Wild Zoo Halloween to offer tricks, treats

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will open its gates for the 38th Wild Zoo Halloween this week. The event will be held October 14-16, 20-23 and 27-31.

Each day of the event will be “theme days” that feature separate events apart from the traditional trick-or-treating, mini maze, animal sculptures made out of pumpkins, and children-friendly activities.

Highlights of the upcoming weekend include:

  • Friday, Oct. 14 – “PLUMPkin” Day. A super-sized pumpkin will be on display, and the guest who correctly guesses the pumpkin’s weight will win a prize.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15 – Princess Day. Princess characters and ballerinas will charm zoo guests from 1-4 p.m. at various locations within the zoo.
  • Sunday, Oct. 16 – Mascot Day. Meet local mascots from 2-4 p.m. including Icy (Komets), Johnny (Tin Caps), Don the Mastodon (IPFW), and more. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s own Sydney the Kangaroo Mascot will also be out to greet guests.
  • Oct. 20 – Free Train Rides
  • Oct. 21 – Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkin treats
  • Oct. 22 – Local Hero Day – Meet local fire, police, and military from 1-3 p.m.
  • Oct. 23 – Star Wars Day – Meet Star Wars characters from 1-3 p.m.
  • Oct. 27 – Cans for Conservation – Bring an empty aluminum can and get a free train ride ticket
  • Oct. 28 – Scavenger Hunt
  • Oct. 29-30 – Truck & Tractor Weekend
  • Oct. 31 – Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Decorate a mini pumpkin to take home