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Insider's Guide to Creatures of the Night

Oct 05, 2017

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Creatures of the Night returns with more scares and spooky frights at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The Zoo will once again transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure with bigger and better events for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 6-28, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10 p.m. with a wide-range of Halloween-themed activities sure to have everyone howling at the moon. Check out these spook-tacular tips to make a tremendous night of fun! 


  1. No horror or gore, just fun frights!

    This event is family friendly, there are no gory creature’s just spooks and startles for all. Creatures of the Night does not include haunted houses but will debut a new scare zone experience and some of last year’s eerie, frightful favorites will return. Older kids, pre-teens and adults will have the chance to encounter an all-new scare zone, “Whispering Woods” - a frightful forest with a thirst for souls, visitors can enter, but may never...leaf!

  2. Have a head start on trick-or-treating.

    There’s a special sanctuary set aside for little “boos” and “ghouls” when Wallaroo Station transforms into “Pumpkin Palooza” - a festive fall harvest complete with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows, friendly farm animals and trick or treating. A sweet thank you to our boo-rific sponsors Tampa International Airport, After Hours Pediatric Urgent Care, Power Crunch and Land Rover Tampa!

  3. Dress up with us!
    Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire, animal costumes are encouraged as well!​ This is a family affair, keep it G! 


  4. Get ready to feast like beasts.
    The foodie favorite, “Beast Burger” returns with a twist this year, bigger and spicier than last year as the “Revenge of the Beast Burger” makes its debut. Brave souls who conquer the “Revenge of the Beast Burger” will have their photos taken and put on our Wall of Fame to commemorate their win! 


  5. Pumpkin Spice and everything nice.
    For those who love all things pumpkin, the Zoo will introduce a plethora of “pumpkin spice” inspired dishes such as fried pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread a la mode, pumpkin parfait and more at the brand-new Pumpkin Spice Cafe. The Zoo’s new Beer & Wine Garden provides an entertaining retreat for older goblins from the Halloween hoopla.

  6. The animals come alive at night!

    As the sun goes down, get a glimpse into the nighttime habits of animal residents and discover which nocturnal creatures are most active. Our animals have been carefully and safely acclimated so that habitats in the Asian and African realms of the zoo, along with Primate World, are illuminated for night viewing. We are showing an ALL NEW Halloween themed, animal show, “Knock Knock: Trick-or-Treating with the Animals,” featuring our famous brand ambassadors.

  7. Elephants and orangutans are having a smashing, good time!

    In addition to special animal mingles, experience special Halloween-themed enrichment only at Creatures of the Night including elephant pumpkin smash, bat and orangutan animal care chat

  8. Freaky Friday’s.
    The Fun lasts all weekend, but arrive to the Zoo early on Friday’s for optimal parking, shorter lines and minimal crowd. Become your own insider and experience all the Halloween adventures we have to offer before anyone else!


  9. Ditch the broomstick, Uber or carpool instead!

    Parking for this event is free but may fill up fast, we recommend carpooling and checking our Twitter account (@lowryparkzoo) for parking updates! Or save time by having your Uber or Lyft driver drop you off at the Zoo School drop-off point, located at the entrance on North Blvd. Be on the lookout for Zoo staff assistance.

  10. Stay until the bewitching hour of 10pm!
    The entre night is a scary, good time! As the night progresses, things become a little bit spookier. Will you dare to walk the Whispering Woods at dusk? And you won’t want to miss our Monsters on Parade and Thrilling Finale!

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  • creatures of the night
  • halloween
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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