For immediate release
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ 26th annual Spooktacular is preparing for a haunting good time
Oct. 18 – 20 and 25 – 31, 2013 Presented by Pepsi
October 14, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fl -
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announces its 26th annual Spooktacular to be held October 18 - 20 and 25 - 31. The opening ceremony begins nightly at 6:30 p.m. with ticket sales stopping at 9 p.m., and the Zoo closing at 10 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite family-friendly costumes to enjoy trick-or-treating, music, dancing, and delicious food - all while viewing some of their favorite zoo animals including the bobcats, alligators, jaguars, Lost Temple exhibit, and giraffes.
Spooktacular’s Lands of Enchantment will highlight a variety of family-friendly attractions including the Road to Oz, the Frog Prince and Princess’s enchanted forest, A Nightmare Before Christmas, a Pirate’s Cove and hundreds of carved and illuminated pumpkins in Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin Patch. The Great Lawn will feature activities such as bounce houses, giant slides and face painting. The seven tasty candy stations located around the Zoo are not to be missed.
Spooktacular also includes three optional scare zones: the Forest of No Return, as well as the Garden of the Living Dead, and The Witch’s Castle. These areas offer adults and brave children opportunities to delight in fright! These scare zones are not recommended for the faint-of-heart.
“I know how important it is for parents to have a venue where their little ones can have fun in a safe and familiar environment,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. “We are thrilled the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens fills that need in our community. We have made a commitment to make Spooktacular more outstanding every year and I believe we have truly outdone ourselves this time.”
Spooktacular, presented by Pepsi, is Jacksonville’s premier Halloween event for safe family fun and entertainment. It is also the Zoo’s largest fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the care and feeding of the animals. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members, and children ages two and younger are free. Parking is free. To purchase tickets in advance at a discounted rate and, for more information, please visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. For more information on the Zoo, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.