Squishing of the Squash

October 13, 2022 - 10:30am

The Oregon Zoo’s annual Squishing of the Squash, in which the zoo's Asian elephant family demolishs some of the area’s largest pumpkins, will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

 We recommend arriving no later than 10 a.m. so you have time to make it down to Elephant Lands and see the squishing!

The Oregon Zoo’s Squishing of the Squash tradition dates back to 1999, when Hoffman’s Dairy Garden of Canby dropped off a prize-winning 828-pound pumpkin for the elephant family. In those days, local farmers often donated overstock pumpkins for use in the zoo’s groundbreaking animal enrichment efforts — improving animals’ well-being by providing stimulating and challenging environments, objects and activities.

The Squishing of the Squash is a precursor to the zoo’s Howloween celebration taking place Oct. 22-23 and 28-31. Throughout both weekends, visitors can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats. Learn more.