City Zoos With Fun Halloween Events Like Boo At The Zoo
Bring your children to a zoo for Halloween in October fun. Lots of large city zoos have events like “Boo At The Zoo”, Zoo Boo, Spooky Zoo Spectacular, Halloween Nights, and more themed Halloween activities. Large zoos frequently have many families attending during October weekends so expect thousands of people. Find information on a few of the best below.
ZooBoo at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Starts September 26th
Video of last years ZooBoo:
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has run ZooBoo in October for 15 years. The zoo is known for the many fun events it runs all year. ZooBoo is spectacular as seen in the video above. Featured activities are night rides, a gift shop, haunted trails, music, and light shows. The haunted attractions are rated by skulls ranging from one to seven skulls (most scary). If you are in Tampa during October this is a can’t miss event.
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo Hosts Spooky Zoo Spectacular
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the top ten zoos in attendance with more than 3 million visitors a year. They advertise “free and open to all 365 days a year”. The zoo has operated for 143 years and features 183 living species. Their free Halloween event is Spooky Zoo Spectacular which offers a family friendly environment. Dressed in costumes the children can tour the haunted house. Lots of trick or treat activities with music and dancing available. The lion house, African apes, sea lion pool, and more are open for this event. This is a huge event with corporate sponsors such as Crest, USbank, BP, and more.
San Antonio Zoo Hosts Zoo Boo October 30th and 31st, 2014
This is a non-scary Zoo Boo event ideal for children 12 and under. Dress the kids in their favorite action hero or comic character. Sorry zombies not allowed. Activities include trick-or-treating, face painting, costume contest, and live entertainment. Tickets run $5 to $7.
Zoo Boo At The Detroit Zoo Is A Merry-Not-Scary Event
Weekends in October at the Detroit Zoo feature the non-scary Zoo Boo event. This event sells out so purchase your tickets and time in advance. Ticket price is $8 in advance. Attraction includes the half mile trick-or-treat trail, ghostly games, a haunted reptile house, and a zombie zone. They have a Simulator Ride and 4D Theater for an additional price.
Dallas Zoo Hosts Halloween Nights October 24-27, 2014
The largest zoo in Texas is the Dallas Zoo. They host a 4 night Halloween Nights from 5-8 pm. Attractions include a fun house, carnival games, bounce house, candy stations, a pumpkin patch, and lots of live entertainment. Adult and children’s tickets are $10 each.
Visit Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo For Wild Zoo Halloween in October.
The annual Wild Zoo Halloween happens on October 17-19 and 23-26, 2014. This is a merry-not-scary event featuring treat trails, mystery maze, a pumpkin patch, zoo animals, and kid friendly live entertainment with music.
Admission price includes 10 treats for the kids and a free pumpkin. Purchase game tickets, face painting, train pony ride and food in the central zoo area.
Boo At The Zoo Returns To Philadelphia Zoo In 2014
Philadelphia hosts their annual Boo at the Zoo event October 18-19 and 25-26, 2014. Featured activities include a costume parade, a live stage show, trick-or-treat sweets, and hot apple cider. This is a not-so-scary event so wear your appropriate costume. Philadelphia Zoo bags furnished for treating fun. See the animals while exploring during the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt.
More Halloween Events At Your Local Zoo
The Denver Zoo features a Boo After Dark event on October 24th for those who want to trick-or-treat from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. They offer Boo at the Zoo from 10 am to 5 pm on October 25-26, 2014. The Houston Zoo operates Zoo Boo on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the last three weekends in October. The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has Boo at the Zoo on October 24-26, 2014. Nearly 20,000 people attend this 3 day event. The Pittsburgh Zoo has ZooBoo scheduled for October 25-26. The Knoxville Zoo hosts the city’s largest Halloween event call “Boo! at the Zoo”. It runs 12 nights on weekends in October. Enjoy “Halloween ZooBoo” at the Indianapolis Zoo from 2 pm to 7 pm during weekends in October. The Milwaukee Zoo runs Boo at the Zoo on October 17-18 and Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular on October 24-25. The Santa Barbara Zoo features Boo at the Zoo on October 24-26.
Finally it would not be right to mention zoo events without mentioning the “World’s Largest Halloween Party” held at the Louisville Zoo on weekends in October. Over 62,000 people attend this event. This is a merry-not-so-scary party. Meet pirates, princesses, and superheroes throughout the zoo. Visit the Giant Talking Pumpkin and wander the hay maze and glowing pumpkins. Weather permitting many of the late night animals including snow leopards, bongos, rhinos, giraffes, and flamingos are on display. Wear your not scary Halloween costume but do not cover your face with a mask.
Check with your local zoo as these are just a few of the great Halloween zoo events held annually around the country.