The weekend before Halloween my family and I visited the Oregon Zoo for their Howl-O-Ween event! Never having been before, my kids and I were pretty excited about the Zoo’s celebration of the Halloween season and for good reason! This event ran from Oct. 26-27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and was completely free with zoo admission. So if you were planning on paying to come to the zoo anyways, this fun little extra totally would add to that experience during those select dates in October!
As we entered the gates of the zoo, a friendly staff member offered each of my children a scavenger hunt paper for the event. The paper had six separate animal question clues to solve. Once you figured them out you’d then locate that area of the zoo to find a station to get their papers stamped. The stations were very educational sharing much information about that specific animal and the habitats they reside in. The stations had many fun activities for children to enjoy. My kids especially loved the over sized animal puzzles!
Once every clue was answered and paper stamped at the correction station, my kids exchanged it for a bag full of goodies before leaving the zoo. The treats included in the bag were all healthy, organic, and natural choices! My family tends to only to eat the healthier stuff so I was pleased with the selection of organic chocolates, honey sticks, Lara bars, Stretch Island Fruits, and more. There were also fun pencils and stickers.
I was very pleased that the Safe Kids Coalition made an appearance at this event. They had their own station at with volunteers from FedEx reminding children and adults to be safe and seen on Halloween. They handed out reflective treat bags, zipper pulls, and slap on bracelets!
While at the zoo, it was neat to see all the animals out and they were all very lively might I add! What’s cool is that thee zoo’s enrichment team provided animals with holiday-themed treats like jack-o’-lanterns stuffed with snacks during this time of the month. My kids loved seeing some of the bears quite up close rolling around and gnawing on a big ole’ orange pumpkin!
Overall, the Howloween event was a lot of fun and it really was an added bonus to a beautifully overcast Fall day at the zoo. We plan on attending again next year and making it a part of our Autumn family traditions. Though not required, lots of kids were in costumes as well as parents too. I think this event is also a great alternative if perhaps you don’t want to take your kids out trick-or-treating on Halloween around those late evening hours. This event is not only educational but a lot of fun as well! I highly recommend checking it out next year!
DISCLAIMER: Through the Cascadia Connect group of bloggers I became aware of this event and was given free tickets for my family to go. Thanks to the zoo and others involved for this opportunity. My thoughts are mine and my family’s own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for this promotion.