Guests are invited to bring their little ghouls and goblins to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® for Spooktacular on October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Zoo offers Spooktacular as a safe, not-so-scary way for families to have fun with Halloween.
This fun-filled evening includes admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium after-hours, trick or treating and fun activities! During Spooktacular, visitors will experience hundreds of illuminated pumpkins that will line the path, glowing performances from Omaha Street Percussion and Animal Ambassadors. The Zoo will be glistening with twinkling lights in festive colors with illuminated trees and gleaming ghoulish figures. Kids will enjoy the Zoo’s bounce house and test their skills at fun games like Ring-the-Pumpkin and Apple Toss.
Guests will be able to visit Storybook Lane where kids will interact with enchanting princesses and courageous superheroes for a fun photo opportunity! The String Beans and the Mighty Magic Pants, both popular children’s music groups, will have guests tappin’ their toes with their dance-tastic tunes.
Returning this year is Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, where kids will be able to have a great time playing, splashing and dancing in foam. Meet some friendly mermaids in a photo opportunity inside the Scott Aquarium. Also, guests can view our Pumpkin Tree with a special tree lighting ceremony each night at 7 p.m.
There are even a few exhibits that will be open late for this special event. Visitors will have the chance to wander through the Aquarium, get a nighttime glimpse of the Lied Jungle® to watch the free flying bats and see Kingdoms of the Night® and the nocturnal animals during their daylight cycle.
This year’s treat station sponsors include: Approach Climbing Gym, The Asthma and Allergy Center, Boys Town, Canvas Salon and Day Spa, Chick-Fil-A of Bellevue, Child Saving Institute, Children’s Dental Specialists, Chesterman Co. Coca Cola, Cold Stone Creamery, Community Supports, Inc., Clearview Pet Care Centre, Dave and Buster’s, DiVentures Scuba and Swim Centers, Do Space, Family Fun Cutz, FAMILY Inc., First National Bank – NEST 529 College Savings, Hardin Knights 4-H Club, Heartland Family Service, Little Hands at Work & Play Childcare, MedExpress, Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Dance, Nebraska Medicine, Old Chicago – Eagle Run, Omaha Home for Boys, Omaha Performing Arts, On With Life, Raising Cane’s, Sky Zone, Swimtastic Swim School, Sysco Lincoln, Inc., Two Men and A Truck, United Way of the Midlands, and Understood.Org.
Candy giveaways are provided by Chocolat Frey, Hy-Vee, Oriental Trading Company and Sixlets Chocolatey Candies. Lights provided by event partner, Holidynamics.
Kids are encouraged to wear a costume for trick-or-treating. Tickets currently on sale at OmahaZoo.com and inside Guest Services at the Zoo for $8.95 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or $9.95 per person for non-members. Children two and under are free. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Spooktacular is Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s largest annual fundraiser. Event proceeds go toward the Zoo and Aquarium’s animal health, wellness and enrichment programs as well as furthering conservation worldwide.