Boo at the Zoo

October 20, 21, 27 and 28

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s that time of year when Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns! Sample treats throughout the Zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures of the whimsical Zoo Boo Town on four magical days with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume!

Even the animals join the fun during Boo at the Zoo! Find out when your favorite Zoo animals are getting Halloween surprises – all animal activities will be listed on the back of the daily map.


Monster Mash Disco Sponsored by Metro PCS
Boogie down with Little Beat – a live party DJ under at the Ford Pavilion.

Kids’ Crafts – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Pop by Ford Pavilion to make a fun, Halloween-themed craft.

Carnival Games – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., KIDZone Train Depot.
Try your luck with fun Halloween themed carnival games on Grand Patio.

Costume Parade – 1:30 pm daily
Show off your costume during the Boo Town Costume Parade at 1:30 pm daily – meet on Grand Patio to join the parade! Open to all ages!

Candy Thief Patrol* – 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Help us catch the Candy Thief while riding along on the Boo train! *Purchase of train tickets required

Pumpkin Carving – 10/27 & 10/28 
Watch pumpkins come to life through the expert carving skills of artist Lundy Cupp

Strolling Characters – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Keep an eye out for special characters roaming the main path. Perfect for a photo op.

Special happenings in Zoo Boo Town

  • Return of the 501st Georgia Garrison! Atlanta’s favorite Stormtroopers and Star Wars characters will be joining us this year for Boo at the Zoo weekends.
  • Saturday, 10/20: Ahoy! Meet a real-life pirate from the Atlanta Pirates Guild.
  • Sundays, 10/21 & 10/28: Hang out with superheroes, princesses and other favorites from Cosplay Volunteers of Atlanta.

Activities & Entertainment will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Know Before You Go

Boo at the Zoo is designed to create special memories for your family, not necessarily to bring home the biggest haul of candy. Kids can expect to visit about a dozen treat stations, collecting one piece of candy at each. Please note, trick-or-treating is intended for children only and will be available while supplies last.

Beat the Crowds
The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 9:30 p.m.

Plan for the Weather
Boo at the Zoo is rain-or-shine. In the event of rain, some activities may be delayed or cancelled.

The Scare Factor
Boo at the Zoo décor includes mostly friendly spooks!

Adult Costumes – Be Merry not Scary!
Adults are welcome to dress for the occasion. However, we do not permit adults to wear masks, clown outfits or scary costumes. All other costumes are up to Zoo security’s discretion.


Cell phone recycling

Support gorilla conservation by recycling your old cell phones during Boo at the Zoo, and the gorillas will thank you with an extra treat! Drop phones off at the designated treat booth near the Ford Willie B. Gorilla Conservation Center. Learn more about how our cell phone recycling program helps gorillas.

Treats are while supplies last!

Boo at the Zoo is FREE for Zoo Members and children under 3; FREE with general admission.


Leaves of Gratitude

Leaves of Gratitude is an annual time to thank and celebrate companies who help save wildlife and their habitats by using only sustainable palm oil in their products. Join us on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Complex Carnivores to find out more about the connection between palm oil and endangered species, and learn why sustainable shopping is so important.



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