could better accommodate the growing crowds while also reinforcing the Zoo’s mission for conserving wildlife and wild places.

“Before changing an event this beloved by the community, we needed guest feedback to identify what we had permission to change,” said Greg Heanue, OKC Zoo’s chief marketing officer. “We discovered that guests did not want to feel rushed and wanted more time to see the Zoo and our animals. We also learned there was great interest in moving the event from evenings to weekend days.” While twilight at the Zoo is magical, guests are unable to see the animals or explore the grounds in the darkness. Moving Haunt the Zoo to weekend days solves that problem.

“We have no doubt that our 34th annual Haunt the Zoo will be our best ever,” said Dr. Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director/CEO. “These event changes are critical for us to communicate our mission and to improve our guest experience.”

                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. There’s more! The Centennial Choo Choo will be transformed into a ghoulish Ghost Train which guests can ride for $3. Haunt the Zoo tickets are required for all guests, age 2 and up, and are available online at www.okczoo.org.

Is Halloween your holiday of choice? If yes, consider volunteering to help with Haunt the Zoo! We welcome enthusiastic volunteers as young as 8 years old (with an adult chaperone) to assist with this event. To learn more, contact volunteer@okczoo.org.

Haunt the Zoo is presented by Kohl’s Cares and the Children’s Hospital Volunteers. Sponsor partners to date include: 92.9 The Edge, 107.7 The Franchise, V 103, Bank of Oklahoma, Bob Moore Subaru, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Dr Pepper, Frito-Lay and Love’s Travel Stops. 

Experience everything new with 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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and visit Our Stories. To learn more, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.

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