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 2015
October 16, 23, & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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 Attractions
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). Overflowing with pumpkins, this is also the perfect spot for photographs!
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).
Channel your inner artist and contribute to this monstrous coloring activity!
Get your Zoo Boo temporary tattoo!
The Candy Cave*
No tricks, just treats! The John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo bat cave is overflowing with larger-than-life candy and a teddy bear with a sweet tooth. Feast your eyes on peppermints, candies, and lollipops bigger than your head!
*candy not edible
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.
Zoe the Zookeeper’s Howlerween Adventure
Help Zoe the Zookeeper release sea turtles, Attwater’s prairie chickens, howler monkeys and Houston toads back to their natural habitat. Learn all about how YOU can help these wonderful animals in the wild!
Find Out More About Howlerween
Are you brave enough to feel what’s inside? Learn interesting animal facts as you guess what’s inside the mystery box!
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.
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
Preview the Zoo Boo fun!
Or view it on your phone as a handy reference while you’re here.
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!
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.
Zoo Boo Photos
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 2015 Zoo Boo Sponsors