Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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October 24 - 26, 2014
5:30-8:30 PM

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

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Up to six tickets are available for each member at the member rate.

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Ticket Information


$20 FONZ members
$30 nonmembers


Passes for Saturday are SOLD OUT
$5 FONZ members
$10 nonmembers

Up to six tickets are available for each member at the member rate.

Join FONZ to take advantage of discounted tickets and advance sale tickets.


Mars, Incorporated is a major sponsor of Boo at the Zoo and will provide all of our chocolate goodies. Whole Food Market ® will provide delicious apples. Many more treats to come!

Parking and Transportation

FONZ encourages you to take public transportation. The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is between the Red Line's Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops. Limited parking available for a fee and needs to be purchased with event tickets.

Sponsor This Event

Companies interested in sponsoring the event will receive valuable benefits ranging from logo ID on event and advertising materials to an onsite tented space and complimentary tickets. For more information, call 202.633.3026 or email Jackie Vinick or Pam Bucklinger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be animals at the event?

Yes, some of our animals may be sleeping, but most of the animal exhibits will be open including: Bird House, Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House, Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Great Cats and Kids' Farm. Unfortunately, due to the time of day our pandas are already resting for the evening and the house will not be open.

What age range is appropriate for this event?

The best suggested age ranges for child attendees is 4 – 12.

Who needs to purchase a ticket?

All guests over the age of 2, adults included need to purchase a ticket.

What time should I arrive?

The entire zoo will be closed to the public and Boo at the Zoo guests by 4pm on each night of Boo at the Zoo so we can make final preparations and treat deliveries to each station safely. Each of the registration points will start allowing ticket holders into the zoo at 5:30pm promptly.

If I am driving to the zoo – where can I enter?

Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles. The entrances from Rock Creek Parkway and Harvard Street will be CLOSED. Please note, only guests with a parking pass will be permitted to enter the Zoo with their vehicle.

Is there a charge for parking?

Limited parking available for a fee and needs to be purchased with event tickets.

I’m taking metro, but that is a long walk, is there a shuttle?

Eenjoy a complimentary shuttle ride from the Woodley Park metro station to the Zoo on Saturday night, generously provided by Big Bus Tours. Look for the red double decker buses that will be running every 20 minutes.

If I chose to walk – where can I enter?

The Connecticut Avenue and Harvard Street entrance will be open. However, the Harvard Street Bridge is open to pedestrians ONLY.

Are concessions available?

Meals will be available for purchase on Friday at the Mane Grill (across from Lion-Tiger Hill) and Panda Grill (near the bus stop). Saturday and Sunday evening ONLY the Mane Grill will be open. All three nights our adult trick-or-treaters can stop across the walkway from our Small Mammal House entrance where adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Fun light-up products will be on sale which will be available at Panda Market and near the Great Cats Gift Shop.

Will the Carousel be open?

Yes, it will be running for a $3 charge per rider.

Can I receive a refund?

No, ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets will be accepted only on the date for which they were purchased. For example, Friday night tickets will not be valid on Saturday night.

Where is the event located in the Zoo?

More than 40 treat stations will be located throughout the Zoo.

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