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Select Nights Sept. 29 - Oct. 29

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Tampa Bay's #1 Family Halloween Event

Creatures of the Night

Returns this October

Join us at Tampa Bay’s number one family Halloween event, Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa for a night of eerie family frights! Ghouls and goblins of all ages can enjoy howling outdoor experiences, spooky characters, creepy culinary treats, and much more!

ZooTampa Members and Pay For A Day ticket holders get free admission to seasonal events like Creatures of the Night.

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This year’s event features elder vampires Count Chirop and his wife, Countess Tera. Thriving on the spirit of celebration and friends to the human world, these elegant vampires invite you to their Vampire Ball where fun and dancing is encouraged! Will you join the month-long ball and let out your inner creature of the night?

Creatures of the Night Admission



Member admissions All Event Nights

**Please note, Members can only purchase the same number of tickets as individuals listed on Membership pass.


Pay FOr a Day Holders Event tickets


General Admission Event tickets

$34.95 after 4PM

*The reservation fee for ZooTampa members and Pay For A Day ticket holders is $5 per person which will be reimbursed upon entry in the form of a $5 per person voucher valid for dining and merchandise purchases valid for that day only.

Event Dates

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Creatures of the Night - ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Eerie Realms

Meet your favorite storybook villains, get transported into unique realms with immersive Halloween decor, and more as you make your way through the Zoo.

Spooky Wildlife Connections

Get up-close to unforgettable animals and enjoy special chats with our animal care team. Make your night more WILD with one of our Signature Animal Encounters. *A Creatures of the Night reservation or ticket is needed to participate in the Signature Animal Encounters.

Howling Entertainment

Dance at the Vampire Ball, smash a pumpkin with Lucilla Lumpkin, enjoy a Halloween light show, and more!

Wicked Treats & Drinks

Sample delicious treats and drinks throughout the zoo. From savory to sweet, there is something for everyone to sink their teeth into.

Know Before You Go

Download our Mobile App

Don’t miss out on the excitement; access all of our event details from the palms of your hands! Get walking directions to all event locations, view the nightly show schedule, and more.

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View Our Foodie Guide

There is no trick, just treats with our Creatures of the Night Foodie Guide. Know what special Halloween-themed delicacies are available and where to find them with this guide.

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Preview Our Event Map

Take a look at our print map and see the scare levels for each zone and show. Most content available on the print map is also available on the mobile app.

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Accessibility Guide

Our accessibility guide provides details on expectations regarding the event and activities, photos of characters and realms, sequencing support, and more.

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Important Info

  • Event capacity is limited. Tickets and reservations are limited and strongly recommended for all guests 3 years and older. Guests 2 years old and under are free.
  • There’s a $5 reservation fee for annual members and “Pay for a Day, Come Back All Year” ticket holders which will be reimbursed upon entry in the form of a $5 voucher valid on the event night for food and merchandise on the night of reservation.
  • 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.
  • 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 and not guaranteed. Please visit for other important details.

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