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Utica Zoo Spooktacular

Utica, NY – Dress up in your Halloween costumes and bring the whole family trick-or-treating at Utica Zoo’s 31st annual Spooktacular fundraising event. Spooktacular takes place during the daylight hours this year so that the whole family can enjoy seeing all of the animals: October 28 and 29 from 11 am to 5 pm. (Please note that the Utica Zoo will open at 11 am on both days). Relax and enjoy the fall foliage on the Harvest Hayride. Visit with educational animals during the animal meet and greets, attend a zookeeper talk or animal feeding. Animals throughout the zoo will receive pumpkins as enrichment on both days. Spooktacular is a ‘rain or shine’ event with free parking at the Utica Zoo. Additional free parking with bus shuttles will be available at the Parkway Rec Center and MVCC Payne Hall Lot.
Prices include admission to the zoo, trick-or-treating at 13 stations, rides on the Harvest Hayride, animal meet and greets, zookeeper talks & animal feedings, and pumpkin enrichment for the animals. Utica Zoo Members are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Purchase or renew your Utica Zoo Membership before the event! Not-yet-members are $10 for adults and $6 for children. A members-only line will be available for both days, and children under one get in free. Dancers from Maria Christina’s School of Dance will perform the famous Thriller dance. 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 Education Center. Autumn Avenue in the Rotary Pavilion will be full of vendors. Live bluegrass music by Remsen Social Club on Sunday. For updated information on Utica Zoo’s 31st annual Spooktacular fundraising event, please visit All proceeds from the event go back to the Utica Zoo.
Utica Zoo Spooktacular is sponsored by Kiss FM, Bug Country, TALK 100.7 FM, MVP Healthcare, and PJ Green. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities may still be available. Please email for more information. To stay up to date on all things Utica Zoo, visit Daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @UticaZoo.
Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation. Located in Roscoe Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo was established in 1914 as part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor. The zoo has grown from its beginnings of three Fallow Deer donated by the New York Zoological Society to its present collection of more than 100 species from around the

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