If you'd like to start your Halloween celebration early, the Tracy Aviary and Living Planet Aquarium are holding spooky events where the kids can dress up and get some pre-Halloween treats. Two local kids' authors will be meeting their young readers at The King's English this November. Get the books early to get the kids excited to meet the writers.


Halloween Hoot at Tracy Aviary

Take the kids for a candy scavenger hunt tour and special Halloween bird show at Tracy Aviary—plus story time at the Chase Mill, create-your-own-crow crafts and face painting.

Those in costume receive $1 off admission.

Halloween Hoot runs 9 a.m.–5 p.m. from Oct. 29–31. Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South (Liberty Park), SLC Click here for the full schedule of activities.

The Haunted Rainforest at Living Planet Aquarium

To celebrate the weekend before Halloween, The Living Planet is transforming the “Journey to South America” into the “Haunted Rainforest.”

Venture through the aquarium’s spooky rainforest (not too scary for the young ones) to see the aquarium’s creepiest residents like man-eating piranha, giant anacondas and Goliath bird-eating spiders.

The Haunted Rainforest is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. from Oct. 29–31.

On Halloween, the aquarium will also host activities, scavenger hunts and a craft corner from 1–4 p.m., along with a costume parade at 1:30 p.m. and story time every half hour between 1:30 and 4 p.m.

Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy Click here for more info.


The King’s English Bookshop often holds author meet ‘n’ greets, and two children’s authors are on deck. So, this weekend, look for these books at your local library (or King’s English):

Darza the Little Dragon by local author Amanda Bullard Kaneko, illustrated by Lowell Hildebrandt.

A young dragon gets lost on her way home and is helped by a new friend named Stockton. Along the way, the duo run into a slithering snake, blue bird, orange fish and brown monkey— all the while becoming best of friends.

Amanda Bullard Kaneko will read from her new book and meet with young readers at King’s English on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.

Little Red Riding Hood: Into the Forest Again by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger

This chapter book for ages 7–10 is about Little Red bringing a cake to grandmother’s house and her spooky adventure along the way. And yes, the Big Bad Wolf makes a reappearance.

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger will read from her new book and meet with young readers on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.