Brookfield Zoo Quietly Kills a Chicago Halloween Tradition

Rumors that Brookfield Zoo will not host its hard-ticketed after-hours Halloween event Creatures of the Night this year, even after stunning popularity last year, have been confirmed as true. Although there was no mention that last year's event was the last, the

Photo courtesy of Rachel Kramer, rkramer62 on Flickr

Photo courtesy of Rachel Kramer, rkramer62 on Flickr

zoo has confirmed that the event will not run again this year. The zoo has also not publicly made an announcement regarding why the event was axed. In previous years, the event featured haunted tram rides, a pumpkin executioner, a maze and a dance party hosted in the zoo's pavilion area.

In 2012, the event appeared to be a success drawing large crowds which also resulted in large wait times. My family actually skipped the haunted tram last year because of the unbelievably long wait. However, the year before the tram ride was a fun treat and the zoo had costumed characters popping out to scare people on the tram as it drove around a trail on the north side of the zoo.  It appears that the complaints about long lines and waits may not have gone unnoticed by the zoo, but instead of increasing capacity, the zoo may have decided to just axe the entire event instead.

Creatures of the Night was one of the events that truly made Brookfield Zoo stand out against other fall activities in the Chicagoland area. The zoo was excellently decorated for this event and the entire night was a great way for families to enjoy some Halloween festivities in a familiar environment. In addition to the Tram and Trail of Terror, the Australia House and Swamp were also open during the event allowing families to see nocturnal animals a bit more active than they typically are during the daytime.  If the event will not be running this year, it is a loss for everyone in Chicagoland as this was one of the most unique family friendly events to attend.

Brookfield Zoo currently has their daytime Halloween Activity, Boo at the Zoo on their event calendar for October 19-20th d the 26th-27th. While Boo at the Zoo typically only runs two weekends in October, Creatures of the Night usually ran for at least 3 weekends, beginning after the zoo closed for the day. Details about Boo at the Zoo can be found at and Boo at the Zoo is included with daily zoo admission at no extra charge.


Looking for more Fall Halloween events? Do you know what the top five pumpkin farms in Chicago are? Click HERE for the answer!

Want to know what the cool kids are doing this Halloween? Click HERE for a list of family Halloween events that even teens and tweens will want to do this year.

Want to visit Brookfield Zoo? Check out my post on how to cheaply visit Brookfield Zoo without coupons! The Best Way to Visit Brookfield Zoo

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