SPOOKtacular

SPOOKtacular
 


Trick-or-Treat Among the Animals

Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 | Noon to 4:30pm Each Day

Trick-or-treat among the animals by visiting five candy trails sponsored by local businesses and non-profit organizations. Family-friendly activities throughout the Zoo, a costume contest, live animal encounters and a spooky forest inside the Nature Exploration Center await each SPOOKtacular guest!

Special Admission Rates

  • $5 per trick-or-treating child (children of any age receiving candy)
    Two adults admitted free with each paid child's admission.
  • Children 2 and under that are not trick-or-treating admitted free
  • FOSZ members receive $1 off each child's admission
  • Regular admission of $5 per adult applies to any additional adults and non trick-or-treating guests. FOSZ adult members are free.

Costumes + Candy Bags 

Wear your costumes - adults and kids! Have fun and be creative, just remember you're walking through the Zoo. You can even win prizes for top costume during the SPOOKtacular Costume Contest each day! And be sure to bring your candy bags to collect your candy loot.

Parking + Food Vendors

Parking is available in the Zoo's main lot and the grass fields that surround the Zoo's entry. Closer to the event, we'll post a parking map to help you in your efforts. It's a busy weekend, so please drive slowly and carefully.

As you're enjoying your spooktacular adventures, hunger is a definite reality! The Zoo's Expedition Cafe and the Los Toritos Food Truck will be serving up tasty treats both days from Noon to 4:30pm!

Advance Tickets Now on Sale!

We welcome 5,000+ guests over the SPOOKtacular weekend. Purchase your tickets in advance to speed through the ticket line!
  • ONLINE: Purchase tickets online through the RecTrac portal 
  • IN PERSON: At the Zoo's ticket booth, open daily from 9:30am to 5pm. 
SPOOKtacular is held rain or shine. No ticket refunds due to weather.
NOTE: FOSZ members must purchase tickets in person to receive $1 off youth ticket discount.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 29
Zoo open Noon to 5pm | Event from 12 to 4:30pm
Sunday, October 30 
Zoo open Noon to 5pm | Event from 12 to 4:30pm
  • ALL DAY: five candy trails for the kids!
  • ALL DAY: Spooky Forest inside the Nature Exploration Center featuring kid-friendly activities
  • ALL DAY: Vote for your favorite hand-carved jack-o-lantern by KSU's AP+Design students in the Pavilion
  • Noon - 2pm - KSU's Tap Dance Ensemble's "Tappy Halloween" performances near Pavilion
  • 1:30 - 4:30pm - Manhattan High School's Thespian Mime Troupe throughout Zoo
  • 2pm - Manhattan High School's Varsity Choir in entryway 
  • 2:30pm - SPOOKtacular Costume Contest in Chautauqua Amphitheatre 
  •  ALL DAY: five candy trails for the kids!
  • ALL DAY: Spooky Forest inside the Nature Exploration Center featuring kid-friendly activities
  • ALL DAY: Vote for your favorite hand-carved jack-o-lantern by KSU's AP+Design students in the Pavilion
  • 1 - 3pm - KSU's Swingin Spurs perform throughout Zoo, 2pm performance near Pavilion
  • 1:30 - 4:30pm - Manhattan High School's Thespian Mime Troupe throughout Zoo
  • 2:30pm - SPOOKtacular Costume Contest in Chautauqua Amphitheatre 
  • 3pm - Manhattan High School's Pops Choir in entryway 


Thank You to Our Sponsors

SPOOKtacular would not be possible without the support of these great organizations:

Cricket Wireless  De Hart Plumbing Heating & Cooling   Farm Bureau Financial Services 

First Command Financial Services   Flint Hills Discovery Center 

Flint Hills Job Corps   FlyMHK   Friends of Sunset Zoo    Hackerott's Leadership Academy   Hy-Vee

Konza United Way   K-State Athletics   Lawrence Virtual Schools

LuluRoe  Murdock Manhattan   Oak Grove Preschool Oz Museum 

Premier Chiropractic & Wellness   Sun Tan City   United Bank & Trust   Wildcat Creek Fun & Fitness

Confetti & Cashmere | Farm Bureau, Joe Wilson & Andy Fischer

Become A Candy Booth Sponsor

Join us for two fun-filled days connecting with 5,000 of your closest fans. SPOOKtacular is a fantastic event to showcase your organization to families in the Flint Hills region. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for businesses and not-for-profit organizations.