Scottsdale reptile sanctuary slates family Halloween event

Residents are encouraged to keep the Halloween spirit alive — and get one more use out of those expensive costumes — by attending “Gators and Ghouls” on Nov. 5.

phs-logoThe Phoenix Herpetological Society will present the family-friendly event 6-9 p.m. at its reptile sanctuary in north Scottsdale. 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.

Advance tickets are required. Register online at

Tickets are $10 for children ages 4-17; $15 for adults 18 and over. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

The sanctuary is located near 78th Street and Dynamite Road.

Proceeds from the event will help support PHS’ mission of “Conservation through Education.”

Animals include snakes, lizards such as green iguanas and Asian monitors, alligators, crocodiles, desert and Galapagos tortoises, turtles and more. Not all animals will be out for the night-time event.

Phoenix Herpetological Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued reptiles. 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 more than 1,700 native and exotic reptiles, many of them endangered and participants in captive breeding repopulation programs.

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