In this week's 'The Zoo's News,' Mike Beck tells us everything we need to know about the Utica Zoo's upcoming Halloween event: Spooktacular.

On Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, the Utica Zoo will be hosting their annual Halloween celebration. Director of Communications at the Utica Zoo, Mike Beck explains to us a little more about the event. He says this is actually the 31st year the zoo has put on their "Spooktacular" celebration.

It's also our third largest fundraiser in terms of bring money into the zoo. We're very thankful when people come out and support the Utica Zoo during our fundraising events.

"Spooktacular" is a family-friendly event, where everyone can dress up in their costumes, there's different stations around the zoo for the kids to collect candy, and of course the opportunity to see all the wonderful animals at the zoo.

Beck explains they're doing a few things different this year for "Spooktacular." The event happens both days (Saturday and Sunday), from 11am to 5pm. He says they're just doing it during the daytime so you can still see all the animals. Beck goes on to say they will still be doing a hayride this year as well, but it will be a "harvest hayride," which will take participants up Master Garden Road to view the fall foliage.

Admission to this event includes your admission to the zoo, 13 different trick-or-treat stations, and a trip on the "harvest hayride." The zoo will also have "Autumn Avenue," which will be an area filled with local vendors with a whole bunch of fall goodies available.

On top of all this, some of the animals at the Utica Zoo will be getting "pumpkin enrichment" during the event. You can hear more about this special "treat" for the animals in the video (at the top of this page).

We want to thank Mike Beck for joining us on another segment of "The Zoo's News." You can get more information on their Spooktacular event by visiting:

If you have a question about the Utica Zoo, their upcoming events, or even about the animals at the zoo, you can submit them by clicking the link below. They may even be used for an upcoming episode of "The Zoo's News."




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