Living Desert Zoo and Gardens celebrates Howl-O-Ween


Howl-O-Ween, perhaps the funniest way to celebrate with amazing animals from around the world, has come down to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October.

The zoo has hosted hundreds of enthusiastic families from across the Coachella Valley and beyond with an exciting display of colorful Halloween exhibits and plenty of games and adventures for young and old. Guests were encouraged to dress up and participate in the Halloween-themed family festivities while enjoying the daily attractions and wonders of The Living Desert.

Pierce, 12, Grant, 10, and Paige, 7, showed off their Halloween costumes at Howl-O-Ween on October 31, 2021.

The event included a scavenger hunt and children ages 12 and under received a “Boo-in-a-Bag” pre-filled with goodies. There was also a pumpkin party with the staff offering decorated animal treats throughout the day, allowing guests to get a closer look at cheetahs, jaguars, zebras and more.

Located on Portola Avenue in Palm Desert with the backdrop of Eisenhower Mountain, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens invites guests to meet the incredible animals of the underwater land. On Friday, the zoo will welcome its new Rhino Savanna. Tickets are available now at And some evenings from November 23 to December 30, the zoo will be holiday-lit and will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are required.

Canela and Darren McKnight of Rancho Mirage treated their children, Joy and Mia, in Howl-O-Ween at the Living Desert on October 31, 2021.

About the living desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is an accredited non-profit member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards in all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service and operations. The zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world as well as in its own community. The zoo has been a premier destination in the Palm Springs area for over 50 years.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m. For more information on memberships, events, dates or to purchase tickets, call (760) 346-5694 or visit

Carole Stephen-Smith has lived in the desert for over 30 years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she began writing in London and has been a regular contributor to The Desert Sun for the past six years.


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