Boo at the Zoo and Night of the Living Zoo updates

Night of the Living Zoo logo 2014 photo courtesy of Greater Los Angeles Zoo AssociationHere is some updated information regarding two Halloween events taking place at the Los Angeles Zoo this October: Boo at the Zoo and Night of the Living Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly daytime event on the weekends of October 18-19 and October 25-26; Night of the Living Zoo offers more sinister atmosphere after dark on the evening of October 24. Hollywood Gothique posted announcements about both events, but having recently received press releases and images from the L.A. Zoo, we are updating those posts and also including the information here.

Read the press releases below.

Boo at the Zoo Press Release

TRICK-OR-TREATING, JACK-O-LANTERN-CARVING DEMONSTRATIONS, STROLLING CHARACTERS AND MAGICIANS, CRAFTS, INTERACTIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT AND UP-CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH "CRAWLY" INSECTS AND REPTILES AMONG HALLOWEEN FAMILY ADVENTURES AT TWO "BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO" WEEKENDS

Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, Weekend Events Also Include:

  • Feedings for Zoo Residents Served Pumpkins Filled With Treats
  • and Special Touch-If-You-Dare "Creepy Cauldrons" Filled With
  • "Worms, "Maggots," the Frankenstein Monster's "Brain" and "Zombie Eyeballs"

Saturday, October 18; Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; Sunday, October 26 - 10 am to 4 pm

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

A gorilla enjoying a pumpkin treat at Halloween. Photo by Jamie Pham
A gorilla enjoying a pumpkin treat at Halloween. Photo by Jamie Pham

Trick-or-treating, jack-o-lantern-carving demonstrations, strolling "pirate," "princess" and "vampire" characters, entertainment and up-close encounters with "crawly" insects and reptiles are just some of the Halloween family adventures for visitors at "BOO at the L.A. Zoo" on Saturday, October 18; Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; and Sunday, October 26, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Sponsored proudly by 99 Cents Only Stores, the two "spooky and safe" weekends also include the opportunity to see special feedings for gorillas, elephants, orangutans, giant otters and other Zoo residents as they enjoy pumpkins filled with treats to eat and play with; spider-themed crafts such as make-your-own paper headbands and pipe-cleaner rings; strolling magicians and jugglers; and a live karaoke band that invites Zoo youngsters to perform favorite songs. Other fun ranges from a Pumpkin Patch photo op and a "scarecrow" stilt walker to a live "Campfire Cathy" interactive, musical show starring Zoo guests who become lions, tigers and bears before audiences' very eyes. "Scariest" of all, perhaps, are special touch-if-you-dare Creepy Cauldrons filled with "worms, "maggots," the Frankenstein monster's "brain" and "zombie eyeballs." All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $19 for ages 13 to 61; $16 for seniors (ages 62+) and $14 for children ages 2 to 12. No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

"BOO at the L.A. Zoo" is presented by the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which draws 1.6 million visitors each year and is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles. The Zoo's location in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways ideally positions it as a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day.

"BOO at the L.A. Zoo" activities are free with paid Zoo admission. Zoo admission is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Zoo admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

Night of the Living Zoo Press Release

BEWARE: IT'S ADULTS ONLY AS NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO TRANSFORMS LOS ANGELES ZOO WITH HAIR-RAISING SPECIAL EFFECTS, GHOULS, GHOSTS AND OTHER MACABRE DELIGHTS FOR ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME BASH

Spooky Surprises also Include Moonlit Performances of Goose-Bump-Producing Poe and Gorey Stories by Drama After Dark,

Dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, Music by Neo-Rockabilly Band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, "Terrifying" Keeper Talks and Feedings of "Fearsome" Animals

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7 to 11 pm

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Drama After Dark will perform at Night of the Living Zoo for Halloween 2014. Photo by Dani Ballew Esposito
Drama After Dark brings its performances of Poe and Gorey to Night of the Living Zoo for Halloween 2014. Photo by Dani Ballew Esposito

For a howling good time this Halloween season, claw your way to the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, October 24, 7 to 11 pm, for NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO, a "to die for" costume bash open to ages 18 and up. The second annual event transforms Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, "terrifying" keeper talks, feedings of "fearsome" animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark, known for their sold-out work at past Huntington Library Halloween bashes. Dress for the occasion, with awards given for "Scariest," "Best Animal" and "Most Original" costumes, including a VIP behind-the-scenes docent tour as the Grand Prize. Ticket prices include all the fun, plus two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks). A full bar with mixed cocktails and food for purchase are also available throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for maximum Zoo animal viewing opportunities but stay late for visits with creepy creatures.

Night of the Living Zoo is presented by the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which draws 1.6 million visitors each year and is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles. The Zoo's location in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways ideally positions it as a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles' Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Advance tickets, which include two drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks) are $46 per person and $41 per person for GLAZA members. At the door, tickets are $51 per person, and $46 per person for GLAZA members. No outside food, beverages or large bags permitted. Tickets are available at http://www.lazoo.org/nightofthelivingzoo/. For additional information, call (323) 644-6042.

Boo at the Zoo is included with the regular price of zoo admission. GLAZA members get in free. Tickets for Night of the Living Zoo are $35 when purchased in advance online, $40 at the door, and $30 for GLAZA members. The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens are located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.  Click here for the zoo's website.

More in this series: 

  1. Night of the Living Zoo 2014
  2. Boo at the Zoo 2014
  3. Boo at the Zoo and Night of the Living Zoo updates