Dallas Zoo’s Halloween Nights, presented by Texas Instruments, offers spellbinding entertainment for little ghouls and goblins during four special evenings this week. The zoo gates will screech open after-hours from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 22-25.
The zoo closes at 4 p.m. and reopens at 5 p.m. for this naturally spooky – but not too scary! – event in ZooNorth.
Dress your children in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat at 14 themed treat stations. Catch “SOARing the 7 Seas” pirate-themed animal shows at the Wildlife Amphitheater at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and watch a Booooty Pageant show every half hour at the Macy’s Star Stage on Cat Green.
Travel the Yellow Brick Road through the breezeway to Emerald City for a photo opp. At Pirate Cove-themed Picnic Ridge, ride the mini-train and meet a pirate magician. Then venture through the Wilds of Africa tunnel to play carnival games, touch and learn about marine biofacts, and visit the African penguins.
Mingle with stilt-walkers, costumed characters and meet Zoohilda the friendly witch in ZooNorth. Stop by Cat Green to enjoy bounce houses and an interactive bubble experience. And reconnect with nature by making Ghost Eyes to plant in your yard — mold clay balls filled with soil and seeds that’ll grow into native wildflowers.
The Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo will be full of mystery, with activities, games, frequent animal encounters and more. Guests will find creepy-crawly critters like serpents, newts, and toads at the Reptile Building, then end the night with a backwards spin on the Haunted Carousel.
Admission is $10 per person for ages 3 and older and includes six candy coupons for each paid admission. Ages 2 and under are free, and Dallas Zoo members receive a discount of $2 per ticket. Additional candy coupons are available for $5 for another six coupons. Parking is $5 per vehicle, or take the DART Red Line to the Zoo’s door.
The Prime Meridian restaurant will be open, plus food and drink carts will be scattered throughout. Tickets are sold at the door or online at www.dallaszoo.com/halloweennights.
See all the Halloween Nights spooktacular fun below!