For the remaining weekends in October, the Cincinnati Zoo will be undergoing a slightly spooky transformation for HallZOOween.
From noon-5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17, Oct. 23 and 24 and Oct. 30 and 31, guests can enjoy special themed activities, including a Hogwarts Express Train Ride and Scare-ousel.
Kids can bring their own bags and visit special trick-or-treat stations set up throughout the grounds, or check out Phil Dalton's Theater of Illusion magic show at 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged (no full face masks, nothing gory, no toy weapons that look like real weapons, etc.).
Fall-themed treats will be available, including apple cider, apple dumplings, apple pie funnel fries, pumpkin pie lattes, cream cheese pumpkin muffins and fried cheese curds with apple chutney.
Three special costumed Fiona the hippo statues will be hidden throughout the zoo for fans to find. "See what Fiona dressed up as for Halloween. Look out, she may change from week to week!" says the zoo on its website.
And animals will be getting in on the action as well. During "Pumpkin Pandemonium," everyone from the tigers, lions and meerkats to painted dogs and hippos will be getting pumpkins as a special form of enrichment. Check out a pumpkin delivery schedule online.
HallZOOween takes place noon-5 p.m., remaining Saturdays and Sundays in October. It is included with zoo general admission (except rides, which cost an additional fee).
The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Avondale. For tickets and more info, visit cincinnatizoo.org.
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