Boo at the Zoo

October 21, 22, 28 and 29

It’s time for Boo at the Zoo!

Wake the Komodo dragon, gila monster and hooded vultures! Boo at the Zoo is FREE for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; FREE with general admission.


9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Zoo Atlanta’s Boo at the Zoo is Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival! During the last two weekends of October from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy trick or treating, plenty of photo opportunities, themed entertainment and activities, costumed characters, and so much more. Costumes are welcome.

Boo at the Zoo is about creating special memories with the family, not necessarily to bring home the biggest haul of candy. Come for the candy but stay for the fun! This event is rain-or-shine; however, some activities may be delayed or canceled due to rain

Zoo Atlanta Members do not require a timed reservation for Boo at the Zoo.


Sample activities and entertainment based on the 2023 Boo at the Zoo event:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Kids’ Trick or Treat Lane: Visit booths along Trick or Treat Lane for some scary good treats! Kids can expect to visit about a dozen treat stations, collecting one piece of candy at each while supplies last. Note to grown-ups: trick-or-treating is complimentary and designed for the kids.
  • Kids’ Craft: Get into the spirit with a fun, Halloween-themed craft while supplies last.
  • Carnival Games: Try your luck for a petrifying prize at our carnival games.
  • DJ Matt will be spinning spooky tunes at the Zambezi Elephant Center. Get ready to Monster Mash!

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • “The Missing Mayor” Train Ride: Take a train ride with us through Christmasville and Valentown to look for Boo Town’s missing Mayor! Purchase of a Rides ticket required. at the Norfolk Southern Train Depot in KIDZone. 
  • Strolling Characters: You’ll never know who you’ll run into! Keep an eye out for special characters roaming around the Zoo. Perfect for a photo-op!

The Scare Factor

Boo at the Zoo is merry, not scary!

  • Decorations: Boo at the Zoo décor includes mostly friendly spooks!
  • Costume Guidelines: While we encourage creativity, we also value safety, good judgment, and animal welfare. Please take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations:
    • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent.
    • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
    • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
    • No large, full-body inflatable costumes as they may unintentionally spook our animals.
    • Be merry, not scary! Adults may dress in costumes, but we ask that they be family-friendly and not scary.
    • Please no gore or clowns.
    • As this event caters to small children, adults may NOT wear costume masks that cover the face. Zoo Atlanta reserves the right to ask adults to remove costume masks.

Thank you to our 2023 Event Sponsors:

Presented by

Georgia Natural Gas logo

Supported by

coca cola logo          Kaiser Permanente logo            PNC logo

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.

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