Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo Kicks Off Oct. 7

Annual merry-not-scary event returns for three weekends this October

October 2, 2023

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Get ready for a bewitching experience at the Detroit Zoo this October!

Zoo Boo, the Detroit Zoo’s beloved annual Halloween extravaganza presented by Corewell Health, is back for three enchanting weekends, promising “merry-not-scary” fun for guests of all ages. Zoo Boo will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 20-22. Please note that the Zoo will close at 1 p.m. on these days to prepare for the enchantment.

The return of themed weekends will transform Zoo Boo into a magical wonderland. Zoo staff will adorn the park according to a different theme each weekend — honoring your favorite pastimes, celebrating legendary monsters and representing your favorite movie or book genres. While all costumes are welcome, we invite our guests to immerse themselves in the magic by dressing up to match the weekend’s theme.


Here are the spellbinding themes:

  • Nerd out in Nature — Oct. 7-8

We are kicking off Zoo Boo by celebrating whatever makes us nerd out! Whether it’s your favorite television show, boardgame or hobby, show us what brings you joy.


  • Monster Mash — Oct. 14-15

This weekend is for legendary movie monsters! Walk like Frankenstein, howl like the Wolf Man or bring your own favorite monster to life on your trip to the Zoo.


  • Movies, Books and Make Believe — Oct. 20-22

Embody your favorite action hero, dress the part for your go-to romantic comedy or solve clues like a mystery detective. Whether it’s a book or movie, everyone has their go-to genre. Share yours with us during the final weekend of Zoo Boo!


Zoo Boo is a ‘spooktacular’ family experience,” said Brittany Gardner, public events manager for the Detroit Zoological Society. “This is one of our most celebrated events of the year, and we can’t wait to see the Zoo filled with families dressed up in their most creative costumes.”

Guests will explore all 125 acres of the Zoo while enjoying thrilling activities like trick-or-treating, educational stations, Halloween face painting, habitat chats, themed photo opportunities, and captivating entertainment from jugglers, magicians and more. The animals who call the Zoo home will also partake in the Halloween festivities, receiving pumpkin-themed treats and enrichments.

All Zoo Boo guests over the age of 2 require a ticket for entry. Space is limited, and ticket prices vary based on the date and time of your visit. Secure your tickets in advance online or at Customer Care during daytime Zoo hours. Walk-up tickets will not be available at the gate. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit

Zoo Boo is presented by Corewell Health. It is also sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, Meijer, DTE, Blue Care Network, Michigan Apples, Michigan Educational Credit Union, IBEW Local 58, Aqua Tots, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Goldfish Swim School and Credit Union One.