Halloween is one of the funnest times of the year for kids, and there's no better place to spend that time with your family than Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo. This popular annual event in Dallas takes place every October. Along with the regular exhibits, Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo features a ton of family-friendly activities.
In 2014, Halloween Nights will run from Thursday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 26. This fall event has occurred for several years, and it's certainly becoming more and more popular each Halloween. Come ready for fun.
From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. each evening in the ZooNorth area, kids can enjoy candy stations throughout the zoo, fun costumed characters strolling through the park and exciting Animal Adventures shows. Costumes (especially animal ones!) are encouraged.
Dallas Zoo at night — Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo
While you're at the Dallas Zoo, visit the renowned Wilds of Africa exhibit, which is always a crowd-pleaser, with highlights including playful chimps, majestic African elephants and relaxing monorail tours. This popular exhibit includes some 80 species of African animals. Visitors also have the opportunity to feed the giraffes and eat dinner while overlooking the lion exhibit in this part of the zoo.
The Dallas Zoo in total houses approximately 8,000 animals that represent about 380 different species. A statuesque bronze giraffe greets guests as they enter the park. The engaging complex, home to a variety of wildlife, also features exhibits like Giants of the Savannah, Primate Place and Snout Route, which presents animals with distinctive noses, like tapirs and anteaters.
There's even a children's petting zoo for the little ones that even has pony rides, as well as a fabulous carousel that will delight children and adults alike with its beautiful creatures. Young visitors can pet pygmy goats and feed the birds there. In the ZooNorth area of the zoo, kids can also take train rides.
Make a plan to include a visit to the onsite gift shop here, as well. Kids will love the wide variety of animal toys, including light-up sticks perfect for trick or treating. There are several restaurants and cafes throughout the zoo that offer traditional American food like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream, as well as healthy options including salads.
Tickets for Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo event are $10 per person (from age three and up), and Dallas Zoo members will receive a $2 discount per ticket. Parking for Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo is $5 per vehicle. Take the Dart Red Line train to save time and money on parking and gas.