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Zoo Boo 2022

We’re inviting all little ghouls and goblins to celebrate fall festivities at the Houston Zoo for our month-long Zoo Boo presented by LyondellBasell!

October 1-31, 2022

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Zoo Boo Details

Celebrate fall festivities at the Zoo during Zoo Boo presented by LyondellBasell. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and guests will have plenty of favorites to experience, including visiting our Giant Pumpkin presented by LyondellBasell and the Carved Pumpkins sponsored by Frost Bank. Don’t miss our Pumpkin Lantern Tunnel between the lions and tiger exhibits, our spooktacular Scary-Go-Round sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, photo ops all over the Zoo, and much more!

Zoo Boo Dates: October 1-31
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last entry at 4:00 p.m.



  • Glowing lights in the Bug House during the day and during Zoo Boo After Hours
  • Spooky themed lights in African Forest
  • An interactive dance floor inside the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo during Zoo Boo After Hours


Zoo Boo After Hours

Every Friday night in October, we’re extending our hours until 8:30 p.m. to give guests the opportunity to experience Zoo Boo after hours. As the sun goes down, Zoo Boo begins to glow. This event is included with general admission and is FREE for members. Last entry at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming dates and animal highlights: 

  • October 7 – Great Ape Gallery (chimps and gorillas)
  • October 14 – Reptile & Amphibian House
  • October 21 – South America’s Pantanal
  • October 28 – Big Cats

Additional activities include a live ice carving at 7:00 p.m. and a dance party at our John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo.


Can we come dressed in costume?

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 be family-friendly and we must be able to see your eyes.

No heavy makeup or face paint for adults. The Houston Zoo reserves the right to deny entry in the event of an inappropriate costume.

What items are prohibited at Zoo Boo?

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 and costumes
  • Heavy makeup or face paint for adults (Including masks covering the entire face. Eyes must be visible.)

The Houston Zoo is unable to store items for guests during their visit.

Can I store personal items at the Zoo while I visit?

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.

As a Zoo member, can I purchase additional discounted tickets not covered by my membership?

Yes, members receive discounted admission for extra guests not covered by their membership. Prices for these discounted tickets will adjust along with Flex Pricing when members log in to the Member Portal.

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