Treats in store for animals, visitors at zoo's 'Howloween'

Trick-or-treaters can go on scavenger hunt to learn about wildlife, collect goodies

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 26-27, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. 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. Goody bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo's exit.

As part of Green Halloween — a nationwide initiative to make Halloween healthier and more eco-friendly — some of the zoo's goody-bag items are being provided by Stretch Island Fruits, Larabar and other natural and sustainable treat companies.

Support for Howloween is provided by FedEx in association with the Safe Kids Coalition. Volunteers from FedEx will be at the zoo Saturday, Oct. 26, reminding children and adults to be safe and seen on Halloween.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can watch the zoo's enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like jack-o'-lanterns stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items such as pumpkins help keep the zoo's animals mentally and physically stimulated.

There are many ways to celebrate Halloween at the zoo this year: