Spooktacular 2023 Will Be Held on October 21 & 22, 2023! Details About Spooktacular 2023 Will Be Announced Soon!

Spooktacular is the Utica Zoo’s premiere Halloween and harvest celebration with trick-or-treat stations, food trucks, vendors, LIVE entertainment, animals on walkabout, and the Twisted Fairy Tail Trail. This year, Spooktacular will be held on October 22 & 23 from 10am to 3pm each day! The zoo itself will remain open until 4:30pm both days. 

The Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival is an all-ages event and costumes are encouraged. The cost to participate in Spooktacular activities is $4 plus Zoo admission and includes free parking with shuttle service from Payne Hall Parking Lot at MVCC and the Parkway Recreational Center. For current zoo members, admission is free so the cost would only be $4 per person interested in participating in Spooktacular activities! Visit UticaZoo.org/Membership today to purchase your membership! 

Stay tuned to this webpage for future updates on upcoming Spooktacular events!

Here is a list of what the event includes in 2022:

  • 13 Trick r’ Treating Stations
  • The “Twisted Fairy-Tail Trail”
  • LIVE Music by Max Scialdone on Saturday 10/22
  • Special Performance by the Happy Haggs Dance Troupe of Central New York on Sunday 10/23
  • “Spooky Science” by MVCC Future Engineers’ Club
  • Special Performances by Karate USA
  • LIVE Magic Shows by Jim Okey Magic Comedy
  • Food Trucks (see below): Squeezers Lemonade, The Grapevine, and Kookie’s Q
  • Vendors (see below): Sterling Valley Maple, B&B Burnables, Love Craft Crochet/Nerdz Rezin, And Stuff of That Nature, Raw ADK, Usborne Books & More, So Sweet Candy Shoppe, Free Flow Farms, and Coupons from Nothing Bundt Cakes

This Year's Spooktacular Special Guests:


B & B Burnables
Love, Craft, Crochet
And Stuff of That Nature
Usborne Books & More

Food Trucks:


Max Scialdone (Saturday ONLY)
Happy Haggs Dance Troupe (Sunday ONLY)
Uptown Theatre
Karate USA
Jim Okey Magic Comedy
MVCC Future Engineers' Club


Photos From Previous Years:

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!