Fort Worth

Squish! Watch elephants stomp (and eat) pumpkins at Fort Worth’s Boo at the Zoo

It’s hard to pull your eyes away from the sight of giant elephant feet stomping and squishing pumpkins introduced into their environment as part of the Fort Worth Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration.

The zoo released a preview video teasing an event that will be happening throughout the celebration, which began Friday and runs through Sunday.

The stomp is one of several “animal enrichment” activities happening throughout the zoo, spokeswoman Avery Elander said. While fun to watch, they also happen to be good for the animals.

“Placing novel objects, food items or even new scents in an animal’s habitat are a few of the enrichment techniques used at the zoo,” the zoo said in a news release.

“These techniques enhance the animal’s environment and can even add a new complexity to their habitat. Enrichment also promotes psychological well-being and can improve the physical health of the animals.”

The event also features trick-or-treating, a live animal stage show at the Outdoor Learning Theater, a craft zone for kids, carnival games, music and chats with zookeepers.

Zoo guests will receive six free treat coupons with the price of admission.

More information is at the zoo website,

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74