Thank you to everyone who came out to Howl-O-Ween 2015!
We look forward to seeing you again next year!


Two Phoenix Zoo Halloween traditions in one! That’s right; this year Boo at the Zoo is joining forces with Howl-O-Ween for two nights of ghostly fun. Enjoy everything Boo at the Zoo offered, just in the evening. And thrill seekers need not worry, because all the scare Howl-O-Ween is known for is also planned.

Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. So whether you’re looking for scary tricks or sweet treats — Howl-O-Ween is a delightfully spooky event for all ages.


All activities are broken down as either “Merry” or “Scary.” Those listed as Merry are appropriate for all ages and those listed as Scary are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare! Please be aware of the activity’s description before participating.

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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest

Entry into the Costume Contest is now closed.

Get into the Howl-O-Ween spirit by putting together your best costume and entering our Spook-tacular Costume Contest!  Send in your photos with name of entrant, age of entrant, name of parent/guardian, email address and phone number from October 9, 2015 until October 19, 2015 to enter to be a finalist at our in-person contest during Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and will receive 2 tickets to the event on Saturday, October 24, 2015 to participate in the in-person contest at 8 p.m.  Contest only open to entrants between the ages of newborn to sixteen years old with permission of parent/legal guardian.  Finalists will be judged by age bracket and will be eligible to win the following prizes:

Infants and Tots Division (Newborn-5 years old)

  • One family program at the Phoenix Zoo (admission for one child and one caregiver to one, age-appropriate family program).

*Advanced registration required for participation in program.  Please redeem before October 31, 2016.  Book your complimentary program by calling 602.914.4333.  Certificate expires one year from October 31, 2015.  Programs are not offered June through September, please plan accordingly.

  • $100 Toys ‘R Us gift card
  • $25 “sweets” gift certificate

Kids Division (6-10 years old)

  • One basic birthday party package at the Phoenix Zoo.

*Advanced reservation required. Please redeem before November 1, 2016.  Book your complimentary basic birthday party package by calling 602.914.4333.  Certificate expires one year from October 31, 2015.

  • $100 Toys ‘R Us gift card
  • $25 “sweets” gift certificate

Teen Division (11-16 years old)

  • Family night camp experience (admission for one child and caregiver to a family twilight camp).

*Advanced registration required for participation in program.  Please redeem before October 31, 2016.  Book your complimentary program by calling 602.914.4333.  Certificate expires one year from October 31, 2015.  Programs are not offered June through September, please plan accordingly.

  • 8 Harkins movie passes with souvenir cup
  • $25 “sweets” gift certificate


Click here to view Official Contest Rules

  • Merry Activities
  • Scary Activities
  • Volunteer
  • Policies/Parking
  • 4-D Theater* Great ready for a spooky, family-friendly adventure with “Haunted Lighthouse 4-D!”
  • Camel Rides*: Take a ride and get your picture taken on one of the world’s most amazing animals.
  • Character Meet & Greet: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Due to the popularity of the Character Meet & Greet, be sure to line up early. The line may cut off before 9:30 p.m. to ensure that guests already in line have the opportunity to meet the characters.

Phoenix Zoo Howl-O-Ween Meet and Greet

Phoenix Zoo Howl-o-Ween 2015 Meet and Greet logos

  • Extinct Animal Graveyard: Take a walk through the graveyard and learn about endangered species and what you can do to help protect them.
  • Mad Science Laboratory: Visit our mad scientists and enjoy unique, hands-on science experiments that will be sure to spark your imagination.
  • Monster Mash Dance Party: Calling all spooks and ghouls, pirates and princesses! Join DJ Mars and dance to top kid hits as well as classic Halloween tunes.
  • Magic Shows: Experience magic in a mysteriously fun way!
    • 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Phoenix Zoo Howl-O-Ween Funny Magic for Kids

  • Mascot Parade: Your favorite mascots are invading the Zoo! Be sure to wave to them as they pass by! (location TBD)
    • 7 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Magical Midway Carnival Games : This isn’t your typical midway. Test your luck at spooktacular 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 darkness.
    • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Pirates of the “Scare”abbean: Aye Matey! Come aboard and witness this thrilling pirate sword fight! It’s sure to shiver ye timbers!
    • 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
  • Psychic & Tarot Readings: Want to know what the future holds for you? Sit down with psychic Robert Jerome to find out.
  • Pumpkin Pathway: Wander along a pathway full of jack-o-lanterns and be sure to keep your eye out for all of the fun carvings.
  • “Scare”ousel*: Enjoy a special ride to haunting music on our spider web-covered carousel.
  • Shipwreck Bay*: Experience this interactive encounter allowing you to come hand to fin with stingrays.
    • 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.
  • Tootsie Pop Ghost Craft: Join the ZooCrew 4-H group for a ghoulishly fun craft activity!
  • Trick or Treat Trail: Stroll through the Arizona Trail for fun tricks and candy treats.
    • Candy for children only.

*Additional fees apply
Activities subject to change without notice

  • Headless Horseman: Be careful where you turn, the Headless Horseman could be lurking around the corner, furiously waiting to seek revenge on all those he encounters!
  • “Holidays of Horror” Haunts: The dead have taken over some of your favorite holidays and they’re showing no mercy to anyone who dares to enter!
  • Dismember Hearts: Guard your hearts and don’t be fooled by these dolls. Danger is hiding in all forms. Not even cupid will make it out alive!
  • Halloween Ex-FEAR-ience: Witches and ghosts await to cast a spell on you! Come face to face with things you’ve only seen in your worst nightmares!
  • Thanksgiving Feast of Flesh: Dine with the dead where your zombie survival skills determine whether you feast or get feasted on!
  • Yuletide Spirits: Enter Mount Crumpit if you DARE for a SCARE! The Grinch will be waiting with some holiday cheer.
  • Monster Safari Tour*: The Zoo has a rich and varied monster population. Join us as we visit monster hot spots on the Monster Safari Tour. We’ll seek out the majority of the infamous abominations amid the scenic Africa Trail. Learn about these elusive and legendary creatures on this hair-raisingly wild tour.
  • Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society: Learn about paranormal investigations from the professionals — with real evidence and EVP recordings.

*Additional fees apply
Activities subject to change without notice


Sign up for a fun and exciting volunteer opportunity! There are a variety of volunteer positions available for this event, including both acting and non-acting roles.

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

View positions and become a Howl-O-Ween volunteer.

Animal Viewing

Animal viewing during Howl-O-Ween is limited. The majority of our animals are not nocturnal; therefore, most will be resting off exhibit. Animals off exhibit are not exclusive to Howl-O-Ween. It is their normal routine. We look forward to you returning to the Zoo for a daytime visit when you can see the animals in a whole new light!

Costume Restrictions

Any weapons that are a part of your costume will not be allowed in the Zoo.

Ticket Information

  • Howl-O-Ween tickets are non-refundable for any reason.
  • Each ticket has a barcode that admits one person only.
  • Photocopies will not scan and will be confiscated.
  • Tickets may not be resold.
  • Tickets are not dated; giving you a choice to attend either night of Howl-O-Ween.
  • If you purchase tickets, but are unable to attend, please consider giving them as gifts to friends and family.
  • Tickets not used in 2015 may not be used the following year.
  • Your ticket purchase supports the Zoo, a non-profit organization that receives no operational funding from the city or any public source.

Parking Information

  • Parking in the Zoo lot is free.
  • The Zoo parking lot is city-owned, not Zoo-owned.
  • Park ONLY in designated parking spaces.
  • If you park illegally, tickets will be issued or your car could be towed.
  • The Zoo is not liable for parking tickets received by Howl-O-Ween guests.

Daytime Zoo Admission

  • Adult admission (Ages 14+): $20
  • Child admission (Ages 3–13): $14
  • Children 2 and under are free


Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed at Howl-O-Ween for the safety of the animals and to avoid disrupting the event experience for other guests.

Desert Marketplace Gift Shop

Desert Marketplace will be open during Howl-O-Ween.

No Pets Allowed

Pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds day or night. Service animals are allowed; however, owners are required to contact our Park Ranger office prior to visiting at 602.273.1341 x7889.


Howl-O-Ween is open rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Extending a daytime visit into Howl-O-Ween

Daytime Zoo guests may not stay on Zoo grounds after 5 p.m. closing in hopes of attending Howl-O-Ween. Daytime guests can purchase Howl-O-Ween tickets for that night, but they will need to leave Zoo grounds at 5 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. for the general public opening.

Zoo Memberships

You can join at Guest Services located at the Zoo entrance or online.

Thank You to our Sponsors

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Outback Steakhouse Summer Winds Nursery

Clif Kid Easley's Fun Shop KIND Healthy Snacks

Nothing Bundt Cakes Sara Lee Yowie

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