By: Angela Evans | Category: Special Interest | Issue: October 2011
Bring the kids out to the zoo for candy and much more this HallowZOOeen.
Choosing the perfect Halloween costume can be tough, whether to be a pretty princess or a wicked witch. But the best place to take your family for trick-or-treating is a no-brainer with the Tulsa Zoo’s 21st annual HallowZOOeen, October 27 through 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly. The Tulsa Zoo will put on a costume of its own this Halloween as it transforms into a spooky but not-too-scary trick-or-treating wonderland. This spooktacular event runs for five days, so you can start trick-or-treating early, or make it your Halloween evening destination.
HallowZOOeen 2011 is bringing back some treasured treats with the Walgreen’s Royal Castle and American Airlines Pirate Island. The Walgreen’s Royal Castle summons all Green Country royalty to join the Tulsa Zoo for a splendid to-do where your princess (or prince charming!) can meet the Walgreen’s Princesses, be amused with royal court activities, and even waltz around the Walgreen’s Ballroom. Perhaps a sailor’s life suits thee more? Then chart yer course for American Airlines Pirate Island for a swashbuckling adventure with the American Airlines Pirates. HallowZOOeen families can explore Walgreen’s Royal Castle and American Airlines Pirate Island free with HallowZOOeen admission.
Of course the Tulsa Zoo hasn’t forgotten about the candy! Corporate-sponsored Goblin Stops line the zoo to provide a safe trick-or-treating environment where your kiddos can fill up their goodie bags – and with over three tons of candy, there will be plenty of treats! Goblin Stop sponsors this year include: Subway, QuikTrip, Whirlpool, Sonic, Helmerich & Payne, Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office, BP Pipeline, and a supporting sponsorship from Great Plains Coca Cola.
A feature any “buoy” or “ghoul” will enjoy is the one-of-a-kind Pirate Ship, where your seaworthy sprouts can take the helm, or take a tour through the American Airlines Haunted House – if you dare! The whole family will enjoy the Pumpkin Patch Playroom, with a Hay Maze, pumpkin decorating and carnival games.
The Haunted Train Ride is back with spooky (but not too scary!) surprises around every turn for only $4, and you can also take a spin on the Cross-Eyed Carousel for only $1. This is a very popular event, with over 15,000 guests, so get advance tickets today and skip the lines. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tulsazoo.org, or at the Tulsa Zoo daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for admission is $8 for the general public and $7 for Zoo Friends members. Children one and under are free if not trick-or-treating. Premium parking is available for only $5. Visit the zoo’s website for more information or if your organization would like to be a sponsor for this event.
For over 20 years, thousands of families keep coming back for the Tulsa Zoo’s HallowZOOeen event as a safe alternative for their Halloween fun. So bring your family to trick-or-treat in the wildest neighborhood in town at the Tulsa Zoo’s HallowZOOeen!