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Oklahoma City Zoo expects big crowds for trick-or-treat event

Good weather could bring in even more visitors than normal for the annual trick-or-treat event at the zoo.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: October 27, 2010 at 12:18 am •  Published: October 27, 2010

Warm, dry weather could mean a boost in attendance this week at the annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The trick-or-treating event kicked off Tuesday night, and big crowds are expected. Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said more than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend if the weather holds out.

"Weather is the scariest factor that we ever face," she said.

Forecasters predict dry, warm days the rest of this week with highs in the 70s.

Visitors can collect candy along a lighted, pumpkin-lined path through the zoo.

Zoo officials bought more than 300,000 pieces of candy to hand out. More than 900 volunteers and staff members will help during the six-night event.

Some animals are out and active at night, and sea lions barking, peacocks calling and lions roaring always get visitors' attention, Henson said.

"I love it when you hear those types of noises you only hear at the zoo," she said. "It's totally unique."

Admission for trick-or-treaters is $6 daily during business hours and $7 at the door. Visitors who don't trick-or-treat are admitted free. Concessions will be for sale. The event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily through Sunday. For more information, call 424-3344 or go to

The zoo raised more than $125,000 last year from sponsorships, admissions, concessions and other sources. Profits from Haunt the Zoo go to the zoo's general fund, Henson said.