Creepy Halloween fun at 'Ghouls and Gators' event

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Goblins and ghouls and gators? Oh my!  Get ready to show your family a different kind of creepy this Halloween!

The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) will present a fun and unique Halloween-themed event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at its nationally renowned reptile sanctuary in north Scottsdale.

During the "Ghouls and Gators" event, guests can spend the evening roaming the intimate sanctuary, enjoying the flying bats above and the creepy crawlies below. Walk through the foggy swamps of the Gator area, but expect some ghouls along the way.

The event will also feature a pumpkin patch, games, raffle items and more. Arrive in costume and you'll receive a free raffle ticket for one of the awesome prizes. Try your hand at the Gator Grab or do some Bone Digging. Guests will also be Chuck'n some Chickens (rubber, of course) and doing the Reptile Bingo. Snacks and drinks will be available.

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.

Gator and Ghouls Family Event
Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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. You can purchase your tickets online.

About Phoenix Herpetological Society
Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued reptiles and educating the public about living with these amazing creatures. PHS was founded in 2001, and operates a sanctuary on more than two acres of privately owned land in north Scottsdale. PHS is home to nearly 1700 native and exotic reptiles, many of them endangered and participants in captive breeding re-population programs.  The sanctuary offers unique opportunities to get close to and, in some cases, interact with snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises from the Desert Southwest and around the world. Education programs include day camps, school and community presentations and tours.