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What’s the best way to celebrate Halloween? At the Houston Zoo! Houston’s largest family-friendly Halloween event is back and better than ever!

Zoo Boo 2016

October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day 
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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!

Please note: our Medical Center entrance (West Gate) is only open on Saturdays & Sundays, and will not be open during Friday and Oct. 31 Zoo Boo.

Advanced Tickets

There’s no separate ticket for Zoo Boo; all Zoo Boo activities are included with your paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Boo is FREE for Zoo Members! Membership pays for itself in as little as two visits, and members can visit the Zoo as often as they like throughout the year. Find out more:


Not a Zoo Member? Purchase your Zoo admission tickets now (valid for 90 days) and skip the ticket lines.


2016 Map and Schedule
Preview the Zoo Boo fun!

Zoo Boo Attractions

We’re inviting all little ghouls and goblins to celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the entire family. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags!

Zoo-Boo-orange-icon-7Fiesta 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). Overflowing with pumpkins, this is also the perfect spot for photographs!

Zoo-Boo-orange-icon-72Candy Corners
Sponsored by Fiesta Mart

What’s Halloween without candy? Candy Corner stations are located around the Zoo, so bring your trick-or-treat bag and your sweet tooth! (Candy available while supplies last).

Zoo-Boo-orange-icon-73Monster Mural
Channel your inner artist and contribute to this monstrous coloring activity!

Zoo-Boo-orange-icon-74Tatzoo Parlor
Get your Zoo Boo temporary tattoo!

Not-So-Creepy Creature Maze

Bats have a bad reputation for being frightening creatures, but in reality they are mostly harmless and essential to the ecosystem. Make your way through the maze and learn how these seemingly scary animals aren’t so scary after all.

Zoo-Boo-orange-icon-76Festival of Fun
Enjoy a fall-festival experience with merry-not-scary carnival-style games.

Mystery Boxes

Are you brave enough to feel what’s inside? Learn interesting animal facts as you guess what’s inside the mystery box!

Zoe the Zookeeper’s Howlerween Adventure

Kids can follow the adventures of Zoe the Zookeeper as she helps wildlife officials rescue, rehabilitate and release howler monkeys, sea turtles, Attwater’s prairie chickens and Houston toads back into the wild. With their Field Researcher’s Guide and logbook, kids will learn what howler monkeys eat, what belongs in the ocean for a healthy sea turtle habitat, where the best places are for Attwater’s prairie chickens to live and how to count Houston toads to make sure they are doing well in the wild. Kids will earn a special howler monkey-themed Conservation Hero button for helping Zoe!

See More About Howlerween on the Zoo Blog

This activity includes a merchandise table with goodies for sale, such as pet rocks, animal paintings, face painting, magnets, and conservation bracelets. The table is open Saturdays and Sundays during Zoo Boo from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays Only

Living Pumpkin Patch

Stop by and say “hi” to our living pumpkin family, and hear them say “hi” back!

10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Monster Mashquerade

It’s a Zoo Boo Halloween bash just for kids!

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monster Music
  • 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Costume Parade – show off your spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume!
  • 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Learn the Thriller dance moves with the Aldine Dance Company

More Photos from Zoo Boo

During Zoo Boo, we are proud to offer candy made with sustainable (zero-deforestation) palm oil that doesn’t harm wildlife or their habitat. Learn more about sustainable palm oil and how you can help save animals in the wild during this Halloween season.


Rules for Zoo Boo

Zoo Boo is a family-friendly event, and all costumes must be appropriate for ghouls of all ages.

Adults are welcome to come in costume, but 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:

  • Toy 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 or at home.

Special Thanks to our 2016 Zoo Boo Sponsors