Spooky Season is finally here at the Utica Zoo. You can bring your family to the zoo to enjoy the fall spooky season, while still being safe during a pandemic.

With COVID restrictions, the Utica Zoo is unable to hold their regular Spooktacular Harvest Festival, but that isn’t stopping them from decorating the grounds, doing pumpkin enrichment with the animals, and more. Kids under 13 who visit the Zoo dressed in costume will receive a bag of treats, and food vendors Little Jordanos and Brake from the Grind will be available for all of your concession needs.

Spooky Season at the Utica Zoo is October 24th and 25th from 10am-4pm and October 31st and November 1st from 10am-4pm. Standard admission rates of $8 for adults, $5 for kids 3-12, $6.75 for seniors 62+, and kids under 2 are free.

“Not being able to hold our annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival is another big loss for us this year,” said Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager Mark Simon, “but we really wanted to embrace the season as much as we are able and allow our visitors to do the same. Our animals love the pumpkin enrichment too, so it’s just a great reason to celebrate the Spooky Season with our community."

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Hit Up The Haunted Trail With The Utica Zoo

Hit the Beaversprite trails and view spooky, animal-themed decor with Halloween stations along the way to guide you through the trails and keep the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up. There will also be a Halloween scavenger hunt, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Trail adventurers will be rewarded with a bounty of treats at the end of the trail at the Nature Center. Enjoy the Nature Center, games, and crafts, plus fall snacks and cider, or head out to the fire pit to warm by the fire and get your s' mores fix while taking in a spooky story.

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