News Release

September 9, 2011


Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations

Note: Images of Creatures of the Night at Brookfield Zoo may be downloaded at

Brookfield Zoo’s Creatures of the Night is a Hauntingly Good Time
Zpook-tacular Fun Awaits Brave Souls of All Ages this Halloween Season

      Brookfield, Ill —This Halloween season, goose bumps and chills await kids, tweens, teens, and families who dare venture to Brookfield Zoo’s Creatures of the Night, presented by Best Buy. There is something in store for all levels of bravery over the course of nine haunting evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The bravest guests can take their chances on “The Trail of Terror—Underneath,” an indoor winding pathway that will take them through a research team’s dig site for pre-historic life. Along the trail, suspenseful surprises and utter mayhem unfolds as zoogoers will try to escape from a colony of humanoid drones and grotesque creatures.

Zoogoers looking for more chills can board “The Haunted Tram” with Scream Vacations, where every trip is full of fright. During the ride, guests will be reminded to keep their body parts inside the moving vehicle as there are enough human parts lying along the trail as well as scary scenes with monsters, goblins, and other possessed beasts.

The Creature Feature Center, located on the West Mall, guests can watch snippets from classic horror movies on the latest electronic equipment from Best Buy, and have the opportunity to enter the Best Buy Chicago All Access online sweepstakes. Guests can use the equipment provided by Best Buy to take their photos and upload it to the All Access Web site. Participants who enter the sweepstakes will have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a two-year Brookfield Zoo sustaining-level family membership that features unlimited general admission. The winner and a guest will also receive four special behind-the-scenes animal encounters.

For families with younger children, the zoo’s Pavilions will feature not-so-scary activities. The Pavilions will be rocking all night long with the Monster Mash Dance Party led by a DJ who will be playing a variety of Halloween-themed music throughout each evening. Guests can also participate in carving pumpkins, take a spin on The Carousel, or try to find their way through the 7,000-square-foot “Crazed Maze.”

In Hamill Family Play Zoo (closes at 9:00 p.m.), youngsters can participate in Halloween-themed craft activities and games that include creating paper bats and decorating trick-or-treat bags to use on Halloween (while supplies last). In the Play Zoo’s backyard area, staff will lead nightly scavenger hunts.

Joining in the Halloween celebration will be B96. The station will broadcast live from the zoo on Saturday, October 15, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Additionally, zoogoers can encounter some more familiar creatures of the night in The Swamp and Australia House, from toothy alligators and slithering snakes to Rodrigues fruit bats—who boast a 3-foot wingspan—and an Argus monitor lizard. (Indoor animal buildings close at 10:00 p.m.) During Creatures of the Night, several of the zoo’s restaurants and gift shops will also be open.

Guests should park in Brookfield Zoo’s main parking lot (First Avenue and 31st Street). Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. Activities are free (with the exception of the pumpkin carving activity and The Carousel) with paid admission of $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older, while Brookfield Zoo members pay half price. Children 2 and under are free. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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