OKC ZOO’S POPULAR HAUNT THE ZOO: ALL GROWN UP RETURNS WITH MORE THRILLS FOR ADULTS ONLY
September 17, 2021
Orbit into another dimension of fun with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up taking place on Friday, October 29, from 7 to 11 p.m. After a year hiatus, Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, Oklahoma City’s largest Halloween celebration for adults 21 and older, returns to the OKC Zoo offering guests the opportunity to embrace their excitement for this seasonal festival. Halloween lovers are invited to this epic occasion featuring unique experiences created around the theme, Time Travel. Evening revelers can explore the Zoo as they are transported through time to discover themed bars, delicious eats, live music, immersive haunted experiences and live music and performers.
“This year’s theme of time travel was inspired by the pandemic,” said Jenna Dodson, OKC Zoo’s event manager. “The pandemic’s interruption of everyday routines has caused people to lose track of time, forget what day or even what month it is. We thought we would embrace the time distortion phenomena and have fun with it.”
For the event, the Zoo’s Herpetarium will be transformed into “1980s Nightmares,” an elaborately themed haunted experience presented through the lens of classic horror movies. Brave guests will be taken further back in time experiencing “Jurassic Journey,” a nighttime trek through the Zoo’s DINO SAFARI, acres of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs with pre-historic surprises hidden throughout.
Dance through the decades with tunes and entertainment provided by international DJ destroyers/gladiators of rhythm, Brothers Griiin then swing by the 1920s Speakeasy Bar and karaoke tent to keep the party vibes flowing. “Spook”tacular foods, beer, spirits and signature cocktails will be available for purchase at multiple locations throughout the Zoo plus, local food trucks will also be on-site.
The evening’s activities continue with two spooky sea lion presentations at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., each featuring a “fin”tastic presentation created by the Zoo’s marine mammal team and rides available on the “Time Warp” Endangered Species Carousel.
Event tickets for Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up are available now at okczoo.org. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $60/person and $50/person for ZOOfriends members and include early entry to the event, access to an out-of-this-world VIP lounge complete with full bars and hors d'oeuvres plus, access to the sea lion presentation, carousel and haunted houses. General admission to Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up is $40/person and $30/person for ZOOfriends members.
Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up is sponsored by COOP Ale Works, 1800 Tequila and Kraken Rum. Drink ticket packages will be available for purchase in advance and during the event at $30 for 10 drinks and $15 for 5 drinks. Each drink ticket has a $3 value and can be used for the purchase of any beverage or snack sold at bar locations. Event attendance is limited to ensure social distancing so purchase your tickets early. This event is rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.
Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up is your portal to the ultimate Halloween party! Purchase advance tickets at okczoo.org and avoid the entry lines. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Linktree and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.