Trick… or treat?

A spooky event for all ages!

BEWARE! Howl-O-Ween is a popular annual event for the Zoo, and it will sell out each night!
Once the event is sold out, tickets will NOT be available for purchase at Zoo ticket windows, online or via mobile device.
Buy your tickets in advance so you don’t miss it … now THAT would be scary!

Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. Please be aware of the activity’s description before participating.*

Looking for scary tricks? SCARY activities are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare!

Sweet treats more your style? MERRY activities are appropriate for all ages.

* Fake weapons will not be allowed into the event. Guests will be asked to leave these items in their car or pick them up as they exit the event.

Tickets are limited*. Don’t miss out… purchase yours before they disappear!

Purchase Tickets

$12.95 general | $9.95 members
Kids 2 and under are free.

*Tickets also available for purchase at the gate. Admission includes entrance into the Phoenix Zoo and access to games and entertainment. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. The number of tickets available is limited. Events often sell out early. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours. Prices, entertainment, attractions, experiences, ticket types, entitlements and other event elements subject to change without notice.

  • Merry Activities ☺
  • Scary Activities ☠
  • Volunteer


Merry Activities are appropriate for all ages

  • Video Arcade Adventure
    An odyssey for all ages!
  • Fantasy Meet & Greets | 6:30 – 10 p.m. 
    Characters include Superheroes, Princesses, Star Wars favorites, Ghostbusters and more! **Due to the popularity of the Fantasy Meet & Greet, be sure to line up early. The line may cut off before 9:30 p.m. to ensure that guests already in line have the opportunity to meet the characters.
  • Extinct Animal Graveyard
    Take a walk through this unusual graveyard as you learn about endangered species and what you can do to help protect them.
  • Mad Science Laboratory
    Visit our mad scientists and enjoy unique, hands-on science experiments that will be sure to spark your imagination.
  • Wonderland Arcade
    Ever wonder what was really down that rabbit hole? Fun games, activities and prizes, of course!
  • “Boo Ball” with DJ Mars
    Get in the groove with DJ Mars and a bunch of memorable mascots and characters
  • Nature’s Nightmares Animal Encounters
    Get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s very own “Nature’s Nightmares” and learn fun facts about these creatures of darkness.
  • Pirates of the “Scare”ibbean | 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
    Aye, matey! Come aboard and witness this thrilling pirate sword fight! It’s sure to shiver ye timbers!
  • Psychic & Tarot Readings
    Want to know what the future holds for you? Sit down with Bob the Psychic to find out.
  • “Scare”ousel*
    Enjoy a special ride to haunting music on our spider web-covered carousel.
  • “Shipwreck Bay” at Stingray Bay* (with Moon Mermaid and Friends)
    Discover the ghostly wonders of this pirate shipwreck where stingrays, sharks and even a mermaid await!
    PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of the animals, we have restrictions for those entering Stingray Bay during the event:

    • Anyone with make-up, paint or glitter on their hands or arms must refrain from entering the exhibit.
    • Be aware of costume pieces or accessories that may fall or dip into the pool. They must be removed or secured, keeping them from touching the water.
    • No alcohol.
    • No flash photography or underwater cameras.
    • Please contact a Zoo staff member with any questions about these restrictions.
  • Dinosaurs in the Desert*
    Wander, if you dare, into the shadowy lair of the dinosaurs.
  • Trick or Treat Doors
    Our 10 Trick or Treat Doors are scattered throughout our Merry Areas… can you find them all?
  • 4-D Theater*
  • Camel Rides* Take a ride and get your picture taken on one of the world’s most amazing animals.

*Additional fees apply


Scary activities are recommended for guests eight years and older who like a good scare!

Please be aware and use your discretion when participating
in the following activities.


  • House of Voodoo
    Enter into the crypt of New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, and see what curses and hexes await you. Don’t forget to leave an offering for her, or you may be cursed for all eternity!
  • Zombie Laser Tag*
    Feel the terror of the deep in the caves and caverns before you. Dare to take on the land of zombies and defend yourself against their global takeover.
  • Walking Dead Way
    Don’t make any sudden movements… escaped and hungry Zombies roam the pathway waiting to feast on human flesh.
  • Camp Nightmare
    Venture deeper into the woods at Camp Nightmare… where no one can hear your screams.
  • Area 51
    Gain access into the government’s most restricted area and see what horrible creatures are kept here. Don’t get lost in the corn maze; you might not make it out alive.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Take a stroll down the deserted streets of Sleepy Hollow and come face-to-face with the dreaded Headless Horseman. Try to stay calm, and don’t lose your head!
  • Phoenix Arizona Paranormal Society**
    Learn about paranormal investigations from the professionals — with real evidence and EVP recordings.

*Entry limited to groups of 4 or less at one time.

** Bilik will close at 3 p.m. both days for set up.

Want to volunteer at one of the coolest Halloween events in the valley?

We are looking for fun, enthusiastic people to help out with several acting and non-acting roles!

Join the Team!


Activities subject to change without notice.

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