News release from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo:
Halloween Fun for Little Ones at the Zoo
Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s offers treats, pumpkins, and â€˜merry-not-scary’ excitement
(September 25, 2014) – Kids and families are invited to experience the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s event October 17-19, 23-26, & 30-31 from 12-5 PM daily.
Now in its 36th year, the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for pint-sized guests.
Guests can get candy at the Treat Trails, join the Monster Mash dance party, meet Broomhilda the friendly witch, visit the Beauty Shop of Horrors, and more. Children can choose their own mini-pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Animal sculptures made out of pumpkins are always a favorite. Train riders will hear “Tale of the Twisted Tree” as they venture into the Franke Park woods.
New this year is Hero Day on October 25, honoring those who serve our community and country. Members of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, 122nd Fighter Wing, 384th Military Police Battalion and others will greet guests and pose for photos from 2-4 PM. Specialty vehicles from these organizations will also be available for close-up viewing.
Theme days at the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s include:
- October 17: Guessing Games
- October 18: Princess Day
- October 19: Mascot Day
- October 23: Free Train Rides
- October 24: Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp
- October 25: Hero Day
- October 26: Magic Day
- October 30: Free Train Rides
- October 31: Pumpkin Decorating Workshop
Details on all Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s events are at https://kidszoo.org/programs-and-events/wild-zoo-halloween/
The Central Zoo, portions of the Australian Adventure, and portions of the African Journey will be open during the event.
All treats offered at the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s are palm-oil free or are manufactured by companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The sustainable production of palm oil is crucial to the survival of orangutans, because their rain forest habitat is often destroyed to create poorly managed and unsustainable palm oil plantations.
Admission to the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s is $5 for all ages; admission + treats is $9 for all ages. Zoo Members receive $2 off admission. Babies age 1 and under are admitted free but are charged $4 if they receive treats. Additional fees are charged for the train ride, pony ride, carnival-style games, bracelet-making, and face painting. Food is available for purchase.
Thanks to these generous sponsors for their support of the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s: Edy’s, BAE Systems, Bob Evans, Carson’s, Ellison Bakery, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Lutheran Health Network, MainStay Solutions, NIPSCO, Roller Dome, and Three Rivers Federal Credit Union.
The zoo remains open for the regular season through October 12.
About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 500,000 guests annually. The zoo was voted Indiana’s #1 “Gotta-Do Summer Attraction” and is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets.
The zoo is a conservation leader, contributing $80,000 annually to local, regional, and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats, and participating in cooperative management programs for 15 endangered species.
As a self-supporting facility, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo receives no tax dollars for operations. The zoo’s operations are funded entirely by earned revenue and donations.
The zoo is open for the regular season through October 12, 2014. Admission is $14 for adults; $10.50 for seniors age 60+; and $9 for children ages 2-18. Babies age 1 and under and Zoo Society Members are admitted free.