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october 21, 2015

Gators and Ghouls

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Halloween-themed family event to be held at Scottsdale reptile sanctuary

Gators and Ghouls
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23, and Sat., Oct. 24
Phoenix Herpetological Society, near 78th Street and Dynamite Road, Scottsdale
Children 3 to 16 years - $10; Teens and adults (17 years and older) - $15. Children under 3 years are free.
Advance tickets are required; purchase tickets online at

SCOTTSDALE – The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) will present a unique, family-friendly event on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, at its nationally renowned reptile sanctuary in north Scottsdale.

During the Gators and Ghouls event, guests can spend the evening roaming the intimate sanctuary, enjoying the flying bats above and the creepy crawlies below. The event will also feature some extra spooky animal interactions and a chance to watch them being fed.

Come trick or treat with the reptiles, play Halloween-themed games and vote in the Best Reptile Costume Contest. Walk through the foggy swamps of the Gator area, but be careful of the ghouls…

Snacks and drinks will be available. Register online at; click on the event graphic on the home page.

Proceeds from the event will help support PHS' mission of "Conservation through Education." The sanctuary is home to nearly 1700 native and exotic reptiles, many of them endangered.

Animals include snakes, lizards such as green iguanas and Asian monitors, alligators, crocodiles, desert and Galapagos tortoises, turtles and more. A secure, glass-enclosed room houses the largest collection of venomous snakes in the western United States, with 82 species and subspecies — including a black mamba, widely considered one of the world’s most lethal snakes, and the critically endangered Aruba Island rattlesnake.