The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival is held on Saturdays in October

Animal-loving kids can embark on a journey of discovering “scary” and cozy creatures throughout October at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival. The Halloween-themed family event features interactive animal encounters, seasonal crafts, a mini pumpkin hay maze, and an all-new Indiana ‘Bones’ excursion. The Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival kicked off Oct. 2 with private adventures from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in October and Halloween weekend.

Getting families into the spooky spirit of Halloween, this unique event features the cuddly and not-so-cuddly creatures of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, giving kids the opportunity to meet them up close and personal. Festival-goers enjoy an hour-long experience staying with their macabre band as they’re guided by spooky staff through animal encounters, monster headband crafting, and an expedition through the all-new Indiana Maze. ‘Bones’.

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the number of visitors at the same time will be limited. Festival-goers will stay in their groups and be guided through the experience by a member of the Helen Woodward Creepy Crew for the duration of the one-hour tour. Tickets are $40 and include four people. Each additional person is $10. The best part is that all funds go directly to supporting orphaned pets and Helen Woodward Animal Center programs.

Registration is required and can be done at Festival dates are Saturdays, October 9, 16, and 23, and Halloween weekend, October 30 and 31, with time slots available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families are encouraged to come a little earlier or stay a little late to meet other animals and enjoy additional activities in the event space. For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival, call 858-756-4117 x 318 or visit

Benjamin M. Yerger