Halloween is a tricky holiday in our household. While my oldest daughter loves dressing up and trick-or-treating, she is easily scared by villains, witches, goblins, or anything that goes bump in the night. Her fears, combined with a feisty toddler thrown into the mix, make finding the right Halloween festivities a bit more challenging. I’m constantly on the lookout for wholesome family fun that’s enjoyable for all of us. That’s why I’m so excited Spooky Zoo is back this weekend at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
It’s almost like Roger Williams Park Zoo heard my pleas to make Halloween not scary and turned them into the perfect event by offering a smorgasbord of excellent activities that can accommodate both toddlers and school aged children. Starting at 10:30, children can enjoy trick-or-treating on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit (but only while supplies last, so don’t miss out!) For my dance and music loving kindergartener, the Zoo offers interactive music with dance parties in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard and a drumming circle. For my toddler obsessed with animals, the Zoo will have its annual Pumpkin Stomp with the elephants on Sunday, as well as fun animal encounters with hedgehogs, snakes, turtles, skunks, or even a surprise animal throughout the weekend. Plus, there’s the chance to hang out with Roger the Red Panda, the Zoo’s adorable, furry mascot.
If you’ve got a Star Wars enthusiast in your household, be sure to visit Spooky Zoo on Saturday to enjoy some time with Star Wars characters. If you’ve got a RI ComicCon fan, plan your trip to Spooky Zoo for Sunday. And don’t forget to head over to their photo booth to capture these memories in print (instead of just having them sit in your camera roll on your iPhone!)
The best part? Costumes are encouraged! In fact, children 12 and under who come to Roger Williams Park Zoo in costume get in for half price.
The Providence Moms Blog team can’t wait to celebrate Spooky Zoo this weekend. We hope to see you there!
Spooky Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s daytime Halloween event is back on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is free with Zoo admission. Children 12 and under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last. For more information rwpzoo.org.