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Zoo Boo 2013

Zoo Boo 2013 is over. Thank you all for helping to make it a fantastic holiday event! Join us in 2014 for another Zoo Boo.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday mornings
Oct 11, 18, and 25
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!


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!

Membership Special

Sign up for a Zoo membership while you’re here during the nine days of Zoo Boo and receive four free tickets for entry to the Texas Renaissance Festival on Sunday November 17th. Offer good for new memberships and renewals but cannot be combined with coupons, discounts or any other offer. Offer not available for online purchases. This offer valid while supplies last.

Schedule of Activities

NEW FOR 2013: The Candy Cave*
John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
No tricks, just treats! The 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 in the Candy Cave is not edible.

Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch
Sponsored by Fiesta Mart
On the lawn between Elephants and Gerenuk
Zoo Boo will also once again feature the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch. Little ghouls and goblins  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.

Monster Mural
Reflection Pool by the Tropical Bird House
Channel your inner artist and contribute to this monstrous coloring activity!

Monster Mashquerade
Saturdays and Sundays only
Reflection Pool
It’s a Zoo Boo Halloween bash just for kids!
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monster Music - Dance to the “thrilling” music with our children’s DJ.
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Costume Parade – Show off your spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume in our parade!

Tatzoo Parlors
Reflection Pool
Get your Zoo Boo temporary tattoo!

Candy Corner
Sponsored by Fiesta Mart
What’s Halloween without candy? Kids can trick or treat at these animal-themed “Candy Corner” booths throughout the Zoo, so bring your trick or treat bag and your sweet tooth! (Candy available while supplies last)

Festival of Fun
Enjoy a fall-festival experience at the game stations on Werler Lawn.

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

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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Have you ever wanted to howl like a howler monkey? Do you know what howler monkeys eat? Learn this and more at Howlerween at the Wortham World of Primates.

Kids can follow the adventures of Zoe the Zookeeper as she helps wildlife officials in Belize rehabilitate and release howler monkeys rescued from the pet trade. With their Field Researcher’s Guide and logbook, kids will learn what howler monkeys look like, what they sound like, what they eat and how to spot them in the wild.

We will also have some beautiful animal-themed items for sale on Saturdays and Sundays, with all proceeds directly benefitting howler monkey conservation in the wild. Come help us celebrate Howlerween and learn all about howler monkey conservation in Belize!

Rules for Zoo Boo

Zoo Boo is a family-friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for 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 2013 Zoo Boo Sponsors: