by Ben Posey
Have a wild hare? How about Halloween with the young spooks this year by taking them to Boo at the Zoo. Kids will have harmless fun with the many wild animal exhibits, trick-or-treating around the zoo and all kinds of PG-rated activities. The zoo is filled with nothing but adorable animals, educational opportunities and a cheerful Halloween experience.
Treat Stations and carnival games at Boo at the Zoo require a treat coupon. Zoo guests and Zoo members will receive six Boo at the Zoo treat coupons (per admission ticket/Zoo membership) at the Zoo’s ticket booths at no additional cost. Additional treat coupons may be purchased at the ticket booth and in the Special Events Pavilion for $3/six coupons. Treat coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire park.
Get up close and personal at Wild Encounters with the zookeepers as they deliver amazing facts and stats about your favorite wild things.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, you can hear special facts at the World of Primates, the African Savannah, Asian Falls, Texas Wild and much more.
The Fort Worth Zoo also just announced that the city’s most popular tourist attraction is planning a $100 million facelift. Among the planned improvements are renovated habitats, new exhibit space, special events space, dining areas and new ways for visitors to observe, interact with and learn about animals. The planning began in 2011 and developments have already begun. The plan is divided into stages – African Savanna, Elephant Springs, Hunters of Africa and Asian Predators and Forests and Jungles. It encompasses a mission of not only conserving wildlife but also educating and motivating future leaders.
Fort Worth’s Community Centers host festivals celebrating autumn, Halloween
Fort Worth’s community centers are celebrating with a variety of festivals, carnivals — and even a campout — that promises safe, family-friendly fun for kids of all ages. Contact the center for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, 817-392-7410. Free
Fall Festival at Highland Hills Community Center, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, 1600 Glasgow Road, 817-392-2580. Cost: $1
Fall Festival at MLK Jr. Community Center, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 5565 Truman Drive, 817-392-5966. Cost: $1
Friday, Oct. 28
Hillside Community Center’s Spooktacular Fall Festival, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28, 1201 E. Maddox, 817-392-7660. Cost: $2 per person
Halloween Family Campout at R.D. Evans Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28-10 a.m. Oct. 29, 3242 Lackland Road, 817-392-7400. Cost: $20 per family of five, $5 for each additional family member
Saturday, Oct. 29
Harvest Fest Carnival at Northside Community Center, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 29, 1100 N.W. 18th St., 817-392-5992. Free
Fall Festival at Southwest Community Center, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29, 6300 Welch Ave., 817-392-7613. Free
After Dark in Sylvania Park (Riverside Community Center), 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29, 3700 E. Belknap St., 817-392-7640. Free
Monday, Oct. 31
Trunk or Treat at Chisholm Trail Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 4936 McPherson Blvd., 817-392-8070. Free