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Hi! It's me, Lily. The smallest tadpole in the Frog Family and the biggest zoo fan. Our family hopped by HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo, and I can't wait to tell you all about it. If you love animals as much as I do and dressing up for Halloween (but don't like the scary parts of Halloween), then you are going to love HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo. I toadally have a good time playing games, hopping to the music and seeing the zoo looking so boo-tiful and gourd-geous at night. Let's hop into the details of the HalGLOWeen San Diego Zoo celebration!
This not-so-spooky event is a lot of fun for the whole family. It doesn't get much better than the San Diego Zoo's fall event, HalGLOWeen! This family-friendly nighttime party is included in your San Diego Zoo ticket, and best of all (if you ask my dad) all kids 11 and under get in for free every day in October!
The zoo is decorated with fluorescent pumpkins and creatures, which glow after the sun goes down. You can enjoy extended nighttime hours with music, games, entertainment and spooky "featured creatures" in this HalGLOWeen extravaganza! You can even try some creepy treats if you are brave enough!
HalGLOWeen runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for the whole month of October. All the fun is included with regular admission to the San Diego Zoo. The biggest treat of all is that kids 11 and younger get into the San Diego Zoo for free for all of October — one adult with a valid form of admission can bring up to five kids! They just walk right in with the ticket holder! So easy peasy!
You can purchase your discount San Diego Zoo tickets and Go City passes from your favorite frogs. Ribbit!
There’s so much to see and do for this event. The whole Frog Family had a ribbiting good time. If you also want to visit the animals at the zoo, tell your mommy and daddy to arrive early, while it is still light out so you can visit your favorite animals before it gets too dark to see them.
The HalGLOWeen festivities begin at 5 p.m. You can get the list of Halloween activities and download a map beforehand. You can pick up a paper zoo map at the entrance (I always love to hold the map!). Use the San Diego Zoo app to see the schedule of the night.
HalGLOWeen isn’t a trick-or-treating event, but kids can wear costumes and get prizes for participating in activities, so be ready to join in the fun. If you’re looking for a trick-or-treat event, check out the LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat, Sesame Place Spooktacular and SeaWorld San Diego Spooktacular Halloween events. If you're looking for a Halloween experience geared toward animal-loving littles like me, HalGLOWeen San Diego Zoo is a great pick!
The San Diego Zoo is such a big place! Look for the glowing pumpkins to draw you in to activities. Here’s a list of all the activities available at this boo-tacular event by the area where you can find them:
Front Street and Centennial Plaza
Wildlife Explorer's Basecamp:
The whole family can dress up for HalGLOween at the San Diego Zoo. I never turn down a chance to wear a costume or Halloween-themed clothes — I have so many that it can be hard to pick! Mommy Frog usually looks at the weather forecast and helps me pick one that will be the most comfortable. You do not want to be too hot or too cold! And a word of advice for my sister unicorn princesses out there: No fancy shoes. Always wear some comfy shoes so you can have hoppy feet for dancing and playing!
There are costume guidelines for this family-friendly event:
Hop into the gift shops for HalGLOWeen merchandise. You can get pumpkin glow necklaces in the zoo. Mommy Frog says it makes it easier to see me in the dark. I just think they are fun!
Look for HalGLOween specials all day and night at the restaurants. We saw a sign for a pumpkin pie shake at the Front Street Sweet Shack. We also got some candy corn cotton candy. Yum!
Try the dried salt and pepper crickets. Yep, you read that right! At Zoolittle’s Tricks & Treats, we saw magic tricks and shared some laughs. Dr. Zoolittle was so funny! Magic trick participants got a free glow bracelet, and the kids tried salt and pepper crickets to eat after the show. They were actually tasty!
Drumroll, please! While we found all of these activities super fun, there are a few tips and favorite shows that made it to the top of my list that I want to share with you so you can get the most from your night:
So, go hop on over to the San Diego Zoo and spend the day with the animals and then stay for the tricks and treats after 5 p.m. I can't wait to go again!
Have you attended HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo? What was your favorite part? Share with us in the comments below!
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