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. 25-26, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day 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. Kids can collect treats and prizes as they visit each station.

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 engaged.

To keep the weekend festivities howling, the zoo is offering an evening event just for kids on Saturday night. Zoo lovers ages 6-13 can come in costume to explore the mysteries of the zoo at night, with a guided safari and visits to the animal hospital and kitchens. Games, treats and a costume parade round out the fun night, which also includes dinner. Halloween Safari runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Pre-registration is required.