It’s scary: Spooktober returning to Zoo Miami

By Lauren Vandenberg….
Enjoy a host of 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. 15-31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up on Oct. 22 for the third annual adults-only costume party, The Monster Masquerade, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF). If you love food trucks and haunted houses, tell your teens, and join in for Teen Fright Night with Food Trucks on Oct. 27.

The entire family can enjoy also Halloween at the zoo at night during the second Spooky Zoo Nights, October 28 and 29, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo, Oct. 29 and 30.

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. 15, from 11 a.m. 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 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 at the darkest nightspot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed monsters ages 21 and older are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Oct. 22, from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight.

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, they will announce the “Best Costume Contest” that will have you dying for awesome prizes, such as weekend getaways and hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and much more.

When night falls and the wild calls, The Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami will be the only place to be. Your ticket purchase will support the Zoological Society of Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation.

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. 12 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 by calling 305- 255-5551 or online at <www.zoomiami.org>.

Teen Fright Night, food trucks and a haunted house are all together for one night only, Oct. 27, from 7 to 11 p.m.; admission is $5 per person. Teen Fright Night will include food trucks, deejays and a scary haunted house. While you enjoy a great meal from the food trucks your teens can walk through the haunted house and enjoy the deejays.

Spooky Zoo Nights, an after-hours family event, will take place on Oct. 28 and 29, 7- 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 to the pathways. Save $2 by purchasing your tickets for $8.95 per person plus tax during the online pre-sale at <www.zoomiami.org>.

Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami on Oct. 29 and 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the zoo’s animals get their Halloween goodies, and more. 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 Street. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children 2 and under, 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, Teen Fright Night and Spooky Zoo Nights have separate admission prices. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit online at www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255- 5551 or send email to dannye@zsf.org.


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