Attention All Ghosts, Ghouls and Zombies!
Whether scary or merry, screams or smiles — tricks and treats are around every corner at the Phoenix Zoo.
Howl-O-Ween is a spooktacular event offering a variety of fun activities for both the brave and the not so brave. 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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- Merry Activities
- Scary Activities
- Night Camp
- Policies & Info
ASU Gammage & the Phoenix Zoo are collecting new or gently used coats in all sizes from infant to adult during Howl-O-Ween.
All donations will benefit Homeward Bound, who provides social services to families with children fleeing domestic violence and/or homelessness.
Donate your coat near the front ticket booths at the Zoo during each night of Howl-O-Ween and be entered to win a family four pack of tickets to the opening night performance of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
Arizona Ghostbusters – Saturday Only
“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” Arizona Ghostbusters, a costuming fan club complete with their own Ecto-1 vehicle, will be onsite interacting with guests and allowing for fun photo opportunities.
Available Saturday only.
Take a ride on one of the world’s most amazing animals, and get your picture taken!
$5 Souvenir Photo
Creatures of the Night Animal Show
Ever wonder what really goes bump in the night? Find out at our “Creatures of the Night Animal Show” at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 8:45 p.m.
Halloween Dance Party with DJ Mars
Join the Zoo’s very own “Monster Mash” and dance to top hits as well as some classic Halloween music.
Mad Scientist Laboratory
Visit our mad scientists and enjoy unique and hands- on science experiments that will be sure to spark your imagination.
Enjoy a fun magic show for kids at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
This isn’t your typical midway … test your luck in some spooktacular carnival games.
Grab your cameras and take your picture with Moon Mermaid just outside Stingray Bay.
Get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s very own “Nature’s Nightmares” and learn about these creepy crawlies.
Pirates of the “Scare”ibbean
Encounter pirates in a meet and greet that will shiver your timbers!
Enjoy a special ride to haunting music on our spiderweb-covered carousel.
Enjoy this interactive experience allowing you to come hand to fin with cownose 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.
Trick or Treat Trail
Stroll down the inner Tropics Trail and encounter tricks and collect candy treats (Candy for children only, please).
Desert of the Dead
Enter a scorched graveyard in the desert with zombies lurking around every corner.
Fields of Fear
Dare to enter our straw maze full of bloodthirsty scarecrows and be careful … some are known to come to life when they are awakened by unwelcome visitors.
Haunted Wagon Ride*
Take a ride on our horse-drawn wagon to the darkest and scariest corners of the Zoo where even we won’t venture on our own! You are sure to encounter horrifying characters along the way. Let’s hope you make it back in one piece.
Halloween Walk of Fame
Grab your cameras and take a stroll along our walk of fame and enjoy a meet and greet with several of your favorite Halloween characters. They’re just dying to meet you.
Lair of the Spider Zombies
Dare to enter the “Lair of the Spider Zombies” where giant spiders welcome you to their ultimate “web” site.
Masque of the Red Death
Dare to visit the castle of Prince Prospero as he defies the Grim Reaper in a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic horror story. Beware, as evil may creep up on you and take your soul like a thief in the night.
Transylvania Trip Train Ride*
Join us for a trip around the Zoo as we discover classic storybook monsters. Hang on tight — it is going to be a bumpy ride!
Howl-O-Ween – SOLD OUT!
Wilderness Experience Camp: October 24 & 25, 2014
Dare to spend a WILD night at the Howl-O-Ween Night Camp! Experience all of the spooks and thrills of Howl-O-Ween and end your adventure by spending the night at the Phoenix Zoo!
Arrive early (5:30 p.m.), enjoy a barbeque-style dinner, explore the Howl-O-Ween event on your own and end your evening with s’mores and up-close animal encounters.
Your Camp Includes:
- Barbeque-style dinner
- Access to all Howl-O-Ween experiences (some experiences require additional payment)
- Close-up creepy crawly animal encounters
- Late night lip-smacking s’mores
- Tent accommodations*
- Continental breakfast
- Guided morning tour of the Zoo
Recommended for families with children 7 and over.
Get your tickets today!
October 24 and 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Members: $65 each
General: $70 each
Reservations required. Night Camp activities are not included with a general Howl-O-Ween ticket.
*Tents are large, concrete floored spaces able to accommodate groups up to 90 people. Families may need to share a tent with another group(s).
Whether you’re an individual or a group, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for this event. Positions range from acting roles; to guest assistance; to set-up. A complete list of volunteer opportunities and position descriptions can be found on the Volunteer Sign-Up Link, listed below. There are positions for just one evening or you may choose to join us for both evenings. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
To reserve your position as a volunteer for Howl-O-Ween, please fill out this form: Howl-O-Ween Volunteer Form
As a non-profit Zoo that requires nearly 150 volunteers each night for Howl-O-Ween, we rely heavily on the support of the community and fantastic volunteers such as you. We thank you in advance for your support of the event and hope that you feel comfortable sharing this assistance request far and wide!
If you have any questions after you view the above link, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Howl-O-Ween!
Animal viewing during Howl-O-Ween is limited. The majority of our animals are not nocturnal; therefore most will resting off exhibit. Animals off exhibit at night is 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 our animals in a whole new light!
- 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 pre-purchase tickets but are unable to attend, please consider giving them as gifts to friends and family.
- Tickets not used in 2014 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 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
A variety of menu items will be available for purchase at Savanna Grill or Cavern Café. You will also find several food carts with select items throughout Howl-O-Ween.
Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed at Howl-O-Ween for the safety of our 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 visitors may not stay on Zoo grounds after the 5 p.m. closing in hopes of attending Howl-O-Ween. Daytime visitors 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.
You can join at Guest Services located at the Zoo entrance or online.