Night of the Living Zoo Oct. 30th


From a press release:

Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s frighteningly fun adults-only Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. The event, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), will be held Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 10 pm. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and DJ Squirrel spinning spooky beats, it’s a wicked night of fun, all in the name of conservation.

“If you think the Zoo is wild during the day, just wait until the sun goes down,” said Lynn Mento, Executive Director of Friends of the National Zoo. “Night of the Living Zoo is a great way to support wildlife conservation and enjoy a night of Halloween fun with your friends.”

For guests who’d like to showcase their creativity beyond their costume, new this year FONZ will host a Day of the Dead contest where participants will create elaborately decorated scenes to be displayed and judged at the event. The winner will receive an exclusive Zoo experience and recognition at the event. For additional information and to register visit

General admission tickets are $20 for FONZ members and $30 for non-members. VIP tickets are $55 for FONZ members and $80 for non-members. VIP ticket holders will have access to the exclusive VIP Mad Scientist Bar and Lounge where they will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres from top restaurants like Joe’s Stone Crab and Mon Ami Gabi, exclusive animal demonstrations, music by DJ Bulldog, a private dancefloor and two complimentary adult “elixirs.”

Tickets are available now. For details about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit Proceeds from Night of the Living Zoo benefit animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and around the world.

Beer generously provided by Shock Top, Stella Artois, Leffe, Blue Point Brewing Company, and Goose Island Beer Company.

This is event is for adults 21 years of age and older. Night of the Living Zoo will be held rain or shine.”

5 Comment

  • Am I the only one who feels like the name of this event implies the zoo is dead at other times?

  • If I had a nickel for every stupid girl who dressed as a sexy kitten for Halloween events, I think I could pay off my student loans. God, people! Be more creative!

  • I wonder if Mexican “Day of the Dead” ethnic cosplay – complete with stereotypical poncho and sombrero – will eventually be looked down upon? Similar, to blackface or wearing Native American regalia (don’t get me started on idiots at festival wearing a Warrior bonnet), it’s just straight up disrespectful.

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