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Boo at the Zoo Event Volunteer

  • Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treaters stand with an actor at one of the decorated stations

Boo at the Zoo is back! 

This year’s family-friendly event will feature 30 treat stations around the zoo while enjoying fun vignettes featuring frolicking skeletons and fantastic creatures liven up the Zoo’s main pathway, Olmsted Walk. The Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House, and Reptile Discovery center will be open, and the animals offered spooky enrichment and tasty treats.

Boo at the Zoo raises funds that support essential operations at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

The success of this family-friendly children's trick-or-treating event relies on the generous support of our volunteers.

Please sign up to help with one, two, or three nights at treat stations around the park!

Dates: Friday, October 20th; Saturday, October 21st; Sunday, October 22nd

Time: Volunteer check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts are from 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Volunteer Roles: Volunteers help pass out treats at trick-or-treat stations to guests.

Additional Information:

A meal will be provided. A vegetarian option will be available, but we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Please plan accordingly. We encourage all volunteers to utilize Metro to maximize available parking for paying event guests, however limited parking will be available for volunteers. Additional directions will be provided with confirmation.

This year, volunteers will also be provided with an event t-shirt! Volunteers are encouraged to wear fun hat/headband or accessory.  Masks that are not scary and do not fully cover your face also work. The event shirt can also be worn over a costume.

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Special qualifications: 

Volunteers should be comfortable with a hilly and possibly lengthy walk to their assigned station. Volunteers must be comfortable being outside for the duration of the event. The event is rain or shine.


Staff will be on hand to provide on the job training.


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Please sign up to help with one, two, or three nights!

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