- Zoo Special Events
SPOOKTACULAR 2023 AT SUNSET ZOO
Admission and Hours:
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.
- 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
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.