Scary Spooktober coming to Zoo Miami, Oct. 17-31

Enjoy a host of Halloween festivities, Oct. 17-31, during Spooktober at Zoo Miami presented by Dixie Crystals and Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center.

If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World from Oct. 17 to 31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the fourth annual adults-only costume party, The Monster Masquerade presented by Bacardi USA, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF), Oct. 19. The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 26 and 27, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo, Oct. 27 and 28.

Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-squarefoot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts Oct. 17 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 will 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 the night away at the darkest night spot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed monsters ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA, savory treats, music and dancing by The Coast 97.3 FM. At the end of the night, organizers will announce the “Best Costume Contest” that will have you dying for awesome prizes.

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 $65/person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $75/person. Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Membership to Zoo Miami. Tickets currently are available at the Zoological Society of Florida, call 305-255- 5551, and online at

Spooky Zoo Nights, an after-hours family event, will take place Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95/person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement to the pathways. Save money and time by purchasing your tickets during the online pre-sale at

Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami Oct. 27 and 28, 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 costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the zoo’s wild 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 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under 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 Nights 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 or call 305-251-0400.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or send email to

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