Creatures of the Night


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With Even More Eerie Family Frights!


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Tampa Bay’s No. 1 Family Fright Fest Celebrates The Halloween Season

Creatures of the Night—Tampa Bay's premier family Halloween event—returns every Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm in October!

After 4:00 PM, the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises around every corner. No horror, no gore, just fun frights for all.

  • ZooTampa Members receive unlimited FREE admission to all days of the event
  • Pay for a Day, Get Rest of 2019 Free ticket holders, receive complimentary admission the first weekend (Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5) and every Friday in October, plus a special $10 rate for Saturday nights.
  • Guests with a daily admission ticket on event dates, receive admission for a full day including the event.

New this year:

  • NEW! Twisted Tale Trail: The tale is familiar and known to all; three little pigs, a wolf and a girl in a hood frolicking in the woods. What happens when two tales intertwine and something strange begins to unfold? Guests will be immersed in a fight between good and evil as the tale takes an unexpected twist and guests will wonder just who is Little Red?


  •  NEW! Rising Waters: A forgotten Florida coastal town was swallowed whole by a mysterious, relentless storm.  Guests will experience an array of eerie encounters as the rising and falling waters reveal more about the long-lost inhabitants, good and bad, that are exposed as the flooding recedes


Returning favorites:

  • Medusa’s Stone Cold Cave - Guests can meet Medusa, the Serpent-headed Gorgon Queen, as she steps out of the pages of mythology and into the darkest shadows of the Zoo. Legend warns that those who look her in the eyes are so overwhelmed with fear, they turn to stone.


  • Enchanted Fairy Meadow– Guests can enjoy this enchanted area filled with overgrown flowers, huge mushrooms and whimsical fairies.


  • Pigpimples School of Mystery and Mayhem-  with multiple shows nightly where families and friends can enjoy a Halloween themed, animal show featuring our famous animal ambassadors and their natural behaviors as never seen before.


  • Pumpkin Palooza- a special sanctuary at Wallaroo Station set aside for the littlest of ghouls. Younger guests can enjoy a festive fall harvest complete with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows and friendly farm animals


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Children (ages 11 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. 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.