SPOOKtacular 2024 

SAVE THE DATES: October 25-27, 2024
 October 25th (Special Populations & Special Needs Night) - 5:30-7:30 PM
This sensory-friendly evening will be designed for children with special needs and high-risk families. All are welcome. 

  October 26th & 27th
- 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 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
  • If you need assistance, call our ticket office at 785-567-2737 during business hours to make your purchase. 

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 through Civic Rec

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-purchased at the Sunset Zoo gift shop or by calling the gift shop at 785-587-2737 with a credit card for a phone purchase. To receive the FOSZ discount, FOSZ members must purchase tickets in person or through their 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 their CivicRec account to receive a $1 off youth ticket.

Zoo Highlights: 

  • See our amazing animals 
  • Take a picture with your family at various photo spots
  • Live entertainment TBD
  • Candy distribution throughout the zoo
  • Halloween decorations
  • Fun and interactive activities 
  • The costume contest on Saturday and Sunday begins staging at 3:30 p.m.
  • Variety of food vendors
  • Virtual Costume Contest see sign-up details on the webpage 


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


  • A&H Farms 
  • 365 Days 365 Chances Counseling Services LLC
  • BEBE
  • Bold & Confident Dance Company
  • Caffey, Johnson, & Ingels P.A.
  • Candlewood Veterinary Clinic
  • Dentistry By Design
  • Dillons
  • Downtown Dental Group
  • Flint Hills Job Corps 
  • Fur Family Animal Hospital
  • Hy-Vee 
  • Kansas Science Festival
  • LEAP! 
  • Manhattan Surgical Hospital
  • MHK Play Studio
  • Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Parks & Recreation (City of Manhattan)
  • Sunny 102.5 / Manhattan Broadcasting Company
  • The Women’s Health Group
  • Riley County Health Department

As of 10/1/2023

What is with the camera?
This event will have an event photographer taking photos throughout 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 your attendance, you agree to the usage of your likeness in such media. 

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