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Haunted Zoo plans spooky fun

October 2, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Eyeballs hidden in a tub of cold spaghetti.

Apples strung from a pole. Or a tombstone lottery cake walk without the cake.

Anything can happen at the Haunted Zoo from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oleson Park.

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-Messenger photo by Sandy Mickelson
A child’s quilt was donated by Fort Dodge Area Quilters as the prize in a donation raffle at Saturday’s Haunted Zoo.

"We'll have a Halloween costume contest and hay bales where pictures can be taken," said Melanie Hansen, one of the organizers of the fall celebration. "We're having it from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Oktoberfest. We're just hoping to give the children something fun to do."

A fee of $5 per child lets them into the Haunted Zoo, and everything that goes on inside is free, with prizes. That includes:

Face painting and temporary tattoos.

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If you go:

The Haunted Zoo will be 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oleson Park Zoo.

Bean bag toss with the Lion's head.

Decorating a mask: Using color and feathers to make a paper mask.

Halloween bingo.

A pumpkin numbers game: Numbers attached to the bottom of pumpkins correspond to prize groups. The higher the number, the greater the prize.

Tombstone lottery: Played with spooky music and tombstones, this is much like a cake walk without the cakes.

Pin the Face on the Pumpkin.

Eyeball finding in cold spaghetti.

Apple ladder: Apples will be strung from a pole, and children must use only their mouths to pull apples from the string.

Puzzle pages and coloring pages.

Halloween costume contest and photos.


Hair feathers will be available, and a chance at a donation quilt is available for the suggested donation of $1 a ticket.

The quilt, with colorful animals was donated to the zoo by the Fort Dodge Area Quilters Inc.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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