Find Festive Fun at Ohio’s Zoos this October
By Brittani Rable

Find Festive Fun at Ohio’s Zoos this October

Fall has arrived and Halloween with it – that means treats, hay rides, and pumpkin patches. This season, take your family or a date to these festive Halloween events taking place at zoos across the state. It’s a great opportunity to partake in classic fall festivities with the special addition of unique and wonderful animals!

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnatians can come out every weekend in October for a scary amount of fun at the Cincinnati Zoo’s HallZOOween. There’ll be trick or treating with the animals, a Hogwarts express train ride, a scare-ousel, beauty shop of horrors, and illusion shows.

Don’t forget to look out for specialty animal encounters such as reptile chats, bird meet and greets, pumpkin smashing with the elephants, and more! You can visit the zoo this Halloween season on October 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th, 20th and 22nd, and 27th and 28th.

For ticketing information and times, check out the zoo’s activities calendar.

Toledo Zoo

This October, the Toledo Zoo is hosting Little Boo at the Zoo on the 18th and 19th. Little pirates and princesses of toddler and pre-school age are invited to come out and trick or treat throughout the zoo. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy puppet shows, magic tricks, character meet and greets, crafts, games, and more!

But that’s not all – on October 20th and 21st, the zoo will be putting on a Pumpkin Path. In addition to more trick or treating for all ages and games, this event features artistic pumpkin carving demonstrations and even bounce houses!

Additionally, both Little Boo at the Zoo and the Pumpkin Path will be partaking in the Teal Pumpkin Project by offering non-candy treats at select stations. The movement launched 2014 by the Food Allergy Research & Education and raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. These stations will be marked with a teal-painted pumpkin and signage.

Last, but certainly not least, in the Toledo Zoo’s festivities, the Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp will take place on the 27th and will feature some animals making a meal or a mess of pumpkins.

For ticketing information and times, check out the zoo’s calendar.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

This season, Clevelanders have the opportunity to attend Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on the 12th and 13th and 19th and 20th. This event is Cleveland’s sweetest Halloween tradition, with treat stations for trick or treating and unlimited 4D movies, carousel, and train rides.

Guests will also find fun at the hay maze, Monster Mash dance party, and more!

For ticketing information and times, check out the zoo’s program calendar.

Akron Zoo

Citizens of Akron can join the Akron Zoo on October 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st, and 27th and 28th for Boo at the Zoo. Little ones are invited to dress up and come out for trick or treating. The experience is extra special thanks to a candy passport that guests can take to various treat stations around the zoo.

Additionally, the zoo will be hosting ghost tours on the 31st. Spook-lovers will get a kick out of guided ghost tours, games, chats with mediums, special photo opportunities, crafts, and amazing encounters with some nocturnal animals.

For ticketing information and times, visit the Akron Zoo’s events calendar.

Amanda Carberry, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Zoo

For those of you in the central region of Ohio, the Columbus Zoo is putting on a “merry-not-scary” affair October 19th through the 21st as well as October 26th through the 28th. Get more wear out of your costume and take your family or a date to Boo at the Zoo for a special meet and treat with the zoo’s character ambassadors. They’ll be dressed up, too! In addition to meeting the ambassadors, don’t miss out on everything from animal shows, a HOWL-oween show, a wizard-friendly magic lesson and story time to a special Halloween 4D movie, a spooky diver demonstration, and a candy corn carousel. There will also a special “Pumpkin Smash” enrichment event for the animals, free hayrides, seek-n-find, a hay maze, and 13 candy stops for trick or treating. But that’s not all – superhero lovers will get the opportunity to meet Marvel superhero favorites. For ticketing information and times, visit the Columbus Zoo’s event calendar.

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