McMaken: Wheaton Park District offers family fall fun
Fall is a great time of year in Wheaton. The leaves are turning a golden hue, the jack-o-lanterns are beginning to appear on front stoops and the air is crisper and more friendly for campfires and hot chocolate. For families looking for fun this October, the Wheaton Park District is offering a number of exciting events to celebrate the autumn season with more fun than fright.
First of all, throughout the month of October, Cosley Zoo’s front lawn will be bursting with the bounty of the season: pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, apples and other fall produce. Guests can sip on apple cider while they choose which pumpkin to transform into a grinning jack-o-lantern. Entrance to Pumpkin Fest is included in zoo admission cost. Proceeds benefit the continued development of the zoo.
In addition to the fun that happens at Pumpkin Fest all month, Cosley Zoo is hosting Spooktacular on Oct. 25 (two time options: 5:30-7 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m.), an evening sure to delight even the youngest guests. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and can take part in a variety of activities: making crafts, walking around a spooky pond path or a “not-so-scary” straw maze and pumpkin carving. Cosley Zoo staff will also be in costume as they help kids with their activities and introduce them to live animals.
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