Night of the Living Zoo 2014

Drama After Dark will perform at Night of the Living Zoo for Halloween 2014. Photo by Dani Ballew Esposito
Drama After Dark will perform at Night of the Living Zoo for Halloween 2014. Photo by Dani Ballew Esposito

Location: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 Phone: (323) 644-4200

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Description: The LA Zoo resurrects its night-time Halloween event, which made its debut for Halloween 2013. This is basically a giant costume party on the zoo grounds, with a full bar, live entertainment, a costume contest, spooky educational presentations (e.g., the truth about bats), and of course the creepy creatures residing in the zoo: reptiles, spiders, insects, etc.

Night of the Living Zoo takes place on Friday, October 24, from 7pm to 11pm.

Tickets cost $35 when purchased in advance online, $40 at the door, and $30 for GLAZA members.

This is a 21-and-over event.

No details are forthcoming yet, but Drama After Dark (which presents an annual Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey) is in talks to perform at the 2014 Night of the Living Zoo.

Note: The Los Angeles Zoo also presents the kid-themed Boo at the Zoo on October 18, 19, 23 & 24.

Update: Read the press release for Night of the Living Zoo below...

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.

Looking for more ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles? Check out our Halloween Haunts page!

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