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October 9, 2017

Spooky Fun: Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo

By Laura Byrne

Lowry Park Zoo’s Creatures of the Night is back Friday and Saturday nights this October with even more spooky good fun! We are annual pass holders at the zoo and went this past weekend so we can share what you can expect if you go!

Creatures of the Night Lowry Park Zoo

Here are some of our favorite highlights:

  • It’s not too scary and suitable for kids of all ages. We explained to our 4-year-old that the ghosts and mummies were just nice poeple costumes–this seemed to take care of any fear issues. We spent most of our time in Pumpkin Palooza at Wallaroo Station which was so much fun! The kids can trick-or-treat here, pose with the super friendly scarecrows and even decorate a Halloween cookie for an extra charge.
  • Pose with a ghost at the Carousel of Creeps. Ghosts roam around the specially lit carousel your kids know and love. They aren’t overly scary, which is good if you have little ones. This is a great photo opp!
  • Bring your sweet tooth! There are food stations throughout the zoo and even an entire cafe devoted to our beloved pumpkin spice, so be sure to check out the Pumpkin Spice Cafe in Pumpkin Palooza! There are also plenty of themed adult beverages–because every parent needs a festive drink in a light up cup! I didn’t get to try a drink since I was driving, but they looked like fun!
  • Get your scare on at the new Whispering Woods scare zone! We didn’t get to walk through this area since I had my 4-year-old with me, but this new zone is definitely for you if you are looking to add some fright to your night! This is best for older kids, teens and adults.
  • Pose with a headless pirate! My kid loved giving the headless pirates a high five! Find them in Haunted Key West!
  • Dance with mummies at Scareb Point. Mummies come alive with dance and greet you as you walk through the Critter Canal. This is another great photo opp, so have your camera ready to go at all times! The mummies were so much fun!
  • Discover the animals of Lowry Park Zoo in their evening routine. Don’t miss the new Halloween themed animal show: “Knock, Knock: Trick-or-Treating with Animals”.
  • Pose with werewolves at Wolf Haven Village. The werewolf village greets you as you walk into the park. Howl with the werewolves as you take a walk around their village and pose at each point for a spooktacular photo to share with friends and family!

This is a great Halloween option for families looking to celebrate together. We saw plenty of people with their very young children and our 4-year-old had a great time. Honestly, the best part about these evening events…it’s in the evening, so it’s no where near as hot as during the day. For us, that’s a total parenting WIN!

What you need to know before you go:

Creatures of the Night is every Friday and Saturday evening, October 6-28, until 10 p.m. A variety of event admission options are available online or at the Zoo’s front gate:
*Free and unlimited entry for Zoo Members
*Free and unlimited entry for “pay for a day, come back all year” ticket holders
*Purchase a daily admission ticket on an event dates (valid for full day including event)
Purchase a special “after 4 pm” ticket on event days for $22.95 (ages 3 and up). Children (11 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults (ages 12 and up) may not wear masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Toy weapons are prohibited.

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