Boo at the Zoo

October 23 – 25, 2015: 5:30 – 8:30PM


Join us October 23, 24, & 25 for Washington DC's favorite not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, Boo at the Zoo.

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

New this year will be an entertainment stage with a DJ spinning Halloween favorites, musicians, and jugglers. Also, don't miss a themed hay maze and scarecrow field.

Ticket Information

Members: $20 (beginning September 1)
Non-members: $30 (beginning September 15)

All guests two years old and older, adults included, must purchase a ticket.

FONZ members may purchase up to six tickets at the member price.

Join FONZ now to receive a great discount.

Mars, Incorporated is a major sponsor of Boo at the Zoo and will provide Snickers, Milky Ways, M&Ms, Starbursts, Skittles and more goodies. Whole Foods Market® will provide delicious apples. Other treats include Newman's Own popcorn, Goetze's Cow Tales, Herr potato chips, Utz pretzels, and many more!

New this year, look for five special treat stops that are dedicated education stations. They will cover fun facts about animals, from tip to tail.

Sloth Bears

Get the scoop! See how sloth bears use their paws like scoops to find their favorite treats—ants and termites.

Asia Trail/Giant Panda

Use your senses to learn how animals solve problems and adapt to their environments.

Cheetah Conservation Station

Animal bodies are built to survive. Look at skulls, pelts, and bones to learn about different animal adaptations.

American Trail

Come learn about the creatures of the night—bats, owls, frogs, and insects! These animals and more are active while we sleep.


Fun and games! See if you can match the poop to the animal that produced it. It's a game changer.


Only the Connecticut Avenue gates will be open for vehicles.

Event parking rates:
FONZ Members: $10
Non-members: $20


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) on all three nights on 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.

Can I see 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.

Event parking rates:
FONZ Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Is there a shuttle from the Metro

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

If I am walking, where can I enter?

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

Will food be available?

Meals will be available for purchase at Zoo restaurants throughout the event site. 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 operating?

Yes, the carousel will be running. Rides cost $3 and tickets can be purchased at the carousel.

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.


Thank you to our generous sponsors

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