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Haunt the Zoo

October 26th, 2010 All Day - October 31st, 2010

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is counting down the days until the start of the biggest Halloween event in town–Haunt the Zoo for Halloween! Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares for Kids, the 27th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween runs Tuesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly rain or shine.

Haunt the Zoo provides a safe and fun atmosphere for trick-or-treaters. Each night begins with children being greeted by mascot characters in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Then little ones can venture among the various themed booths and festive props to collect tasty treats from friendly volunteers. Decorations are designed to be “just right without the fright” for younger children. Grounds are patrolled by Zoo personnel, and candy is securely stored and distributed from point of purchase to the children’s treat bags.

Photography professionals from Party Pics will be roaming the Zoo taking digital photos of children in their costumes. All photos will be available on-line for guests to view and purchase. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Zoo.

Admission for Haunt the Zoo is $6 per child for tickets pre-purchased from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. through October 31. Or, $7 per child for tickets purchased during the event. Admission includes an official treat bag. Accompanying adults, 18 years of age or older are admitted free and you only need a ticket for your trick-or-treaters. Stroller rental will be available. Haunt the Zoo is a special event that requires separate admission–ZooFriends memberships do not apply.  

The Zoo will be closing each day at 5 p.m. and re-opening at 6:30 for Haunt the Zoo. Guests are not permitted to stay in the Zoo between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Parents, don't forget when picking out Halloween candy you can be a champion for conservation. For a list of Orangutan friendly sustainable palm oil Halloween candy, click here.

Event sponsors:  Allegiance Credit Union, AT&T Pioneers, OK 1st Chapter, Cher A. Bumps & Associates, Inc., Chesapeake Energy, Chick-fil-A, Children’s Hospital Volunteers & Kohl’s Cares for Kids (Presenting Sponsor), Cox Communications, First Security Bank, Fred Jones Family Foundation, Frito-Lay, Great Plains Coca-Cola, Great Plains Dr Pepper, H & J Mgmt dba McDonald’s, JHBR Architecture, La Petite Academy & Childtime Learning Centers, Little Caesars, Love’s Travel Stops & Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL/92.5 KOMA/Frito-Lay, OKDHS Child Support, SUBWAY Restaurants, Wal-Mart and ZooFriends.

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