Creatures of the Night 2021

Creatures of the Night - Eerie, Safe Family Fun

Join us at Tampa Bay’s #1 family Halloween event

Creatures of the Night

For a  night of eerie safe family frights!

This year’s event features Nightshadow, a dream master who brings dreams to life from the fun and whimsical to the spooky and nightmarish!

Ghouls and goblins of all ages can enjoy howling outdoor experiences, spooky characters, creepy culinary treats and much more!

Tickets and reservations are limited and required for all guests 3 years and older. Guests 2 years old and under are free.

Reserve your spot  now, before the event sells out!

Pre-purchased date and time specific tickets and reservations are the only way to guarantee admission.

Important Event Info

Please enter the event within the 30 minute window of your reservation (cannot enter the event more than 30 minutes prior to your reservation).

We ask, for the safety of our performers, that all guests refrain from touching them and maintain a distance of 6ft.

Creatures of the Night is a rain or shine event. No refunds. No changes may be made to tickets or reservations within 72 hours of scheduled date/time. Rescheduling subject to availability.

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Costume Note: Children (12 years of age and under) are invited to wear their most spooky Halloween attire. For the comfort and security of all guests, adults (13 years of age and up) may not wear Halloween masks, wigs, face paint, or costumes of any kind. Toy weapons are prohibited regardless of age.

Book Reservations

October 1, 2*, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30
4PM to 10PM

Member Reservations

$5.00/personReservation Fee

This reservation fee will be reimbursed upon entry in the form of a $5 per person voucher valid for dining and merchandise purchases on that day only.

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For Annual Members & “Pay for a Day, Come Back All Year” ticket holders. Become a Member

*October 2ndis Members-Only Night

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Non-Member Reservations


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NEW Attractions for 2021

Junkyard of Broken Dreams

ZooTampa’s bravest guests won’t want to miss this haunted house where the spookiest of childhood dreams and urban legends have come to life.

Ghosts of Gator Grove

Back in the mid-1800s, Pirate Captain Joseph sunk his treasure near the tiny town of Gator Grove. The entire town—and everyone in it—disappeared just a few years later. Are you brave enough to wander through the haunted swamp that was left behind?

Scarecrow Junction

Dance with the scarecrows who’ve gathered to celebrate the season and try your luck at escaping the open-air HaHa Haybale Maze. Our brand new maze is ready to explore and we promise our younger guests will have a fun and exciting time while learning new Halloween puns.

Dr. HooDoo Show

You never know when or where you’ll run into Dr. HooDoo and his lovely assistant Wilma as they roam the Zoo with their comical street show. Will you sample one of their voodoo curses or cures?

The Voodoo Bar

ZooTampa’s Beer and Wine Garden has been transformed into the Voodoo Bar where adult guests can relax and enjoy cocktails and delectable treats in a festive New Orleans atmosphere.

Whisper the Crow
Pirate Party Pants at Creatures of the Night
Clown Carousel at Creatures of the Night
Scarecrow entertainers engage with children at the Creatures of the Night event at ZooTampa

Returning Favorites

Twisted Tales

Enjoy everyone’s favorite storybook villains, from an evil queen to a wolf in grandma’s clothing, as they come to life with unexpected twists. Don’t worry; the Fairy Godmother will keep them all on their best behavior!

Clown Carousel

A caravan of clowns has set up residence around ZooTampa’s famous carousel. Come along for a ride and a laugh with these silly pranksters! Lucilla Lumpkin pumpkin smashing show is back this year and has joined our clowns in the carousel area.

The Realm of the Spider Queen

Trek through a spooky spider cave and emerge at a high-energy dance celebration presided over by the queen herself.

Siren’s Song

Enter the underwater world of the siren where she lures unsuspecting pirates with her song and transforms them to stone.

Pirate Party Pants

Usually, dead men tell no tales, but these spooky pirates have plenty of stories to share. Join them for a party full of storytelling, magic, and a jolly good time.

Wicked Food

Enjoy devilish culinary delights including sinfully delicious foodie favorites and wicked cocktails.

Creepy mixed drinks in skull glasses
Massive monster burger
Orange and black creepy halloween brownie cake