What's more frightening than seeing lions, tigers and bears up close? Seeing them on Halloween, of course! So if you're in Dallas on the last weekend of October, then you're in luck. The Dallas Zoo is once again celebrating Halloween Nights in late October. This annual event is a popular draw for visitors of all ages and the perfect place to take your kids for a safe celebration.
Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo are a bit frightening — Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo
Some of the main highlights of past Halloween Nights have included 13 colorful trick-or-treat candy stations sponsored by Imperial Sugar and a hilarious Monster Mash show. Be sure to head over to the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo area for a magic show, and don't miss the fun Animal Adventures show.
The kids will love riding the Haunted Carousel, as well as meeting all the creepy bugs in the Herpetarium. There's also puppet shows included in the festivities.
The zoo normally roasts s'mores - perfect for the cool autumn evenings - and showcases a pumpkin patch photo display, ideal for ghostly family portraits. There may even be sky ghosts, costumed characters and stilt walkers throughout the zoo, and most animal exhibits - the koalas, etc. - will be open.
The spooky fun starts at 5 p.m. each night, and tickets for this special event cost $10 per person (for guests ages 3 and up). The admission fee includes entertainment and six coupons for the different candy stations.
To learn more about this year's specific dates and details, visit DallasZoo.com.