Animals and visitors will receive treats during zoo’s Howloween celebration
Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 27-28, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo, presented by Sterling Bank. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.
In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. An intriguing scavenger hunt directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the zoo, and their habitats and adaptations. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo's exit.
As part of a commitment to earth-conscious operations, the Oregon Zoo participates in Green Halloween – a nationwide initiative to make Halloween healthier and more eco-friendly. Green Halloween contributors include Larabar, Cascadian Farms, Stretch Island Fruit, and Unreal candy. There will also be a small amount of Halloween candy in each bag, but we are careful to source products that do not contain palm oil. In addition, all of the prize bags are fully compostable! We selected compostable cellophane bags for the treats, so when you are done, you can dispose of the bags with your kitchen scraps or yard debris.
Additional support for Howloween is provided by FedEx in association with the Safe Kids Coalition. Volunteers from FedEx will be at the zoo Saturday, Oct. 27, reminding children and adults to be safe and seen on Halloween. FedEx will provide reflective giveaways to increase children's visibility during evening hours and present safety tips for parents and drivers.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can watch the zoo's enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items such as pumpkins help keep the zoo's animals mentally and physically stimulated.