10/17/2021, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Weekly on Sunday
Location:Zoo Grounds map
Returning in 2021, experience a light-time adventure for the whole family this Halloween at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. This fun and not-so-frightening event is an illuminated spectacle for all ages and like nothing you've seen before!
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will dawn about 400 larger-than-life lantern displays as part of our family friendly Halloween event, Ghouls & Glow presented by Veridian Credit Union, on October 8 – 10 and 15 – 30, 2021.
Lanterns, custom-made for the Zoo, will illuminate the Bay Family’s Children’s Adventure Trails. Visitors will encounter dancing skeletons, candy monsters, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, witches, wizards, spider web arches, sugar skulls with elements of nature, an eerie house, a mummy band and other friendly ghouls. A number of bats, vultures, spiders and black cats will also light up the trails.
By popular demand, trick-or-treating is returning to the Zoo this Halloween! Every night of Ghouls & Glow, treat stations will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. as we hand out more than one million pieces of candy. To help us stay green, guests should bring their own bag to collect treats.
Outside of the main lantern display, hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins will glisten along the Zoo’s pathways, as well as a 14-foot-tall pumpkin tree and themed lighting and décor provided by the Zoo’s holiday lighting partner, Holidynamics. Throughout the evening, Omaha Circus Arts will showcase their amazing acts of fire dancing, aerials, juggling and flow arts while Omaha Street Percussion returns with their popular percussion performances. Joe Cole’s Magic Show will bring awe and delight to little ones and a DJ on the Desert Dome Plaza will keep everyone dancing all night long.
Visitors can also catch an animal ambassador program, grab a bite to eat at Sea Turtle Café or explore some of the Zoo’s indoor exhibits. See the nocturnal animals of Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night or visit the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium after-hours.
If purchased onsite at the Zoo, prices increase $4 per ticket. Online ticket purchases are encouraged. Capacity is limited to 4,000 guests. Tickets are available for purchase online starting Wednesday, September 8.
October 8-10 and 15-30
*If purchased onsite at the Zoo, prices increase $4 per ticket. Online ticket purchases are encouraged. Capacity is limited to 4,000 guests. Tickets are available for purchase online starting Wednesday, September 8.
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Zoo Member Event Admission
Zoo members must log in with their member number or card number to receive member pricing.
Capacity is limited to 4,000 guests.
Non-Member Event Admission
Presenting Sponsor: Veridian Credit Union
Lighting Partner: Holidynamics
Decor Partner: Oriental Trading Company
Premier Treat Station Partners: ACX Cinemas, Two Men and a Truck
Treat Station Hosts: Children's Dental Specialists, American Association of Zookeepers - Omaha Chapter
Proceeds from ticket sales at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium special events will be allocated toward animal health, wellness and enrichment programs as well as furthering conservation efforts worldwide. Thank you for helping us to zoo more good!
In preparation for the event, Bay Family’s Children’s Adventure Trails will close for the season on Monday, September 20, 2021.
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