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Zoo Boo 2014

Saturdays and Sundays
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Oct 10, 17 & 24
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Houston’s largest family-friendly Halloween event is back and better than ever!

Want to attend Zoo Boo without the crowds?
Join us for Zoo Boo on Fridays! Visit the Houston Zoo between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for your favorite Zoo Boo activities, including the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch, the Monster Mural, and, of course, candy!


We’re inviting all little ghouls and goblins to celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the whole family. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume! They’ll love to show off their costume in our Costume Parade as well as our NEW Costume Contest and dance to the “thrilling” music with our children’s DJ.

Zoo Boo will also once again feature the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch. Kids can pick out their very own child-sized pumpkin (while supplies last) and paint it into a Halloween jack-o-lantern! Overflowing with pumpkins, this is also the perfect spot for photographs.

And what’s Halloween without candy? We’ll have “Candy Corner” booths sponsored by Fiesta Mart throughout the Zoo, so bring your trick or treat bag and your sweet tooth! (Candy available while supplies last).

All this PLUS Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks, the Candy Cave, Tatzoo Parlor, and more! Back by popular demand don’t forget to stop by Duck Lake and follow Zoe the Zookeeper on her Howlerween Adventure or test your bravery by reaching in our Mystery Boxes in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo!

Schedule of Activities

Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch
Sponsored by Fiesta Mart
Little ghouls and goblins can pick a “child-sized” pumpkin to paint into a Halloween jack-o-lantern. (Pumpkins available while supplies last).

Festival of Fun
Enjoy a fall-festival experience with a giant jack-o-lantern bounce house and carnival-style games on Werler Lawn.

Candy Corner
Sponsored by Fiesta Mart
Kids can trick or treat at these animal-themed stations.

Monster Mural
Channel your inner artist and contribute to this monstrous coloring activity!

Living Pumpkin Patch and Strolling Ghost
Saturdays and Sundays only
Stop by and say “hi” to our pumpkin family and friendly ghost, and hear them say “hi” back!

  • 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Pumpkin Patch
  • 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – Strolling Ghost

Monster Mashquerade
Saturdays and Sundays only
It’s a Zoo Boo Halloween bash just for kids!

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monster Music
  • 1:00 p.m. – Costume Contest – NEW in 2014 – Children ages 12 and under can enter the costume contest for a chance to win a special Zoo prize!
  • 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Costume Parade – show off your spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume at the Reflection Pool!

Tatzoo Parlor
Get your Zoo Boo temporary tattoo!

Zoo Boo Mystery Boxes
Are you brave enough to feel what’s inside? Learn interesting animal facts as you try and guess what’s in the mystery box!

The Candy Cave*
No tricks, just treats! The Houston Zoo’s bat cave is overflowing with larger-than-life candy! Feast your eyes on peppermints, candies, and lollipops bigger than your head! This is a Halloween treat you won’t want to miss.
*candy not edible

Zoe the Zookeeper’s Howlerween Adventure
Zoe the Zookeeper needs your help to reintroduce endangered animals back into the wild. By land and sea! Help Zoe release sea turtles, Attwater’s prairie chickens, howler monkeys and Houston toads back to their natural habitat. Join us at Duck Lake to learn all about how YOU can help these wonderful animals in the wild!

Advanced Tickets

All Zoo Boo activities are included with your paid Zoo admission.
Zoo Boo is FREE for Zoo Members!


Not a Zoo member? Purchase your General Admission ticket now (valid for 90 days) and skip the ticket lines.

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Rules for Zoo Boo

All adults participating in Zoo Boo festivities please remember that Zoo Boo is a family-friendly event and all costumes must be appropriate for ghouls of all ages. Adults must leave their face clearly visible at all times – adults in heavy makeup or masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.

Restricted items include but are not limited to:

  • Weapons of any kind (swords, knives, galactic blasters, etc.)
  • Fireworks of any kind
  • Excessively gory or non-family friendly props or items
  • Inflatable objects

The Houston Zoo cannot hold any items for guests at the Guest Relations Office. Please leave all unsecured or restricted items in your personal vehicle for the duration of your visit.

Special Thanks to our 2014 Zoo Boo Sponsors:










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