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Put on your costume and go see the animals! (Photo/Katie Cotterill, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

Halloween events 2021 at local zoos and Northwest Trek

Why not celebrate with the animals this year?

Halloween events 2021: Celebrate Halloween with the animals at one of your favorite places. Animals love pumpkins, too, and zoos are perfect places to enjoy autumn and get into the spooky spirit. Go ahead and wear costumes while you’re at it!

Here are the details of our favorite animal-related Halloween events 2021:

Halloween events

The animals get to celebrate, too! (Ingrid Barrentine/ Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

Zoo Boo weekend at Point Defiance

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, 2021:

Wear a costume, collect candy and treats and enjoy the decorations around the zoo. Even the animals get a little extra something: special pumpkin enrichments! Watch animals like the wolves and meerkats munch on them. Enrichments stimulate animals’ natural behaviors, increasing mental and physical health or adding interest to their diets. Also, play games such as identifying animal skulls and animal sounds, guessing pumpkin weights and weird and wacky trivia. Finally (or first!), burn off energy in the Kids’ Zone playground. Costume parade at noon each day at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.

Masks required for all guests age 5 and older, but adults are asked to not wear full-face Halloween masks. Advance, online ticket purchase required (except for zoo members.)


(Katie Cotterill / Northwest Trek Wildlife Park)

October fun at NW Trek

The wildlife park in Eatonville will be decorated all month with spider webs and glow-in-the-dark eyes. Costumes are encourage (but no scary masks or face paint on adults, please.)

Haunted Hike: Oct. 1-31 (Friday-Sunday), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Walk the paths while doing an online scavenger hunt to solve the mystery. (QR code at the entrance).

Hoot ‘n’ Howl: Oct. 15-16 & Oct. 22-23, 5-9 p.m. Explore the wildlife park at night for a spooky but still safe experience. Walk the animal paths lit with spooky lights and visit trick-or-treat stations. Listen for nighttime animal noises. Climb like a spider or swoop like a bat at the specially lighted Kids’ Trek playground. Do Freaky Food Science at the Kids’ Trek pavilion (6:15 and 7:15 p.m. each night). Learn about nocturnal animals in special keeper chats.

Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp: Oct. 30-31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Look for pumpkins around the park, and keep your eyes peeled for when the animals receive pumpkins to chomp, stomp and roll.



Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Woodland Park Zoo

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo

It’s Halloween fun for both kids (and adults) and animals between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, at Woodland Park Zoo.

Hippos, otters, bears, penguins and other animals will be given pumpkins and fall-themed goodies to play with and snack on. It’s part of their care. Such activities are planned to help encourage natural animal behavior — and it’s entertaining for visitors, too.

In addition, there will be trick-or-treating for the small humans on hand, and, bonus: One costumed child 12 years or younger gets in free with a paid adult.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.