Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Chocolate NA

October 21 – 23, 2016: 5:30 – 8:30PM


Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 9, 2016 for Members and at 10 a.m. on September 16, 2016 for Non-Members.

With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family.

Ghouls and ghosts of all ages will enjoy the eerie entertainment stage with a DJ spinning Halloween hits along with magicians and jugglers, and be sure to try your luck in the spooktacular scarecrow field!

Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Other treats include all the chocolate you could desire with Twix, Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, Three Musketeers, and healthy options from Benito's Chips and Honest Tea.

Event Highlights

Superheroes, Zombies, and Princesses will all enjoy:

  • A commemorative Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bag
  • 40+ treat stations
  • Live entertainment
  • After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, including:
    • Small Mammal House
    • Great Ape House
    • Reptile Discovery Center
    • Think Tank
    • Great Cats Circle
    • Elephant Community Center
    • Kids Farm
    • Bird House
    • Asia Trail (David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be closed)
  • Animal experiences and Zoo education stations
  • Rides on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel (additional charge)

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 9, 2016 for Members and at 10 a.m. on September 16, 2016 for Non-Members.

Boo at the Zoo is appropriate for children ages 4 to 12. All guests ages 2 and older, including adults, must purchase a ticket.

General Admission Tickets

  • $20 for Members
  • $30 for Non-members

Tickets include a commemorative Boo at the Zoo treat bag, over 40 treat stations, live entertainment, after-hours access to animal houses, animal experiences, and Zoo education stations.

Day of Pricing

Ticket prices will increase the day of the event. Please see day of ticket prices below.

  • $25 General Admission for Members
  • $35 General Admission for Non-members

Zoo parking is limited, and typically sells out. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase their parking pass ahead of time. If available, parking passes will be sold the night of the event, but in the interest of planning ahead we encourage pre-purchasing.


Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles. Please note, only guests with a parking pass will be permitted to enter the Zoo gates with their vehicle.

Parking Rates

  • $12 for Members
  • $22 for Non-Members

Night of Rates

  • $15 for Members
  • $25 for Non-Members


The Zoo is accessible via the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo or Cleveland Park metro station. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.

Big Bus Tours

On Saturday, October 22, Big Bus Tours will provide rides between the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station and the Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for the red double-decker buses that will be running a continuous loop from the Metro to the Zoo throughout the evening.

Please Note: Beach Drive will be closed as part of the National Park Service's Beach Drive rehabilitation project. Those driving to the event are encouraged to avoid Rock Creek Parkway when traveling to the Zoo. Additionally information can be found on the NPS Website.

Calling all spooky artists and devilish decorators! FONZ is hosting its annual pumpkin decorating competition! The winner in each category will receive a family four-pack of Boo at the Zoo tickets and one parking pass. All entries will be displayed in our moonlit pumpkin patch during Boo at the Zoo!

Register for the pumpkin decorating competition by October 14.

Eventbrite - 2016 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

In the interest of safety, the following items are prohibited:

  • Fully covered adult face masks
  • Balloons
  • Weapons, and weapon-like items (hatchets, swords, baseball bats, etc.)

Food will be available to purchase at Zoo restaurants throughout the event. Adults may purchase adult beverages from any of the open food stations, as well as the kiosks across from the Small Mammal House.

Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.

Boo at the Zoo is held rain or shine.

Ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets will be accepted only on the date for which they are purchased.

Contact Information

For questions or more information about the event, please email FONZ Events. Tickets for press must be approved in advance. Press passes are limited. Media will not receive entry without prior approval. Contact Courtney Smith to request a press pass.


Lead sponsor

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

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