Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Night of the Living Zoo

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:30 - 10 P.M.

It’s Baaaaack. Join us at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for a wicked night of fun. With a live band, costume contest, and mind-boggling performance art—including fortune tellers, fire eaters, and illusionists, it is a Halloween party you won't want to miss.

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FONZ members may purchase up to six tickets at the member price.

Ticket Information

Tickets will be available for purchase at least 6 weeks prior to the event date.

General Admission Ticket

Ticket pricing will be updated as we get closer to the event.

VIP Ticketholders

Includes access to an exclusive VIP area, heavy hors d'oeuvres, private animal demonstrations, and 2 tickets for adult "elixirs."


FONZ encourages you to take public transportation and drink responsibly.
Metro: The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is between the Red Line's Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops.
Uber is Night of the Living Zoo’s exclusive transportation partner this year! New to Uber? Sign up with the promo code NOLZDC for $20 off your first ride (new users only. not valid on uberTAXI). Visit www.uber.com/go/NOLZDC or download the Uber app with the promo code NOLVDC.
Parking: Parking at the event will be $22.

Event Details

  • Zoo access during the witching hours
  • After-hours access to the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, and Reptile Discovery Center
  • Live (undead?) entertainment: TBA
  • Costume contest awarding prizes for the creepiest costumes
  • Carousel rides

The Fine Print

You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-replaceable. This is an adults-only event. Babies and children will not be admitted. Please drink responsibly. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. Night of the Living Zoo will be held rain or shine.

Sponsor This Event

Companies interested in sponsoring the event will receive valuable benefits ranging from logo ID on event and advertising materials to onsite signage, sampling opportunities, and complimentary tickets. For more information, email Jackie Vinick. or Pam Bucklinger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be animals at the event?

There will be after-hours access to the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank. Please remember the welfare of the animal is our priority, so animal demonstrations may be canceled if it is in the best interest of the animal.

Are concessions available?

Yes, food and beverages will be available for purchase. There will be a several food trucks as well as food carts. Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. ATMs are located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center and Mane Restaurant.

Where is the Event Located in the Zoo?

Night of the Living Zoo will be located in the middle portion of the Zoo between Small Mammal House and the Carousel. The Small Mammal House is about a 10 minute walk from the top of the zoo. There will be two registration locations; one will be by the Small Mammal House, the other will be at the bottom of the zoo by the clock tower across from the Harvard Street Bridge.