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Wild Zoo Halloween Opens Saturday

Popular event offers 8 days of Merry Not Scary Kid Friendly Halloween Activities

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s 42nd annual Wild Zoo Halloween opens Saturday, October 9. This popular event is hosted each weekend in October. Wild Zoo Halloween dates are October 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 from 11 am to 3 pm and is free for Zoo members or paid Zoo admission. The event will feature your favorite Zoo animals*, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for pint-sized guests.


Wild Zoo Halloween events include treat stations for your little goblins throughout the Zoo, watch as your favorite Zoo animals* celebrate the season with fall treats, chat with our keepers and learn how they care for the animals during the Creepy Creature Chats, head to the African Journey picnic pavilions for an interactive straw maze and holiday games, complete the Scavenger Haunt, and join our DJ in the Australian plaza for a monster of a good time with our family friendly dance party 11 am to 3 pm each weekend.

Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring their own treat bag. The Zoo is decorated for the holiday and features several photo spots where guests can take their own pictures.

All treats offered at the Wild Zoo Halloween 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.

Wild Zoo Halloween is FREE with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Additional fees are charged for the Z.O.&O. Railroad, Endangered Species Carousel, Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride and Ski Safari. Weather permitting animal experiences* including Pony Trail, stingray feeding, giraffe feeding, and goat feeding will be available for a fee. Concessions will be open for food and drink purchases.

Complete details on all Wild Zoo Halloween events are available at

Thanks to these generous sponsors for their support of the Wild Zoo Halloween presented by Coca- Cola, Sweetwater, Steel Dynamics, Inc., TechSolutions, Rohrman Automotive Group, Micropulse, Kenn- Feld Group, Meijer, Shambaugh & Son, Beachy Wealth Management LLC, The Hagerman Group, and Luarde Dental Care.

*Zoo animal experiences are weather permitting. As night time temperatures continue to decline during the fall, many of the Zoo animals may not be in their outdoor exhibits.




About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo: The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 600,000 guests annually. In 2021, the Zoo was voted Visit Indiana’s “Summer Bucket List Top 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 annually to local, regional, and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats. The Zoo cares for more than 1400 animals and participates in 63 cooperative species survival plans.

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.


For Wayne Children’s Zoo is open daily 9 am to 5 pm through October 31st. Admission is $11 for kids 2 to 18; $15 adults.