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Zoo Boo

October 5-7 • 12-14 • 19-21

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The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” event has been re-imagined to bring even more Halloween excitement to your family! 

Exhilarating live entertainment awaits your costume-clad little ones, including dazzling and daring acrobatics, magic acts, jugglers, story tellers, live music and extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the Haunted Reptile House and visit the ghosts and goblins that have made the Holden Reptile Conservation Center their home for the season. Make friends with other haunted creatures and enjoy the fabulous Halloween displays along the “unlucky” 13-station trick-or-treat trail.


Zoo Boo Trek

Prepare to be amazed by this iconic, “merry-not-scary” experience that is sure to create lasting memories for your family. See what exhilarating live entertainment, treats and tricks are in store!

Launch

Prepare to be amazed by this iconic, “merry-not-scary” experience that is sure to create lasting memories for your family. See what exhilarating live entertainment, treats and tricks are in store!

Launch


Zoo Boo will be held on the evenings of October 5-7, October 12-14 and October 19-21. Friday and Saturday hours are from 5 to 8 p.m.; Sunday hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged!  Walk-up tickets will only be sold between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. on Sundays.

Detroit Zoological Society Members can purchase tickets starting August 23; tickets go on sale to the general public September 6.  Advance tickets start from $10 per person, ages 2 and older. Children younger than 2 are admitted free.  Tickets can be purchased at Window One at the front of the Zoo or online. Pre-sale time slots for Zoo Boo on Fridays and Saturdays are 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for 7:30 p.m. will only be available at the gates, which close for entry at 8 p.m. Pre-sale time slots for Zoo Boo on Sundays are 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m..  Tickets for 6:30 p.m. will only be available at the gates, which close for entry at 7 p.m. Parking is $8 per car for all Zoo Members and guests.  Zoo Boo is a rain-or-shine event; no refunds or exchanges.

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    Dates

    October 5-7, October 12-14 and October 19-21.

    Time Slots

    • Friday and Saturday
      • 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
      • Tickets for 7:30 pm are walk-up only.
    • Sunday
      • 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
      • Tickets for 6:30 p.m. are walk up only.

    Price

    Advance tickets start at $10 per person, ages 2 and older.

    • Children younger than 2 are admitted free.
    • Walk-up tickets are $16 at the gate.

    Entertainment and Activities

    • Top Hat Side Show - thrilling carnival acts
    • Aerialists
    • Musical Acts
    • Storyteller
    • Magician
    • Fortune Teller
    • Extreme Pumpkin Carver – pumpkin carving demonstrations
    • Juggler
    • The Ford Education Center will be closed for Zoo Boo

    Treat Stations

    Thirteen treat stations are located through the front half of the Zoo.

    Allergy Info

    While we do not hand out any candy with peanuts and tree nuts, some items may be made in a facility that processes these products.

    Bags

    Join us on our Green Journey by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag. Bags will not be handed out at the event.

    Layout

    To Arctic Café and back to the front. Enter at Main Admissions and exit through Gate A.  Click here to view the interactive map.

    Animal Habitats

    • The Holden Reptile Conservation Center will be open until 8 p.m.
    • All other animal buildings will be closed.
    • For the health and safety of the animals, most of their habitats are closed after dark.  The best time to view the animals is during daytime hours.

    Parking

    Parking is $8 per car for all Zoo Boo attendees, including Members.

    Refunds

    Zoo Boo is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds will be provided.

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