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 and 30, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. Costumes are optional but encouraged. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, their habitats and adaptations, and what humans can do to help them. Kids can collect treats and prizes at the different stations. Because our everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only chooses candy by companies making the switch to deforestation-free palm oil.

Throughout the day, guests can watch zookeepers provide animals with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items such as these help keep the zoo's animals mentally and physically engaged.