Family-Friendly Portland Halloween Events @ Oregon Zoo: Pumpkin Pulverizing, Goodie Bags, Holiday Themed Treats

More great Portland Halloween events and these one is kid-friendly. You can take the kids out in the day and party with the adults on Saturday and Sunday nights using our list below.

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From Oregon Zoo:
Family-Friendly Portland Halloween Event @ Oregon Zoo | October 29 -31The Oregon Zoo's annual Squishing of the Squash, in which some of the world's largest land animals demolish one of the metro area's largest pumpkins.

Who: The zoo's elephant herd, as well as interim elephant manager Bob Lee, who will discuss how pulverizing pumpkins plays an important role in these pachyderms' well-being.

When: Friday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Meet Bill or Linda at Gate D.

Oregon Zoo Saturday & Sunday Halloween Events:

Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn more about wildlife Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo, presented by Sterling Savings and FedEx in association with the National Safe Kids Coalition. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.

"Most kids love trick-or-treating, and Howloween at the zoo provides a safe place for them to wear their costumes, have some fun and learn about animals," said Kim Smith, zoo director.

In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun. An intriguing scavenger hunt directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo. Activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the zoo, and their habitats and adaptations. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo's exit.

Additional support for Howloween is provided by Lärabar, Cascadian Farms and Stretch Island Fruits. Volunteers from FedEx will be at the zoo reminding children and adults to be safe and seen on Halloween. FedEx will provide reflective giveaways to increase children's visibility during evening hours and present safety tips for parents and drivers.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can watch the zoo's enrichment team provide animals with holiday-themed treats like pumpkins stuffed with snacks. Enrichment items such as pumpkins —— provided by Al's Garden Center —— help keep the zoo's animals mentally and physically stimulated.

"Enrichment is critical to the health and well-being of the animals," said Smith. "It's often done behind the scenes, but holidays like Halloween provide visitors with some unique opportunities to watch our animals interact with their treats."

Saturday, Oct. 30:
11:30 a.m. — Chimpanzees
12:30 p.m. — African wild dogs
1:30 p.m. — Asian elephants
2 p.m. — Polar bears
2:30 p.m. — Black bears

Sunday, Oct. 31:

10:30 a.m. — Amur tigers
11:30 p.m. — Sea otters
12:30 p.m. — African wild dogs
1:30 p.m. — Orangutans

2 p.m. — Black bears
2:30 p.m. — Asian elephants

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