While other kids were watching cartoons, my father and I would spend hours getting a deep dive into the world of sharks…or earthquakes. And when we weren’t watching National Geographic or PBS, we were at our local zoo, seeing some of the most unique and endangered species in the world. This Fall, the L.A. Zoo welcomes families to celebrate Fall and Halloween at Boo at the Zoo.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Boo at the L.A. Zoo is a free with paid admission weekend event featuring the zoo’s creepiest residents. Families can dress up and enjoy animal encounters and pumpkin feedings, interactive shows, a festive pumpkin patch with a hay maze, spooky crafts and fall photo opps. Here is what you can expect at this year’s Boo at the L.A. Zoo.
Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats
Watch as the zoo’s animal residents enjoy pumpkins, fresh meat, and bones!
The L.A. Zoo is all decked out for Halloween! Enjoy a mystery maze, festive games, a mini pumpkin patch, and frightfully-fun photo ops.
- Spooky Stroll: Enter at your own risk and discover Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch, frightfully Boo-tiful photo ops, and more. Visit the Endangered Animal Graveyard to honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.
- Mystery Maze: Make your way through this cool hay-bale labyrinth and try to avoid the “dead” ends.
- Boo Bird Show: Observe the fascinating behaviors of some of nature’s most mysterious and misunderstood flying fauna – owls and vultures – at a special Halloween edition of the zoo’s popular World of Birds Show at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday.
- Animals & Boo: Get up close to creepy critters (you may even get to touch them!) Showtimes are at 10: 45, 11:45 a.m., with an additional show at 12:45 p.m. on weekend days.
- The LAIR: Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards, all designed to induce goose bumps! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour: Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.
Get a sneak peak of the Spooktacular Science Show, Monster Menagerie Puppet Show, and the spooky World of Birds Show.
- Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie Puppet Show: Help a lonely mad scientist create the ultimate trick-or-treating buddy by combining animal “superpowers.” Performances take place in the Adventure Theater at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- “Spooktacular Science” Show: Discover bubbling potions, a hovercraft-powered ghost, and more fun surprises in a mad scientist’s bustling lab. Performances take place in the Adventure Theater at 3 p.m.
- Green-Screen Photo Booth: Snap a photo of yourself with some of the zoo’s most Halloween-y critters.
- Creature Craft: Bring a toilet paper roll from home to create your own cute-and-creepy bat. (Toilet paper roll suggested, not required, for participation.)
- Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats: Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats. You can view the animal feeding schedule here, details subject to change. Warning: Includes carcass feedings; parental discretion is advised.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo VIP Experiences
Upgrade your experience at Boo at the L.A. Zoo with three VIP experiences including free trick-or-treating October 19, 20, 26, and 27 and a “Boo” Creature Camp Out.
- Trick-or-Treating: Families will find treat stations throughout the Zoo, with candy, treats and bags courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. Available while supplies last. This experience is free with admission and costumes are encouraged.
- “Boo” Creature Camp Out: This spine-tingling overnight adventure includes Griffith Park ghost stories, meals, themed activities, and animal fun; plus Sunday daytime admission to the Zoo, so families can enjoy trick-or-treating on October 27th. Additional fee and advance registration required. Space is limited. Click here to buy tickets. Oct 26 – 27 – Griffith Park ghost stories, meals, themed activities, and animal fun plus Sunday daytime admission to the Zoo, so you can enjoy trick-or-treating on October 27!
- Boo at the L.A. Zoo Upper-Level Members Preview: Zoo members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences. To RSVP for this exclusive morning event or upgrade your support in order to attend, please phone 323-644-4770. Takes place Oct 26 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Boo at the L.A. Zoo Tickets and Information
“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” is free with paid admission and runs weekends-only in October. Admission to the L.A. Zoo is $22 for adults (13-61), $19 for seniors (62+), and $17 for children (2-12). The zoo is open from 10 am to 4 pm and is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90027. For additional information, visit LAZoo.org.