Happy Hollow closes it’s gates to the kids and comes alive next month for a night of drinks, animals and fundraising, as the 6th annual Hoot and Howl brings all the fun of a carnival combined with the popular zoo.

Heather Lerner, executive director of Happy Hollow, calls the event “a party with a purpose.” Proceeds will benefit the Happy Hollow Foundation, which keeps the park and all its furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants in their homes. Lerner attributes the success of the event to its childlike nature.

“I think it’s because everybody loves the park,” she said. “It’s like a childhood memory with all your friends hanging out and getting to make new friends on the playground.”

Drinks will be a highlight of the night with numerous bars and endless choices of specialty drinks, from wine and cocktails to beers. Yuki Sushi’s legendary sake bar will be once again dish out a variety of high-quality rice wines. In addition, unlimited food for the event will be provided by Straw S.F., a San Francisco based company that turns iconic treats from carnivals into new creations. The menu for the night includes options like donut cheeseburgers, Straw’s signature jambalaya and plenty of fun carnival treats like whoopie pies, cotton candy and shaved ice.

Happy Hollow will, of course, have some of its animals out and about the park for attendees to pet and enjoy. The kangaroo court will feature a picnic area where guests can get up close and personal with ’roos. There will also be photo opportunities with an assortment of characters like Spike the alligator, Justin Beaver and Julius Squeezer the friendly 12-foot python.

Past animals at Hoot and Howl include skunks, bald eagles, a porcupine and a poisonous slow loris who goes by the name Mr. Lee. Other attractions will include the Pacific Fruit Express roller coaster, stage shows and a tiki lounge complete with an 18-foot tall tiki bar. New to the event this year is Linda Lee’s Sugar Shack, a dessert lounge that will be serving an adult twist on snow cones along with other sweet treats.

A photo booth will also be available for pictures to commemorate the exciting night and renowned artist DJ John Beaver will return for this year’s celebration, playing an upbeat mix of EDM and popular hits on the dance floor.

The event has seen impressive amounts of growth over the last couple years, and there are only 150 tickets left for this year.