Celebrate Halloween during Spooktober at Zoo Miami

By Cindy Castelblanco….
Enjoy a host of new Halloween festivities during Spooktober at Zoo Miami.
If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World, Oct. 16-31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the second annual adults-only costume party, “The Monster Masquerade,” on Oct. 23, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF).
The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second annual Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 29 and 30, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo! (formerly MetroBoo!) on Oct. 30 and 31.
Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-square-foot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts on Oct. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. It will make your every fear come to life. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts — a zookeeper or two perhaps? You’ll have to come and see it for yourself.
With an admission cost of $5 per person, this house of chills will remain open through Oct. 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children.
Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest nightspot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed adult monsters ages 21 and older are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Oct. 23 from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight.
With your ticket purchase, you will be supporting the Zoological Society of Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails at the open bars, savory treats, music, dancing, and entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House!
At the end of the night, the “Best Costume Contest” will have you dying for awesome prizes, such as weekend getaways and hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and much more.
Pre-sale tickets to The Monster Masquerade are $50 per person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $65 a person.
Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 10 will be entered into a drawing to win one of two packages including a Family Membership to Zoo Miami and a VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour.  Tickets will be available at the ZSF office, phone 305-255-5551, or online at www.zoomiami.org.
“Spooky Zoo Nights,” an after-hours family event, will take place on Oct. 29 and 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95 per person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling around a fire pit. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement along the pathways.
Soon, you can save $2 by purchasing your tickets for $8.95 per person plus tax during the online pre-sale at www.zoomiami.org under “Visit the Zoo.”
Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami on Oct. 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, and see the wild animals get their Halloween goodies. Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM.
Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under age 2, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Boo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, The Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Night have separate admission prices.
Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or dannye@zsf.org.

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