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Zoo Boo

Select dates through Oct. | 2-6 p.m.

  • Member tickets on sale August 16
  • Tickets on sale August 19

Join us as we open all 125 acres of the Detroit Zoo for Zoo Boo! This annual “merry-not-scary” family event is now bigger and better than ever with more animals and habitats to see, more rides and attractions to enjoy and earlier hours!

Family-friendly crowd favorites from past Zoo Boo events will return, including dazzling and daring aerialists, mesmerizing mimes, superhero reenactments, a joking juggler and height-defying stilt-walkers. Take a trip through the never-ending corn maze, check out the pumpkin smasher and make friends with haunted creatures while enjoying the fabulous pumpkin displays. A festively decorated treat trail, photo opportunities and educational activities will be located throughout the Zoo, ensuring your entire experience is filled with merry memories for adults and kids alike.

New this year! The entire Zoo will be open until dark, allowing you to visit your favorite animals throughout. You will also have the option to purchase tickets to a 15-minute version of “The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center, or purchase tickets to take a ride on the Tauber Family Railroad!

Zoo Boo will be held on the afternoons of October 11-13, October 18-20 and October 25-27. These Friday, Saturday and Sunday events will run from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with last entry at 6:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged! Walk-up tickets will only be sold between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Advance tickets start at $10 per person for 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 are 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets for 5:30 p.m. will only be available as walk-up tickets, which close for entry at 6:30 p.m.  Guests entering after 5:30 p.m. will pay a lower ticket price and receive access to the traditional Zoo Boo trail only, as timing will not allow for these guests to visit the entire Zoo. Parking is $8 per car for all Zoo Members and guests.  Zoo Boo is a rain-or-shine event; no refunds or exchanges.

Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween from Beaumont Children’s

Whether preparing costumes, decorating the house or trick-or-treating, Halloween fun also requires attention to safety.

  • Costumes: Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes, and use face paint instead of a mask, which can limit visibility.
  • Pumpkin Carving: Take your time and allow yourself enough space to carve safely.
  • Trick-or-Treating: Stick to well-lit areas and walk in groups.

Learn more about having a fun and safe holiday with tips from Beaumont Children’s experts at beaumont.org/zooboo.

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  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


    October 11-13 • 18-20 • 25-27


    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.

    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.


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

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


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

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