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The "World's Largest
Halloween Party!"


October 3-5, 9-12, 16-19,
23-26 & 30, 2014

Starts at 5 p.m.
Last Entry at 8:30 p.m.


The Louisville Zoo closes early for daytime visitors on evenings when the Halloween Party occurs:  October 3-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 & 30. Gates close at 3 p.m. (stay until 4 p.m.).  Halloween party starts at 5 p.m.

Special Event Tickets Required for all Guests


Be Seen. Not Scared
If scary is no fun for your little ones, then don’t miss the sweetest party in town. Join us for an evening of magical Halloween fun for the whole family as storybook scenes come to life with costumed characters and trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo for kids 11 and under.

We invite you to dress up for our merry, not-so-scary Halloween Party and meet your favorite pirates, princesses, superheroes and other storybook characters.  Plus visit Mumpkin the Giant Talking Pumpkin and wander through Pumpkinville, USA with its hay maze and hundreds of glowing pumpkins.  

Take fun photos with a T-Rex, giant crayons and a mermaid.  Don’t forget to stroll through Sleepy Hollow to see the mysterious Headless Horseman. The Zoo is transformed and YOU are part of the magic!

Special Treat - October 16 - 19 the Meijer Mobile Virtual Playground will be at the Zoo entrance with FREE fun games and giveaways for the whole family.



Black Cat Crossing Pumpkin Display (through Oct. 26) - Over 200 artistically carved and lit artificial pumpkins. Stop by to see nightly carving demonstrations.


NEW:  Costume Contest

The Louisville Zoo is hosting a costume contest for the final nights of the Halloween Party - Oct. 23-26 and Oct. 30. Winners will receive a behind-the-scenes tour with the newest addition – the baby hippo - and a plush hippo toy!

Guests to the Party during the final event dates will be invited to submit their photos on the Zoo’s Instagram page @louisvillezooofficial with the tag of #louisvillezoohalloweencostume. There will be one winner in each of three categories:

  1. Most Creative

  2. Most Zoo-like

  3. Best Family Theme (all family members in costume).

Photos must be taken with the Zoo’s Big Blue-eyed Darner (dragonfly) near the plaza and be received on the Zoo’s Instagram account and tagged accordingly from Oct. 23-31 to be considered in the contest.  We look forward to seeing some fabulous costumes!

Important Party Tips:

  • Trick-or-treating for kids 11 and under! 

  • Kids - Bring Your Own Treat Bag - help us be “green”
    (cloth bags will be available for sale for $2)

  • Event is rain or shine.  No refunds or exchanges

  • This is a non-smoking event

  • Zoo gates close early to daytime visitors on Halloween Party nights: gates close at 3 p.m., stay until 4 p.m.

  • Visit some of our late night Party animals (weather permitting).  You are most likely to see maned wolves, snow leopards, bongos, rhinos and giraffes.  Many of the animals have early bedtimes at this time of year. The HerpAquarium remains open during the event so visit our creepy and crawliest inhabitants.

  • This event is geared toward young children. Adults may NOT wear masks that cover their faces.

More Party Details:


Ticket Prices and Locations: 

Tickets are required for all guests age 3 & older.

REMINDER: Limited tickets will be available for each night to help
limit crowd size and provide a better quality experience for all the Party guests.

Buy Online Tickets

Limited tickets available per night.
Allow 15 minutes for barcode to be activated following purchase.


Special rates for members and those covered on your card. Please present your online ticket along with your membership card and photo I.D. at the Zoo.

$1 October 3–5 & 9–12
Members MUST purchase in advance online for a specific evening using valid Member I.D. On sale now.
$4.50 October 16–19 & 23–26 & 30
Members must purchase in advance online for a specific evening using valid Member I.D. On sale now.
$5 Any night of the event at Zoo cashier window based on availability. Must present valid Member I.D.
$7.50 Available only at participating Meijer stores.
Tickets valid for any night on sale beginning
September 26.
$9 Advance online ticket.
Must select specific night. On sale now.
$10 Any night of the event at Zoo cashier window based on availability.

Important Ticket Notes: 

  • No service/convenience fees applied

  • Event is rain or shine.  No refunds or exchanges

  • Ticket barcodes on your mobile device can be scanned


Advance Tickets for Groups:

Advance Tickets for Groups of 15+ - Please call 502-459-2181 at least 72 hours in advance. 

To order Hard Stock Consignment Tickets (or) apply for the online Discount Ticket Program for Corporations & Associations click here for details.

$5  At Zoo (per car for all guests) Cash Only
Although parking at the Zoo is free for Louisville Zoo members during regular hours, it is not included for special after-hours events including the Halloween Party


OFF SITE: Limited parking at Derby City ball field (Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Ct.). Free shuttle service nightly beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Road Closings: The following road closings begin at 4 p.m. on event days: Illinois Ave. from Trevilian Way to Taylor Ave., Russell and Grenade. There will also be signs posted for no parking on Illinois Ave. from Trevilian Way to Taylor Ave., Russell, Grenade, Tycoon and Oak Hill.


This FUNraiser provides critical support every year to the Zoo’s animal care programs, botanical gardens, visitor experiences and conservation education.  It takes a village to create the magic that is “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!”  Our thanks to the entire “cast” and "crew" with special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Meijer, to all other partners and sponsors that help make it possible, and to you of course, our Party guests!  There is no Party without you!

Presented by

Sponsored by

Additional Sponsors


Louisville Metro Council President Jim King & District 10 Residents


Contributing Sponsors


Jason Philpot
Hay Co


Booville Sponsors