Halloween at the Wild Animal Park : Pumpkins at the Park

October 15th, 2008

Pumpkins at the Park - Wild Animal Park (C)Celebrate Halloween at the Wild Animal Park‘s Pumpkin at the Park event and enjoy a safe, family-friendly Halloween adventure!

Pumpkins at the Park transforms the Wild Animal Park into a safe, family friendly Halloween adventure! Take part in the Trick-or-Treating Scavenger Hunt, learn about animals of the past at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, enjoy some Eerie Entertainment, watch Pumpkin Decorating and Scarecrow Stuffing demonstrations, take part in the Conservation Cupcake Walk and Costume Contest, and keep a look out for some Spooky Animal Encounters. There will also be animal enrichment throughout each day for the Gorillas and Lion Camp residents.

Events planned at the Wild Animal Park for Pumpkins at the Park include:

Trick-or-Treating Scavenger Hunt (All day) - Pick up your Pumpkins at the Park Map Insert for information on the daily activities and the Trick-or-Treating Scavenger Hunt questions.

DisneyShoppingCostume Contest (Noon) - Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their costumes to the Costume Contest, where some fabulous prizes will be awarded to different age groups. Compete for some wonderful prizes in the following age categories:

0 to 6 years old -

  • Grand Prize: Savanna Safari Tour for 4
  • 1st Place: 4-pack of tickets to the Wild Animal Park
  • 2nd Place: Gift Bag

7 to 12 years old -

  • Grand Prize: Snapshot Caravan Tour for 4
  • First Place: 4-pack of tickets to the Wild Animal Park
  • 2nd Place: Gift Bag

13 to 17 years old -

  • Grand Prize: Roar & Snore for 4, Classic Tent
  • 1st Place: 4-pack of tickets to the Wild Animal Park
  • 2nd Place: Gift Bag

A Special Note about Costumes at the Wild Animal Park:

All guests 17 years of age and younger may dress in their favorite Halloween costume and must follow these guidelines:

  • Costumes should be child-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, or violent.
  • Guests may wear masks. However, masks must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
  • Costumes should not drag on the ground.
  • Costumes should not contain sharp objects, pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
  • Costumes should not contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • During normal Park operating hours, costumes are only permitted for guests 17 years of age and younger.
  • Guests that do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into the event unless their costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
    Creepy Crafts (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) - Take part in kooky decorating and make portly pumpkins, Halloween pinatas, and spooky bracelets at different locations around the Park. Check your Map Insert for details.

Eerie Entertainment in Discovery Station (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) - Get your fortune told, hear some spooky stories, and sing some creepy songs at the Wild Animal Park’s Discovery Station. Fortune-telling will take place in the straw bale house at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Storytelling and Sing-Along will take place at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Extinct Animal Graveyard (All Day) - Stop by the Extinct Animal Graveyard and learn about the animals that once roamed the Earth.

Wild Animal Park (C)Pumpkin Decorating Demonstration (10:00 am) - Watch as a plain orange squash is transformed into a glorious Jack-o-lantern!

Scarecrow Stuffing Demonstration (11:00 am) - What do you feed a scarecrow? Lots of hay!

Conservation Cupcake Walk (1:30 pm) - Help make a difference for wildlife! Just $1.00 to participate.

Halloween Bites (All Day) - Enjoy some of your favorite treats and beverages with a Halloween twist throughout the Wild Animal Park. Pick up kid’s ice cream cones with black and orange sprinkles, green slime ICEEs, cotton candy in Halloween colors, orange muffins and donuts, and much more!

Wild Animal Park (C)Pumpkins at the Park takes place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Wild Animal Park on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 25, 2008
  • Sunday, October 26, 2008
  • Saturday, November 1, 2008
  • Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pumpkins at the Park is an all ages event and is free with admission to the Wild Animal Park. The Wild Animal Park is located in San Diego North, at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027. Pumpkins in the Park is made possible through the generous support of the San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union.

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