Hoot ‘N’ Howl and Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at Northwest Trek

One is a nighttime carnival for people; the other a daytime chance to see animals having some fall fun

EATONVILLE, Wash. – What better way to celebrate fall than with a rare nighttime trek through the forests of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park? The very festive Hoot ‘n’ Howl runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, and it’s unlike any other event of the year at the 725-acre wildlife park.

Guests are encouraged to come in costume (leave scary masks at home, please) for an event that features old-fashioned country-fair-style and other games; trick-or-treating throughout the wildlife park; nighttime tram rides through the 435 acre Free-Roaming Area; animal keeper talks; and educational crafts and activities.

Discounted tickets for Hoot ‘n’ Howl are available at Northwest Trek website, www.nwtrek.org.

And if that’s not enough fall fun (and who ever has enough fall fun?), there’s a Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at Northwest Trek on Oct. 31. Animals will get a large share of the entertainment on this day, with Northwest native inhabitants throughout the wildlife park receiving pumpkin enrichments to, well, chomp! stomp! smash! and otherwise enjoy.

Visitors who come in costume on Oct. 31 will receive $3 off general admission.

Here’s a rundown of Hoot ‘n’ Howl activities.

  • Try to spot Roosevelt elk, bighorn sheep, Willow the moose calf and other animals during a nighttime tram ride through the Free-Roaming Area.
  • Trick-or-treat for goodies throughout the wildlife park.
  • Make spooktacular crafts to take home.
  • Take a photo with props at the Photo Booth.
  • Learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse.
  • Meet animals up close at Trailside Encounters.
  • Try your skill at country-fair-style games, including a special miniature golf course
  • Enjoy colorful lights and fall-themed decorations around the wildlife park.

Hoot ‘n’ Howl general admission tickets purchased in advance online are just $11.50 for adults (13-64) and 7.50 for youth (3-12). Member tickets bought in advance online are $9.50 for adults and $5.50 for youths. Children 2 and younger are admitted free.

And on Oct. 31, look for animals throughout the wildlife park to receive pumpkin enrichments that are bound to have them chomping and playing and will undoubtedly provide visitors with a whole lot of fall fun just watching the action.

For more information about Hoot ‘n’ Howl and Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp, go to www.nwtrek.org.

Northwest Trek, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is a 725-acre zoological park dedicated to conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and their natural habitats. The wildlife park, a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. It’s located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161.