An Insider’s Guide to Creatures of the Night!

Creatures of the Night returns with more scares and spooky frights at ZooTampa at Lowry Park! The Zoo will once again transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventurewith bigger and better events for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 5-27, 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 two all-new scare zones, “Medusa’s Stone Cold Cave” and “Fairy Frightful Forest.” Guests can meet Medusa, the Serpent-headed Gorgon Queen, as she steps out of the pages of mythology and into the darkest shadows of in Medusa’s Stone Cold Cave.  Adventurers can be face-to-face with frightening trolls and menacing trees that come to life at the Fairy Frightful Forest.


child and ghoul at zootampa creatures of the night

2. Don't worry - it's not too scary!

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 more.


3. Dress up with us!

Children (11 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire, animal costumes are encouraged as well!

*For the comfort and safety and security of all guests, adults (ages 12 and up) may not wear masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Toy weapons are prohibited.


4. Get ready to feast with the beasts.

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


5. Can't miss dishes!

You won’t want to miss this year’s ssscary delicious treats! A new featured item is the “Tombscone” – yummy black ice scream sure to make everyone scream for ice cream. If you’re craving a little pumpkin spice, make sure to try a pumpkin spice churro! For those who want a refreshing drink, we have a variety of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde approved cocktails - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic! Beer, wine, devilish cocktails and Coca-Cola products will be available throughout the Zoo.

Member treat - receive discounts on food and merchandise!

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. NEW! Featured animal presentations will include some of the world’s most feared predators and guests will observe the unique hunting and feeding behaviors of Komodo dragons and African painted dogswith special carcass feedings at their habitats.

7. Stay until the bewitching hour of 10pm!

The entire night is a scary, good time! As the night progresses, things become a little bit spookier. Will you dare to walk the Fairy Frightful Forest at dusk? And you won’t want to miss our Monsters on Parade and Thrilling Finale!

8. Enroll at Pigpimple’s!

Also brand-new this year, enjoy a Halloween themed animal show, “Pigpimple’s School of Mystery and Mayhem,” featuring our famous brand ambassadors. Join apprentice wizards and learn a spell or two!

9. ARRRG you ready for pirate storytelling?

Help steer a pirate ship and join headless pirates in Haunted Key West and listen to tales of pirates! There are multiple shows every night!

10. Freaky Fridays!

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! “Pay for a Day” ticket holders can also experience Creatures of the Night for FREE on Friday nights!

11. Walk like an Egyptian!

New this year - meet history’s most alluring queen, Cleopatra at Scarab Point! Explore her tomb alongside playful mummies and beware of Anubis as he guards her tomb.

12. 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 (@zootampa) 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. Members - preferred parking ends at 4pm, so arrive early! Be on the lookout for Zoo staff assistance.

13. Caution: you’re gonna get soaked!

The new family water adventure, Roaring Springs, will be open the entire night! After you feel the roar on Roaring Springs, enjoy blood orange wings from Joe’s Diner and don’t forget the coney fries!