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Special thanks to the Savers Family of Thrift Superstores (Unique and Value Village) for providing decorative items for our Boo at the Zoo vignettes.

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Save the Date: October 23 – 25, 2015.

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Boo at the Zoo
October 24 - 26, 2014
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With nearly 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!

Ticket Information

All guests two years old and older, adults included, must purchase a ticket. 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 Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, Starburst, Skiddles and more goodies. Whole Foods Market® will provide delicious apples. Other treats include Newman’s Own popcorn, Beanitos chips, Cabot Creamery cheese, Charles Products glow lollipops, Goetze’s Cow Tales, Herr Foods chips, Snyder's-Lance pretzels, Utz pretzels, and KIND snack bars.

Parking and Transportation

DRIVING? Only the Connecticut Avenue gates will be open for vehicles. Due to the construction taking place on North Road, traffic will be flowing one-way, DOWNHILL only, until 7:30pm. Parking lots will be systematically filled, so you may not be able to park in the lot of your choice. After 7:30pm traffic will reverse in direction. We will be directing all vehicles parked in A, B and C Lots out the Connecticut Avenue exit. All vehicles in Lots D & E must exit via Harvard Street or Beach Drive. We appreciate your support as we work to provide you with a seamless parking experience.

WALKING? Two pedestrian entrances will be open. Those entrances are at Connecticut Ave at the top of the Zoo and at Harvard Street Bridge at the bottom of the Zoo.

TAKING METRO? You can catch a ride from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro Station (red line) courtesy of the Zoo shuttle and on Saturday night a double decker bus shuttle provided by Big Bus Tours. The shuttle will run continual loops throughout the night from the metro to the Bus Lot.

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 two years old and older, adults included, must 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?

Enjoy 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 Zoo’s Food Truck, located in the Bus Lot, the Taco Cart (near Panda Grill) and the Mane Grill (across from Lion-Tiger Hill). Saturday and Sunday only the Mane Grill will be open. Our adult trick-or-treaters can purchase adult beverages from any of the open food stations as well as a kiosk across from our Small Mammal House entrance.

Will the Carousel be open?

Yes, it will be running each evening and tickets are $3 per ride.

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?

Nearly 40 treat stations will be located throughout the Zoo.

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