UTICA — Dress up in your Halloween costumes and bring the family for trick-or-treating and fall fun while spending time with your favorite animals at Utica Zoo's 32nd annual Spooktacular Harvest Festival fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21.
Spooktacular takes place during the daylight hours this year so that the whole family can enjoy seeing all of the animals.
There are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy visiting trick-or-treat and game stations, or take a ride on the Inflatable Super Slide. Strut your best costume for the Zoo Costume Parade or bring your pre-carved or pre-painted pumpkin for the Pumpkin Contest.
Enjoy “Thriller” dance performances from Maria Christina’s School of Dance, hula hooper demonstrations by Upstate Hoopz, comedy magic by Jim Okey on Sunday, and the soulful sounds of the Brian Mulkerne Band.
Stop by the vendor-filled Autumn Avenue Market for your favorite fall treats or the essential home décor for the autumn season.
Visit with educational animals during animal meet and greets, attend a zoo keeper talk or animal feeding.
Bring your appetite for all the food vendors on site including Grapevine Gyros, Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion and Voss’ at the Zoo.
Spooktacular is a rain or shine event with free parking at the Utica Zoo. Additional free parking with bus shuttles will be available at the Parkway Recreation Center and Mohawk Valley Community College's Payne Hall parking lot.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children for Utica Zoo members. It's $10 for adults and $6 for children for nonmembers. Admission is free for children younger than age 2.
Proceeds will benefit the animals at the Utica Zoo.