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Lowry Park Zoo’s newest attraction Wake the Dead makes 2012 ZooBoo scarier than ever. ZooBoo is Oct. 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28.
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Children, ages 11 and under, are invited to come to ZooBoo in their most spooktacular attire. No toy weapons of any sort are permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults, ages 12 and older, are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind.
TAMPA - Zombies, ghosts and ghouls, oh my! ZooBoo 2012 features five hair-raising haunts including the newest alarming attraction, “Wake the Dead,” where the creepy residents refuse to rest in peace.

Tampa’s largest family Halloween event, made possible by Bank of America, Lowry Park Zoo’s signature spooktacular event continues Oct. 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28.

In 2012, guests can celebrate ZooBoo’s 14th year of fun and fear with haunted houses and trails, seasonal displays and lights, creepy crawlers, mysterious music, a specialty gift shop, night rides and eerie adventures for “monsters” of all ages. When the darkness descends, venture into the newest spooky spot, Wake the Dead, a ghostly graveyard that will send shivers down your spine.

The haunted attractions at ZooBoo are designed to provide a frightening experience for those who choose to participate without depicting violence or gore. Extensive decorations, animatronics, lights, sound effects, and costumed character actors* (volunteers) in designated haunts, scare up a good time.

Children, ages 11 and under, are invited to come to ZooBoo in their most spooktacular attire. No toy weapons of any sort are permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults, ages 12 and older, are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind.


A “skull” rating system is assigned to each attraction to clearly indicate the scare factor. Seven is the most intense and is intended for mature audiences. One skull is family-friendly for little boys and “ghouls.” Because of their outdoor settings, Wake The Dead, Tangled Terror and Fright Theater 3D do not open until dusk.

* NEW! Wake the Dead (6 skulls): Tampa Bay has many scary legends… and this year one of the most terrifying is unearthed! Meet your ghost host in person and listen carefully as he warns you of the perils to come as you venture into the graveyard darkness with the un-dead. Zombies and giant ghostly apparitions do their best to keep you as one of their permanent residents.

* Tangled Terror (7 skulls): A hybridization experiment with carnivorous plants fails. The subject plants all die…but come back to life! Ravenous, they begin their terrifying hunt for food. But only one thing will devour their undying hunger…revenge on their mad scientist creators. Don’t get tangled up in their path or you might become dinner.

* Pharaoh’s Tomb of Revenge (6 skulls): Far from the burial ground discovered in an Egyptian desert, a tomb full of findings, purchased and relocated by an eccentric tycoon, is being reassembled for display by all. Everything seems well, until unsettled spirits attached to the artifacts come alive and unleash the curse of the Pharaoh.

* Declassified: Project Alien (7 skulls): Publicly, The BioGen Corp, is an upstanding medical research company. But, at night, they serve a dark purpose and experiment with alien genetics. As you enter their secret bio labs you’ll stumble across what happens when you deal with the things from out of this world.

* Fright Theater 3D: Trapped in Time (3 skulls*) A famous movie palace called “The Lowry,” once located on the banks of the Hillsborough River, has mysteriously re-appeared. The films from the 1950s are still burning up the screen in the now dilapidated theater. Enter the movie screen itself and become part of the films shown long ago.

Family Favorites

FAMILY FAVORITES (All rated 1 skull)

Zoo Boo is designed to appeal to the entire family. These attractions, all rated 1 skull, are developed with a specific age group in mind.

* Creepy Crawlers Lane: Here to give you the creeps are some awesome arachnids and interesting insects that creep, crawl and slither about.

* Flying Fox / Bat House: Fly by the Zoo’s Bat House, featuring a group of “Flying Fox,” the largest bats in the world.

* Little Beasties Bungalow: Walk into a world of dazzling lights and friendly Halloween scenes, smiling monsters and not-so-scary characters.

* Costumed Characters: Mingle with the monsters for fun photo opportunities.

* Spooky Fun Fair: A frightfully fun inflatables area with new Dora/Diego Adventure Bounce and games of skill like Monster Basketball, Pumpkin Pitch and more.

* Fun and Free Rides: Shake, rattle and roll for free! Take a spin on our one of the Zoo’s wild rides, re-named for the occasion: New Batty Bumper Boats, Pumpkin Patch Express (kiddie train), Roarin’ Roller-Ghoster (family coaster), Flyin’ Boo-nanas (kiddie flying bananas ride), Flume of Fear (water flume ride), and Scary-Go-Round (carousel). Don’t miss the Pony Trek with Haflingers and Gypsy Vanner horses.

Hours and admission

ZooBoo takes place October 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, and 25-28. Hours are 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7-10 p.m. on other select nights.

General admission is $17 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children age 2 and under. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Zoo’s front gate during normal business hours or on the night of the event. Admission includes rides.

ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, a nonprofit organization, with proceeds benefiting animal care and education programs.

The Zoo gratefully acknowledges the sponsors and partners who make the event possible: Bank of America, Cutler Associates, Shapes Total Fitness for Women, Verizon, Edy’s, Fisher-Price, Lindsay, Wesley Chapel Toyota Honda, and Winn Dixie. For more information, visit the ZooBoo web site. Also find ZooBoo on Facebook.

Zoo School Halloween Happenings

The Zoo School at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is also getting into the Halloween spirit with spooktacular seasonal programs: a ZooBoo Family Sleepover is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6; Halloween-themed birthday parties with ZooBoo admission are available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on select ZooBoo nights; and “Family Flock” Boo Zoo classes (for ages 2 to 5 with a parent or guardian) are October 24-26. Registration for education programs is required no less than one week in advance and is available online. Space is limited.

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave. in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on select nights during special events. Parking is free. For more information, visit

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