Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

View All Rates ›

Night Eyes 2023 Volunteer Information

October 19-22 & 26-29

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Night Eyes, Iowa’s Merry not Scary Halloween event!


You are welcome to wear a costume. When selecting a costume, please remember the following:

  • Must be merry, not scary
  • No scary Halloween full face masks
  • No Balloons
  • WEATHER APPROPRIATE - you will be outside during your shift
  • Kid friendly & family appropriate


Please park in the zoo’s main parking lot. For second shift volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, you may need to park in the overflow lot.  If you are volunteering with other people, please try to arrive together or carpool.

When you arrive for your shift please come to the Discovery Center Conference Center to check in and get your assignment.

Job Assignments

You will be able to sign up for an assignment using the Volunteer Spot link. Please note: there may be times we need to reassign you to another area.  We appreciate your flexibility while volunteering.  We will have the following opportunities for volunteers:

Zone Captains –Must be 18 years or older. Zone Captains are in charge of one of three zones around the zoo. Each zone has candy treat stations and activities.

Candy Runners – Must be 13 years old or older. Assist the Candy Truck coordinator and deliver candy refill requests. Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. and work a hand cart.

Candy Treat Stations – Must be 13 years old or older. Hand out one (1) piece of candy/drink/treat per child/adult.

Specialized Costume Areas – Must be 13 years or older. Dress up as a "specialized" character and stay at the themed station! These areas provide guests with a great photo opportunity!  We will supply the costumes, but if you have one that fits the theme you are more than welcomed to wear it, just no masks please! 

Theme area include Pirate Ship, Wizard of Oz – you will need to provide your own costume, need to be kid friendly and weather accommodating.

Mascot costumes characters - These costumes cover your head and body and will have a guide dressed up to fit the theme to help you navigate the crowds! These costumes are provided

Fun Zone – Must be at least 13 years old or older. Help monitor the bouncy house area and answer guest’s questions.

Night Eyes Greeters –Must be 13 years or older. Hand out candy treat bags & maps to the guests.

Volunteer Room Attendant –Must be 16 years or older.  Manage volunteer snack area & supervise volunteer room during event.

Volunteer Shift Times

The following shifts are available during Night Eyes:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Nights: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Some opportunities have longer shift times; please see the link for more information.

Volunteers must stay at assigned area until they are officially released by Zoo Staff.


Snacks, water, and hot beverages will be available to volunteers throughout their shift in the volunteer check in area. Volunteers should not eat the treats designated for Night Eyes guests.  We encourage volunteers to bring a refillable water bottle with them to take to their station!

Age Requirements

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Volunteers under 13 will not be allowed to work the event. Please see job assignments for specific age requirements.

Volunteer Confirmation Email

All volunteers will receive a confirmation email the week before the event. 

Volunteer Sign up Information

Please sign up for Night Eyes 2023

  1. Go to the following link to sign up for the date and time you would like to volunteer:
  2. Choose your assignment
  3. Enter your email and information and hit enter!

Questions? Please e-mail

Thank you for volunteering for Night Eyes!


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