Night of the Living Zoo 2016 in Washington DC

An Adult Halloween Party with the Animals at the National Zoo

The National Zoo Halloween Decorations
••• Photo © Smithsonian National Zoo

Night of the Living Zoo, the adult-only event at the National Zoo in Washington DC, is a popular annual Halloween party with bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. Participants dress in costume while enjoying the little monsters that live at the Small Mummy House, Ghastly Ape House, Reptile Disgusting Center, Trick Tank and more.

Date and Time: October 28, 2016, 6:30 - 10 p.m.


The National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC The best way to get to the Zoo is to take Metro to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk. See a map and directions.

Night of the Living Zoo will be located in the middle portion of the Zoo between the Small Mammal House and the Carousel. 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.

Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance and usually sell out. They are on sale through $20 FONZ members, $30 nonmembers. There is a $2.49 handling fee. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission.


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