Be afraid … be VERY afraid! Get ready for a ghoulishly boo-tiful time at the Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween!

Join us for two nights of merry and scary tricks and treats in this delightfully spooky event for all ages!


Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. Please be aware of the activity’s description before participating.

Looking for scary tricks? SCARY activities are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare!

Sweet treats more your style? MERRY activities are appropriate for all ages.

  • Merry Activities
  • Scary Activities
  • Volunteer


Merry Activities are appropriate for all ages

  • 4-D Theater* Show coming soon!
  • Camel Rides* Take a ride and get your picture taken on one of the world’s most amazing animals.
  • Character Meet & Greet 

Moon Mermaid – Born of the moon and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, join Moon Mermaid on a magical adventure when she splashes back to the Zoo.

Minion – This mischievous character likes to dance! Don’t be surprised to find him stirring up trouble at the Mad Hatter Dance Party.

Dune Sea Garrison – Prepare to serve the Emperor by joining First Order Stormtroopers from the 501st

Justice League – Put on your superhero capes and come together with the Justice League of Arizona as they restore peace to the planet.

Rebel Legion – Use the Force and join Jedi Knights to defend and protect the galaxy.


  • Extinct Animal Graveyard
    Take a walk through this unusual graveyard as you learn about endangered species and what you can do to help protect them.
  • Mad Hatter Dance Party
    Ever wonder what was really down the rabbit hole? The best dance party in all of Wonderland, of course! Join Studio 8 while you dance to kid-friendly tunes and classic Halloween hits.
  • Magic Shows
    Experience magic in a mysteriously fun way!
    Showtimes: 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.
  • Magical Midway Carnival Games
    This isn’t your typical midway. Test your luck with these fairytale-themed carnival games.
  • Nature’s Nightmares Animal Encounters
    Get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s very own “Nature’s Nightmares” and learn fun facts about these creatures of the dark.
  • Pirates of the “Scare”abbean
    Aye Matey! Come aboard and witness this thrilling pirate sword fight! It’s sure to shiver ye timbers!
  • Psychic & Tarot Readings
    Want to know what your future holds? Sit down with Bob the Psychic to find out.
  • “Scare”ousel*
    Enjoy a special ride on our spider-web-covered carousel.
  • “Shipwreck Bay” at Stingray Bay*
    Experience this interactive underwater encounter and come “hand to fin” with stingrays and sharks.
    PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of the animals, we have restrictions for those entering Stingray Bay during the event:

    • Anyone with make-up, paint or glitter on their hands or arms must refrain from entering the exhibit.
    • Be aware of costume pieces or accessories that may fall or dip into the pool. They must be removed or secured, keeping them from touching the water.
    • Please contact a Zoo staff member with any questions about these restrictions.
  • The Great Pumpkin Pathway
    Wander along a pathway full of jack-o-lanterns and be sure to keep an eye out for all of the fun carvings and decorations.
  • Trick or Treat Trail
    Stroll through the Arizona Trail for fun tricks and candy treats.

*Additional fees apply
Activities subject to change without notice


Scary activities are recommended for guests eight years and older who like a good scare!

Please be aware and use your discretion when participating
in the following activities.


  • Urban Legend Way
    Wander along a path of urban legends and encounter characters you’ve only heard about in myths.
  • MasKILLrade Ballhorseman2
    You are formally invited to the bloodiest and most frightening ball of the century. Make sure to dress your best… it might be the last party you ever attend!
  • Haunt for Dead October
    Feel the terror of the deep in the Haunt for Dead October. Dare to enter a Soviet submarine and be menaced by radioactive Russian zombies.
  • Zombie Road
    Don’t make any sudden movements … escaped and hungry zombies roam the pathway waiting to feast on human flesh.scary1
  • Vampires Awakening
    Enter the Lair of Darkness where thirsty vampires await to feed on the living.
  • Clown Asylum
    Experience this insane “funhouse” where psycho clowns dwell. Try not to stare … you could end up being their next resident!
  • Monster Train Tour*
    Take a train ride to the darkest and scariest corners of the Zoo where even we won’t venture on our own! Let’s hope you make it back in one piece…
  • Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society
    Learn about paranormal investigations from the professionals – with real evidence of ghosts and EVP (electric voice phenomena) recordings.

*Additional fees apply
Activities subject to change without notice


Want to volunteer at one of the coolest Halloween events in the valley?

We are looking for fun, enthusiastic people to help out with several acting and non-acting roles!

Check back soon for a list of openings and a link to sign up.

For more information please contact the volunteer office at



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