Dare to be scared at Haunted Reef in Las Vegas

Slithering snakes. Perilous piranhas. Daunting dragons. And that’s just the regular exhibit!

Dare to be scared when Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay dresses up for Halloween as the Haunted Reef Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27. An overall eerie ambiance, including bone-chilling sounds and scary displays, will invade the 105,000-square-foot aquarium.

“This is the twelfth year of Haunted Reef and every year we add to the spooky fun decorations with more ghosts, witches and ghouls,” said Adrienne Rowland, director of Shark Reef. “Guests continue to love (or hate) the drop down spiders and no visit is complete without a picture with our skeleton divers.”

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Shark Reef houses more than 1,200 species of marine life including sharks, exotic fresh and saltwater fish, an eight-foot-long Komodo dragon and much more. Shark Reef’s newest resident is a 50-year-old, 320-pound sea turtle named OD.

Haunted Reef  is open Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for children. Children four and under are free.

Oct. 25 is Community Day and costumed children 12 and under will receive free entry and can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag to collect candy throughout the aquarium.

Adults will also receive free entry on Oct. 25 by donating blood at the special United Blood Services booth on-site from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

But, beware: You know what they say about sharks and blood …