SPOOKtacular In-Person & Virtual Costume Contest 

SPOOKtacular In-Person Costume Contest


Show off your awesome creative skills by participating in the SPOOKtacular Costume Contest. At 4:00pm Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, zoo guests are invited to swing by the Chautauqua Amphitheater (by Expedition Café concession stand) as we check out the fabulous fashions of our visiting goblins and ghouls! All zoo guests are welcome to view the spooky styles, no participation required.

Divisions


The SPOOKtacular Costume Contest will be judged in three divisions by a team of celebrity Zoo judges. In each division, zoo swag prize package will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place costume winners.
  • Infants Division (ages 2 & under)
  • Child Division (ages 3-12 years)
  • Adult Division (ages 13+ years)

Rules & Participation Regulations


  • All attendees to SPOOKtacular Costume Contest must pre-purchased an advanced ticket online or pay regular admission at the gate. There is no additional cost to participate in the costume contest.
  • Put together a creative, spooky, or funny costume and wear it to Sunset Zoo’s SPOOKtacular. All costumes are welcome, and creativity is high encouraged…homemade or purchased is perfect. Just remember this is a family-friendly event, so please keep costumes rated “G.” For the safety of our animals and guests, costumes with loud sounds, gas or electric motors, or smoke will not be permitted on zoo grounds.
  • To participate in the contest, arrive at the Zoo’s Chautauqua Amphitheater at 3:45pm on Saturday October 22 or Sunday October 23 to receive your SPOOKtacular Costume Contest bib that we’ll delicately pin to your costumed attire. The zoo judges will use this to indent the winners during your division sashay across the stage. Limit one entry, per person, per day.
  • Zoo staff will start lining up divisions at 3:45pm. So don’t be tardy to the party! Our contest emcees will take it from there and direct you for your stage debut.
  • Prizes will be awards to the top three costumes in each division by our team of expert zoo judges.

SPOOKtacular VIRTUAL Costume Contest


Unable to Attend the SPOOKtacular Costume Contest in person? No worries! Sunset Zoo will offer for the first time, the SPOOKtacular Virtual Costume Contest. CLICK HERE (LINK COMING SOON) to submit a picture of your amazing costume securely and confidentially. Or scan one of our many QR codes throughout the Zoo to submit while you are attending the event. Winners will be contacted by October 24 via email.

Divisions


The SPOOKtacular Costume Contest will be judged in three divisions by a team of celebrity Zoo judges. In each division, zoo swag prize package will be awarded to the 1st, 2st, and 3rd place costume winners.
  • Infants Division (ages 2 & under)
  • Child Division (ages 3-12 years)
  • Adult Division (ages 13+ years)

Rules & Participation Regulations


  • Entries are required to attend Sunset Zoo’s SPOOKtacular in person. You picture MUST be taken inside the Zoo to be considered.
  • Put together a creative, spooky, or funny costume and wear it to Sunset Zoo’s SPOOKtacular. All costumes are welcome, and creativity is high encouraged…homemade or purchased is perfect. Just remember this is a family-friendly contest, so please keep costumes rated “G.”
  • To participate in the virtual contest CLICK HERE (LINK COMING SOON!) to submit a picture of your amazing costume securely and confidentially.
  • Virtual entries accepted 5:00pm Friday October 21 until 6:00pm Sunday October 23.
  • Prizes will be awards to the top three costumes in each division by our team of expert zoo judges.