Halloween is one of… no wait Halloween is my favorite holiday and now that I have a son I have been dying to find great ways to celebrate the holiday. We will be celebrating Halloween first and foremost at Brookfield Zoo this year! They have the cutest Halloween zoo weekends planned! If you are in the Chicago Suburbs (or in Northwest Indiana) I highly suggest you visit the zoo for one of these two weekend events.
Boo at the Zoo
Dress up in your favorite costume and head to Brookfield Zoo at its annual Boo! at the Zoo, presented by Ferrara Candy Company, on Saturdays and Sundays, October 22-23 and October 29-30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They have had the ‘boo at the zoo’ weekend events in the past, but this year they have added some new fun treats for the kiddos! They are going to have six different stations you can visit and get treats (a mini trick or treating session if you will). Each station will feature a different Halloween backdrop where you can take pictures to commemorate the visit to the zoo!
If you are worried about children with allergies then come prepared. The sweet treats will include Halloween favorites such as Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, Black Forest Organic gummies, and classic Brach’s Candy Corn from Chicago’s own Ferrara Candy Company. (Treats are provided while supplies last.)
Special Zoo Activities
The zoo is celebrating Halloween by offering some Special Zoo Chats led by animal care staff will highlight interesting facts about these animals and more. Stop by Australia House at 11:30 a.m. for a chat about Rodrigues fruit bats, then venture over to Regenstein Wolf Woods to learn about the Mexican gray wolves at noon. At Hamill Family Play Zoo, there will be a chat about spiders at 12:30 p.m., followed by a chat about owls at 1:00 p.m. At The Swamp, there will be a chat about scorpions at 2:00 p.m. There will be a snake chat at Feathers and Scales at 2:30 p.m., and the final chat of the day will happen at Hamill Family Play Zoo and will be about the zoo’s ravens at 3:00 p.m.
As a part of the zoo’s enrichment program some lucky animals will be given their very own pumpkin!! The animals scheduled to receive pumpkin treats include rhinos on October 22; orangutans on October 23; sloth, grizzly, and polar bears on October 29; and lions on October 30. The animals will be given pumpkins to pulverize every hour so you won’t have to stress about running to the animal pen fast to avoid missing all the action!
There is so much more going on that I cannot even begin to sum up, but I hope you join us in our scary adventure while celebrating Halloween!
General zoo admission is $17.85 for adults and $12.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $11. (An additional fee applies for Hamill Family Play Zoo, hayride, and The Carousel.)