All posts by Eva Kirschbaum

A Peoria area tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Scary Park offers a kid-friendly Halloween experience.  This family event offers trick-or-treating, hayrack rides, haunted train rides, animal encounters and much more!

Wildlife Scary Park has been a Peoria area tradition for 33 years. When the event first started, it was simply a Halloween Party with candy for kids that took place in the train depot. Everyone got to ride the spooky train through the woods and dress in costumes. As the year’s progress the high attendance allowed the Park to expand the program to what it is today. Each year records are broken with attendance. We have maintained our low admission rate while offering more activities to accommodate the large crowds and give you the biggest bang for your buck. We thank you for the ongoing support over the years and hope to see you again this fall!

Friday, October 19th, 5pm-10pm
Saturday, October 20th, 2pm-10pm
Sunday, October 21st, 2pm-8pm
Friday, October 26th, 5pm-10pm
Saturday, October 27th, 2pm-10pm
Sunday, October 28th, 2pm-8pm 

At the Door Prices:
Non-Members: $10
Members: $8
Children 2 & under: Free
Fun Zone: $5/person
Parking: $5, members free

Advanced Admission and Fun Zone Bundle Prices:
Non-Member Bundle- $13 ($15 at door)
Member Bundle- $11 ($13 at door)
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Included in General Admission:
-Giant Trick-or-Treat Trail
-Ride on the Train-sylvania Express. Visit before 7pm for a not so scary ride
-Hayrack rides
-Animals on Display
and MORE!

Fun Zone: $5 wristband for unlimited play. Save $2 by purchasing in advanced online.
-Foot Darts
-Laser Tag
-Hall of Horror Haunted House

Last General Park Admission:
Friday: 3:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm
Animal Trails: Close at 4:30pm every night

Silver Line Events & Catering-Brisket Sandwich, tenderloins, pulled pork, turkey legs, walking tacos, hot dogs, pretzels,onion stacks, french fries, elephant ears, funnel cakes, cotton candy, apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee
Nachos Mama Grilled Cheese (first weekend only) – Full menu
Kona Ice- Snow cones
DeMarchi’s Espresso – Hot chocolate and specialty coffee drinks
Haddads – Gyros, falafel, pork chops, brats and hot dogs
Uncle Les’ Kettle Corn-¬† Kettle corn and lemonade
Swanee’s Pretzels (Oct 27¬†only)-¬† Specialty pretzels
Sweet Addictions – Sessert items, nuts and fudge
Mini Donut Trolley – Mini donuts
BB’s Place – Ribs, rib tips, jerk chicken, mac and cheese and fried chicken
Bud’s Rootbeer (second weekend only)- Homemade rootbeer, cream and ginger soda
J and J Concessions – Hot dogs, burgers, brats, hot chocolate, chili, corn bread, pork chops

All tickets are non-refundable and valid for any of the six nights of Wildlife Scary Park. Activities subject to change and weather. Scary Park is a rain or shine event.

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On the evening of March 18th, a female otter pup was born at Wildlife Prairie Park. The pup was given the name Winchester, as an ode to her parents, Annie and Oakley; she is called Winnie for short. The new otter pup has been under the private care of Park Animal Keepers for several months. She is eating solid foods, learning to swim and growing stronger every day. Park animal keepers have been giving Pupdates via their Facebook page, Wildlife Prairie Park, and allowing fans to get a glimpse into her life. After a long awaited 4 months, Winnie is now on public display! She is located in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center which is located on the back side of the Park’s Visitor Center. Also located in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is male mink, Chester and female opossums, Agnes and Mavis. Access to this area is included in general admission which is $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12, children ages 2 and under can enter the Park for free. Winnie will remain on display here until she is large enough to explore the otter yard on her own

Our Story 

Five years ago, Wildlife Prairie Park was in danger of closing its doors. The Park was not operating properly. Attendance was down, membership was at an all-time low, buildings were falling apart and animals were not being cared for. This caused the formation of Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park, a governing board who turned the Park around and brought back our jewel in the Midwest. Since then our staff and board have done an excellent job in securing donations to cover operating costs. Our biggest break yet may be the 2 for 1 match that has been granted by the Forest Park Foundation up to 1.25 million dollars and we are here to ask for your help.


Our Need 

We have already secured 43% of the dollars needed to take maximum advantage of our match donation from the Forest park Foundation. The money used in this donation will be used to create more attractions that will allow the Park to be more sustainable. The donations will allow us to be more independent and use community resources to grow the Park. Donate now!


What’s Next?¬†

The money used in this campaign will help us achieve the following:
– Seven new fully furnished family cabins for renting
– Remodeling of the Otter enclosure
– Improvements to the functionality of the Black Bear enclosure
– Modernizing banquet rooms
– Repair roads and sidewalks
– New fencing for a safer experience
– Equipment for the maintenance staff
РStarting of the Park’s endowment fund
These improvements will not only make the guest experience more enjoyable but the new cabins alone will generate $285,700 in additional  income per year. This campaign will generate operating dollars and help tremendously with making the Park sustainable.


How Can You Help?

No donation is too small. We are looking for donation of all kinds. Accepting donations from the general public as low as $5 and large corporate contributions as much as $100,000. To learn more about our options, please contact Brien Davis at bdavis@wildlifeprairieorg or donate now online. Please include in the memo that you would like to donation to go towards the capital campaign.


Wildlife Prairie Park cares about our environment. We are committed to recycling to reduce waste that sits in landfills. Please help us and do your part. Recently, over 70 recycling containers have been added to the Park grounds. Wildlife Prairie Park is also home to the first ever solar powered trash compactor in the Peoria Area. By partnering with PDC, we are hoping to reduce our carbon footprint with your help! Please use these recycling bins properly and enjoy your time with us at the Park!

Things that you can do to go green! 
-Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass
-Turn in all used ink cartridges and retired electronics to the WPP Ticket Gate for recycling
-Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth and not using it
-Save electricity by  turning off the lights when you leave the room or electronics when they are not in use
-Use recycled materials to make fun crafts
-Plant a garden and use produce scraps for compost
-Donate old toys, clothes  or other items
-Take a bike ride or walk rather than driving. If driving is the only option, carpool!
-Pick up trash when you are out on a walk or hike