SPOOKtacular 2023 

Admission and Hours:

SAVE THE DATES: October 20th-22nd, 2023
 October 20th (Special Populations & Special Needs Night) - 5:30-7:30 PM
This sensory friendly evening will be designed for special populations and high risk families. 

  October 21st & 22nd
- 9:30 AM-5:15 PM
(Time tickets* - 9:30 AM-11:15 AM; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 1:30 PM-3:15 PM; 3:30 PM-5:15 PM)
 *Time tickets are utilized to ensure easy entry for guests.


Tickets are currently NOT available on Civic Rec. You will need to select Sunset Zoo. 
 $6 for adults (Ages 13+) /$4 for children (3-12) (Regular admission rates apply) 

  • Pre-purchase tickets required
  • Children 2 and under are admitted free
  • FOSZ members receive $1 off each pre-purchased ticket to the event

Costumes, Candy, Activities... OH MY!

 Wear your costumes - adults and kids! Have fun and be creative! Spooktacular would not be Spooktacular without CANDY. We will have local businesses handing out candy throughout the zoo! So join us for Halloween themed activities, candy, a decorated zoo, entertainment, and so much more! 


 Parking is available in the Zoo's main lot and the grass field to the side of the zoo. Community members can also park in Manhattan High School's lot, located at the corner of Oak and Westwood. It's a busy weekend, so please drive slowly and carefully.

Tickets Available September 2023

Tickets are purchased online through our online CivicRec system. You must have an account to make any purchases. 

Signing up for an account is fast and easy and you can

buy tickets through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation website. Don't have an account? You can set one up through this easy registration page.

Tickets can also be pre-purchase at the Sunset Zoo gift shop, or by calling the gift shop with a credit card for phone purchase. To receive the FOSZ discount, FOSZ members much purchase their tickets in person or through your CivicRec account. 

SPOOKtacular is held rain or shine. No ticket refunds due to weather. 
NOTE: FOSZ members must purchase tickets in person or online through your CivicRec account to receive $1 off youth ticket.

Zoo Highlights: 

  • See our amazing animals 
  • Take a picture with your family throughout various photo opportunities
  • Live entertainment by MHS Chamber String Musicians, KSU Tatsumaki Yosakoi, POPS Choir, & MHK Play Studio
  • Candy distribution throughout the zoo
  • Halloween decorations
  • Fun and interactive activities 
  • Costume contest virtually (link here) and in-person (Saturday/Sunday 3:30-5:15 pm timeslot only, see the Costume Contest link for more information!)


Drinks and snacks will be available in our gift shop and concession stand for purchase.

Candy Booth Sponsors 2022:

Caffey, Johnson, & Ingels, P.A. 
 Ascension Via Christi 
 Dehart Plumbing 
 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 
 The Women's Health Group
 Raising Riley/Riley County Health Department
 Wamego Chamber of Commerce 
 Dentistry By Design 
 Chase Life Chiropractic
 Community First National Bank 
 First Baptist Church of Manhattan 
 B&C Dance Co.
 Manhattan Surgical Hospital Blue River Family Medicine, Central Kansas Cancer Center
 Feisty Reds Bling
 Flint Hills Job Corps
 Flint Hills Discovery Center
 Kansas Science Festival 
 Kia of Manhattan
What is with the camera?
This event will have an event photographer taking photos through the day. These photos are for Sunset Zoo use only and may appear on the Sunset Zoo website, marketing materials, social media outlets, or other future Sunset Zoo promotional material. By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media. 

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