32nd annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular slated

Published Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — Dress up in your Halloween costumes and bring the whole family for trick-or-treating and fall fun at Utica Zoo’s 32nd annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival fundraising event.

Spooktacular takes place during the daylight hours this year so that the whole family can enjoy seeing all of the animals: Oct. 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spooktacular is a rain or shine event with free parking at the Utica Zoo. Additional free parking with free bus shuttles will be available at the Parkway Rec Center and MVCC Payne Hall Lot.

Bring the family for a Zoo full of fall fun and Halloween treats. Visit trick-or-treat and game stations, or take a ride on the Inflatable Super Slide. Strut your best costume for the Zoo Costume Parade or bring your pre-carved or pre-painted pumpkin for the Pumpkin Contest.

Enjoy “Thriller” dance performances from Maria Christina’s School of Dance, Hula Hooper demonstrations by Upstate Hoopz, Comedy Magic by Jim Okey on Sunday, and the soulful sounds of the Brian Mulkerne Band.

Visit the Autumn Avenue Market for your favorite fall treats or the essential home décor for the autumn season. Visit with educational animals during animal meet and greets, attend a zoo keeper talk, or animal feeding. 

Admission is $10, $6 for children, $6 Utica Zoo Members, and $3 for member children. A members-only line will be available for both days, and children under age 2 get in free.

All proceeds from the event benefit the animals of the Utica Zoo.

Prices include admission to the zoo, trick-or-treating and games, animal meet and greets, zookeeper talks & animal feedings, live music, food trucks, rides on the Super Slide and a variety of entertainment.

Food trucks and vendors will be at Spooktacular, including Grapevine Gyros, Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion, and Voss’ at the Zoo. Most vendors are cash only and an ATM is located on site near the Sinnott Family Education Center. Autumn Avenue will be full of vendors.

On the net: uticazoo.org/spooktacular