Parents looking for a safe, family-friendly place to take their munchkins this fall can simply follow the Yellow Brick Road straight to the Indianapolis Zoo for Halloween ZooBoo presented by the Indianapolis Honda Dealers. This year’s theme is “The Wonderful World of ZooBoo,” which puts a Zoo spin on Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel “The Wonderful World of Oz.”
From 2 to 7pm for nine enchanted days — October 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 — guests will enjoy decorations and characters pulled straight from the pages of Baum’s book along with all their favorite ZooBoo activities.
Costumes are encouraged and children can bring a bag to trick-or-treat at five stations in the Plains area. The little ones will also love racing through an obstacle course at the Kroger Splash Park and visiting the ZooBoo Activity Center presented by Macy’s, which includes a howling-good time with Pumpkin Bowling presented by Indiana Members Credit Union as well as other fun games and crafts.
Visitors can enjoy Halloween-themed dolphin shows and animal chats, and the animals will stay out late to let guests enjoy the Zoo until the sun sets. Even the elephant herd will get into the Halloween spirit with the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of elephant pumpkin smash.
Visitors won’t want to miss the Zoo’s rides, which have been tricked out for Halloween. The White River Junction Train presented by Marathon and 4-D Theater presented by YP will both receive a “The Wizard of Oz” theme. The Roller Ghoster and Round-Go-Merry — the Zoo’s carousel ride in reverse — are sure to give guests a thrill.
With a few heel clicks of their ruby red slippers, guests can finish their spooktacular visit with fun photo opportunities and some Ghoulish Goodies! Best of all, ZooBoo activities are included with regular Zoo admission and free for Zoo members. Discount tickets are even available at area Marsh and Donatos locations.