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 bit.ly/3A4TaOQ. 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 animalcenter.org.

Benjamin M. Yerger