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.
With treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. An entertainment stage will feature magicians, jugglers, and a DJ spinning Halloween favorites. Don't miss a themed scarecrow field.
Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Treats are generously provided by our lead sponsor, Mars Chocolate NA, including all of your favorites—Twix, Snickers, Milky Way, M&Ms, Three Musketeers, and Starburst! Treats also provided by Bare Snacks, Beanitos, Capital Eagle, Inc., Charles Products, Dippin' Dots, The Emporiyum, Goetze's Candy Company, GoGo squeeZ, Herr Foods, Inc., Honest Kids by Honest Tea, J&J Snack Foods, Jack & Jill, Ledo Pizza, Newman’s Own, Peeps and Company, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Refreshments Plus, Ruby Rockets, Sensible Portions, and Utz Quality Foods. Plus, meet 20th Century Fox’s TROLLS and the GEICO Gecko costumed character!
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)
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.
At the Gate Sales
Ticket prices will increase at the gate of the event. Please see at the gate 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.
- $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
All three nights, 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. Additional 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.
In the interest of safety, the following items are prohibited:
- Fully covered adult face masks
- 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.