Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s kicks-off in 2 days, and the zoo is filling with straw bales and pumpkins!
Maintenance Director Byron Hattaway oversees the large haul of pumpkins and other Halloween decorations that adorn the zoo every year, “The zoo brought in 400 bundles of corn stalks and about a dozen bushels of corn for decoration this year,” states Hattaway. “The zoo also uses around 500 bales of straw for decoration and to build the mini maze for the little ones.”
Pumpkins continue to roll in from the field during the first two weeks of October. Guests often want to know how many pumpkins the zoo brings in each season. Hattaway acknowledged that, “Pumpkins are a bit more of a guess. Between [regular pumpkins] and the squash and funny shaped pretty gourds it could be 10 or 12 dump trucks full.”
Any way you size it up, that’s a LOT of pumpkins!
Here are the answers to some of the other frequently-asked Halloween questions:
Is there a member discount?
Yes! Zoo Members get $2 off admission at the gate and online.
Are the treats orangutan-friendly?
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. Download a Palm Oil Shopping Guide to help you make orangutan-friendly choices when you shop.
Is the whole zoo open?
Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s activities are located in the Central Zoo and portions of the Australian Adventure. The African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest will not be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween Presented by Edy’s.
Can anyone trick or treat?
Guests of any age can purchase the Admission + Trick-or-Treating package, which allows collection of 10 treats and a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch.