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Autumn, Halloween events scheduled at OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Halloween was never a celebration for our family growing up. It was just another day of the year, and if you’re wearing a costume it was homemade. The millennial in me is always willing to try something new, so Mini Me and I try to make the most celebrating this holiday. (It is considered a holiday, right?)

Similar to years past, the Oklahoma City Zoo has us covered. Check out what you can expect for a gruesomely good time in Adventure District this month.


“Borrow a Lens Day”

Saturday, October 14

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Snag a camera and take your own high-quality photos of the wildlife at the OKC Zoo. This is the perfect opportunity to let your little one practice his photography skills! Thanks to Bedford Camera and Video for making this picture perfect day possible. I can’t wait to see a recap of cobwebs, fangs, tombs and creepy crawlies.


“Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp”

Friday, October 20

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Catch the creatures tearing into their Halloween treats during the zoo’s annual Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp event. Chimpanzees, flamingos, sea lions and more will have gourmet snacks prepared by animal nutritionists. If you’ve never seen a lion destroy a pumpkin, you’re in for a wicked treat.


“Creatures and Cocktails”

Friday, October 20

7 to 10 p.m.

Party after dark with other Halloween lovers! The night includes a DJ, food and cocktails, in addition to a costume contest and tours of the haunted Herpetarium. Tickets are $45 per person and designated drivers are admitted for $15. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s conservation initiatives. Must be 21 or older to attend. 


“Haunt the Zoo”

October 21-22, 28-29

Widely popular, Haunt the Zoo is the annual trick-or-treat event featuring candy, costumes and a decked out trail with 25 stops. Now in its 34th year, Haunt the Zoo will include a daytime trick-or-treat trail with the animals and a creepy new train ride. As much as I loved this family-friendly event two years ago, Mini Me is probably at the cut-off age. Haunt the Zoo is perfect for kids 8 and under.


“Haunt the Zoo Overnight”

October 28

7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Where you will definitely catch us this year is at the hair-raising overnight party! Kids four and older are invited to stay the night and hang out. The fee ($35 per child, $20 per adult) includes snacks, hikes, activities, breakfast and zoo admission. Sounds like a terribly good time.


For more information on these events, check out the OKC Zoo Facebook page. 

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