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. 29-30, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and is free with zoo admission.

In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations. Kids can collect treats and prizes at the different stations, provided in part by FedEx Ground and Safe Kids. Because our everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only chooses candy with deforestation-free palm oil.

Throughout the day, 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 a passel of pumpkins provided by Al's Garden Center, help keep the zoo's animals mentally and physically engaged.