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Bugtober: Masquerade

Butterfly Pavilion cordially invites you to an exhibit showcase of the master illusionists of the invertebrate world.

October 1 – 31, 2019
9 am – 5 pm, last entry at 4:15 pm
Included with General Admission

Halloween gives each of us the opportunity to step into the role of another: superheroes and villains, ghosts and ghouls, royalty, our favorite animals – both real and imaginary – and everything in between. From the simple to the elaborate, we don masks and costumes that disguise us and allow us to step into the role of someone, or something, completely different.

But we’re not the only animals that exhibit such behavior. Invertebrates around the world use their own masks – camouflage – to disguise their appearance. But for them, the stakes are much higher. They adorn lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators, or complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneakily approach their prey. Join us all October long to meet these master illusionists for yourself!

Special Experiences 

Spider Pavilion
Walk among incredible orb-weaving spiders and their intricate web creations in a one-of-a-kind enclosure in our Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Daily Program: Orb Weaver Spider Feeding, Time TBD

Katydid Experience
Meet one of nature’s most impressive users of camouflage and mimicry, featured in our Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Get up close and personal with these larger-than-life insects! Daily Program: Katydid Encounter, Time TBD

Masquerade Animal Showcase
Explore exhibits to see animals from around the world that use an amazing array of illusions to survive.

Special Events

Zoo Snooze Overnight: Boy Scout Insect Merit Badge | October 5-6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 am
Stay the night at Butterfly Pavilion to explore special exhibits, encounter incredible animals, take an after-hours hike, enjoy pizza and s'mores, along with breakfast by Snooze - an A.M. Eatery. Experience earns Boy Scouts their Insect Merit badge, but all are welcome! Register here. 

Nature Nerds Family Club: Masquerade | October 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bring the whole family to explore special exhibits, see animals disguised and flamboyantly adorned in their habitats, play camouflage games and make your very own masquerade mask to take home. Register here. 

Homeschool Day: Masquerade | October 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A special day for homeschoolers and their families to explore themed exhibits, enjoy special talks and make their very own masks! Learn more.

Flashlight Tours | October 25, 26, 27, starting at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 pm
Discover Butterfly Pavilion and its incredible animals at night with these after-hours tours through special exhibits led by our invertebrate experts. Registration coming soon. 

Out of School Camp | October 25 & 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bring your kids ages 5 - 12 for a special Masquerade-themed day camp that will keep them learning and entertained while they're out of school. Registration coming soon. 

Bug-A-Boo | October 26 & 27, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating with the whole family throughout our exhibits! Come dressed in your best costumes and enjoy free candy, crafts and entertainment. Included with General Admission.