Zoo Goes Wild for Howl-O-Ween

For a doggone good time, head over to the Phoenix Zoo. In 2002, the event was called “Boo at the Zoo.” In 2015 it was re-named “Howl-O-Ween,” which according to Addison Gardner, Special Event Planner, combines scary and merry activities for everyone to enjoy.

The event is now two days long. Gardner says, “We try to celebrate most major holidays here at the zoo to get the community involved and give them something fun to look forward to. We always try to incorporate conservation and education in all of our events. For Halloween this year we are featuring a ‘recycled pumpkin’ display of decorations made out of recycled material. We will also have an extinct animal graveyard that helps educate guests about animals in a fun interactive way.”

Gardner says the special event planners are the ones who come up with the ideas and activities you will see. She and Christine Boisen are a part of the 13 event planners at the zoo, putting together Howl-O-Ween.

When you attend the event, Addison says you can expect to see activities like “Trick or Treat Trail,” a pumpkin pathway, Candy Corn Bowling, a DJ and dancing, character meet and greets, animal encounters, magic shows and much more!

Howl-O-Ween will take place Oct. 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

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