Utica Zoo plans 32nd annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival

File photo – 2017 Spooktacular

Utica Zoo plans 32nd annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival

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 the whole family may enjoy all of the animals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21. 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 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.

Prices include admission to the zoo, trick-or-treating and games, animal meet-and-greets, zookeeper talks and animal feedings, live music, food trucks, rides on the super slide and a variety of entertainment. Utica Zoo members are $6 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 two are admitted free. 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, but an ATM is located on-site near the Sinnott Family Education Center. Autumn Avenue will be full of vendors. For updated information on Utica Zoo’s 32nd annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival fundraising event, visit uticazoo.org/spooktacular.

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

Utica Zoo Spooktacular is sponsored by I LOVE NY, Kiss FM, Bug Country, TALK 100.7 FM, Roser Communications Network, and PJ Green. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities may still be available. Email info@uticazoo.org for more information.

To stay up to date on all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org. Daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @UticaZoo.

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