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Zoo Boo 2018

October 12, 19 & 26
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Zoovie Night
This year’s Halloween Zoovie Night will be held on Saturday, October 27. Check back for more details!

Want to attend Zoo Boo without the crowds? Join us for Zoo Boo on Friday mornings! Visit the Houston Zoo between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for your favorite Zoo Boo activities, including the Whataburger 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 for Friday Zoo Boo.

Special Zoo Boo Member Morning
Hey Zoo Members! You can enjoy an extra hour of Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 20. The Houston Zoo will open at 8 a.m. so Members can get an early start on your favorite Zoo Boo activities, including the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch, the Monster Mural, and, course, candy!

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.


Check back for our 2018 map to 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-7Whataburger Pumpkin Patch
Sponsored by Whataburger

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 MetroPCS

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-74Spooky Stamps Station
Get your Zoo Boo stamp of a cool witch hat or a floating ghost to complete your costume.

Not-So-Creepy Creature Maze

Some animals 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 back into the wild. Kids will learn what howler monkeys eat, what belongs in the Belizean jungle for a healthy habitat and more. Kids will earn a special howler monkey-themed Conservation Hero button for helping Zoe!

Read More About Howlerween

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 2018 Zoo Boo Sponsor