Each year the Oregon Zoo acknowledges the reason for the season (i.e. pumpkins) right around Halloween.
The Annual Squishing of the Squash takes place Friday, October 26, 2012 in the elephant area, at 10:30 a.m. The elephants will get to take out their aggression on a huge and innocent pumpkin. This event is free with your paid zoo admission.
The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo.
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. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit.
As part of a commitment to earth-conscious operations, the Oregon Zoo participates in Green Halloween – a nationwide initiative to make Halloween healthier and more eco-friendly. There will be a small amount of Halloween candy in each bag, but we are careful to source products that do not contain palm oil.
Howloween activities are also free with zoo admission. Visit the Oregon Zoo website for more information.