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Ghouls and Glow at Omaha zoo returns

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It’s time to get costumes and candy bags ready as Ghouls and Glow returns to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this weekend and Oct. 15-30.

This year guests will see dancing skeletons, candy monsters, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, witches, wizards, spider web arches, sugar skulls with elements of nature, an eerie house, a mummy band and other friendly ghouls, according to a press release.

There will be a main lantern display featuring over 400 “larger than life” lanterns. Bats, vultures, spice and black cats will also help illuminate the trails throughout the zoo.

“Outside of the main lantern display, hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins will glisten along the zoo’s pathways, as well as a 14-foot-tall pumpkin tree and themed lighting and décor provided by the zoo’s holiday lighting partner, Holidynamics,” the release said.

Trick-or-treating takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. each night and guests should bring their own bags to collect candy.

“Throughout the evening, Omaha Circus Arts will showcase their amazing acts of fire dancing, aerials, juggling and flow arts, while Omaha Street Percussion returns with their popular percussion performances,” the release said. “Joe Cole’s Magic Show will bring awe and delight to little ones and a DJ on the Desert Dome Plaza will keep everyone dancing all night long.”

The Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium will be open during the event and guests can attend an animal ambassador program or grab food from Sea Turtle Café or make s’mores at Omaha Steaks Grill.

All proceeds from this event are used towards animal health, wellness, enrichment programs and to help further conservation efforts worldwide, according to the release.

Tickets can be purchased at


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