The Bronx Zoo announces a new event for Halloween season: Pumpkin Nights

Pumpkin Nights is a new addition to the Halloween season at the Bronx Zoo this fall.
Pumpkin Nights is a new addition to the Halloween season at the Bronx Zoo this fall.
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With the fall season on the horizon, the Bronx Zoo is getting ready for some Halloween spirit.

Boo at the Zoo has been a tradition at the institution for years now. The month-long event — every Saturday and Sunday now through Oct. 29 — is introducing spooky storytelling and an opportunity for kids to learn about different animals at the zoo by looking at their skeletons. But of course, the zoo won’t forget the fan favorites: the costume parade, Halloween crafts, magic, mind reading and more.

But that’s not all that’s happening this year — Pumpkin Nights will be a new addition to the festivities this holiday season. Thursdays through Sundays, the Bronx Zoo will host this new nighttime event, based on the theme “what animals do after dark.”

“Pumpkin Nights at the Bronx Zoo is debuting this year at our park. It’s going to be a great new experience for young and old to enjoy the fall at the zoo and in the Bronx,” said Mary Dixon, senior vice president of communications for the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the zoo.

The newest fall experience will debut Sept. 28 this year and will be sure to get the holiday season off to a great start. The star of the night will be a Half-Mile Jack-O’-Lantern Trail, brought to life through intricately carved pumpkin sculptures and scenes, special lighting techniques and thematic music.

And there’s more  feel free to take your family to enjoy the many food trucks, fall treats and activities that will be offered before and after the trail.

“The Bronx Zoo for nearly 125 years has been a wonderful place for Bronxites to gather and bring their families,” Dixon said. “So many people you meet from the Bronx have great stories about coming to the park while growing up and now they bring their children. Pumpkin Nights at the Bronx Zoo is yet another tradition in the Bronx for families to make memories.”

The Bronx Zoo has family friendly activities all year long — with experiences like quests, penguin feedings, sea lion feedings, wild encounters, treetop adventures and the wildlife theater. The zoo will also be keeping up with its regular events like the zoo shuttle, seasonal budgie landing, the bug carousel, nature treks and summer camp next year.

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