ZooBoo


Oct 7 - Nov 1

ZooBoo

2 - 7 PM

Activities run Wednesday-Sunday. Open until 9pm Friday-Saturday.

Presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Reservations Required

ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers

Explore ZooBoo after dark with extended dates, now including Wednesdays

Is regular October too humdrum, but haunted houses too creepy-crawly? Come to the Zoo for super-duper Halloween activities, amazing animals and pumpkins galore! ZooBoo is always a fun family experience for itty-bitty ghouls and goblins, as well as the bigger kids. October weather means active animals, colorful foliage and a new season to explore. Combine that with engaging, hands-free activities, spooktacular costumes and trick-or-treating — plus, the chance to boogie-woogie to a live DJ — and you’ve got an unforgettable family tradition. Woo-hoo!

ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission, but capacity is limited each day so we encourage everyone to plan ahead and visit early in the season. All members and guests must obtain a timed-entry ticket in advance of their visit.

Pumpkin Town

The Bicentennial Pavilion is home to a whimsical village with adorable cats, fancy rats and Mayor Jack who keeps guests on their toes with his boo-worthy jokes! One of our most popular areas, we’ll be monitoring attendance in this area to ensure guests have space for social distancing. NEW in 2020, Professor Pumpkin leads mystifying science demonstrations for little witches and wizards at Pumpkin School. Guests can also visit not-so-scary creatures in Jack’s Barn presented by State Farm or the cats being fostered in Bewitching Bites. And, don’t forget to explore Pumpkin Town’s best carnivorous plant, hat and magic wand collections! Plus, the dance party is always going with Halloween hits from Patch Radio!

More ZooBoo Fun

  • Meet our friendly witch as she brews secret potions at one of our three NEW cauldrons
  • NEW spooky décor throughout Zoo grounds featuring ghouls and a larger-than-life spider
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail, presented by WISH-TV 8 — including 4 treat stations
  • Adult Trick-or-Treat Trail, presented by Goose Island — Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm
  • Mystery Maze — now located on the patio of Café on the Commons, find your way through this twisting haybale maze.
  • Round-Go-Merry — the carousel that moves in reverse. Open until 7pm.
  • Spooktacular Train Ride — Enjoy a ride for a special view of the Zoo behind the scenes. Open until 7pm.

View our ZooBoo map and explore all the event has to offer.

The Zoo is totally compliant with the most up-to-date safety guidelines from the city and the state. All the Zoo’s standard safety guidelines will be in effect during ZooBoo. Please review the guidelines before your visit.

The black cats of Pumpkin Town need a fur-ever home
Adopt a ZooBoo Kitten

Visit Bewitching Bites to meet Hocus and Pocus, the friendly witch's 5-month-old foster cats. These playful young felines are available for adoption after Halloween through Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Apply by Oct. 27 to adopt a ZooBoo kitten.

All Treats and No Tricks!
Little ghouls and goblins can collect goodies along the Trick or Treat Trail presented by WISH-TV.
  • Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a reusable bag to collect treats.
  • Visit four treat stations in a NEW LOCATION behind the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center.
  • The Trick-or-Treat Trail will offer one-way traffic only and all treat stations will be spaced apart to allow for proper social distancing. Look for signs indicating the entrance and exit as well as markings along the pathways to assist with social distancing.
  • Look for additional hand sanitizing stations throughout ZooBoo.
  • Allergy-friendly treats and non-food items are available at each treat station upon request.
  • We proudly provide only items that are palm oil-free, contain sustainably sourced palm oil or are produced by a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is working to make orangutan-friendly palm oil readily available.
  • Find an orangutan-friendly Halloween candy list or check out the mobile app from our friends at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

 

All guests age 3 and up are required to wear a facial covering. Costume masks are allowed for children age 12 and under, but still require an additional face covering if there is an opening around the nose or mouth. For the safety of all guests, full-face makeup or costume masks are only allowed for children ages 12 and under.

Additionally, guests are urged to take their temperatures and perform health checks on their entire party before coming to ZooBoo. Find health and safety tips on wearing masks from our ZooBoo Safety Awareness partners at Ascension St. Vincent.

Halloween Safety Tips

Enjoy a safe and fun ZooBoo experience by following these health and safety tips from our friends at Ascension St. Vincent and the Indiana Pacers.

Advance Reservations Required for ZooBoo

ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. All members and guests must obtain a timed-entry ticket in advance of their visit.

Zoo Animals

Mild fall temperatures mean animals will be more active!

Watch as many animals enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment and extra animal chats throughout the event. View the ZooBoo map for the full schedule.

The elephant herd gets into the Halloween spirit with the squash-splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash!

  • Arrive early to visit your favorite furry friends before ZooBoo activities begin at 2pm.
  • With ZooBoo open late on Fridays and Saturdays, you can also visit Oceans, Dolphin Pavilion, Deserts Dome and Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center until 9pm on those nights.
  • Our Forests, Flights of Fancy and Plains exhibits will remain open until dusk.
Need an adults-only Halloween evening?

Halloween isn’t just for the little ones. Brewfari is a new event that offers an evening of craft beers, costumes, music and more!

Help create the magic

Whether fall is your favorite season, you love the Zoo or you want to give back to the community, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for volunteers ages 16 and older to help us bring ZooBoo to life for our guests! Just click on the Volunteer tab.

Volunteer for ZooBoo

Contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Services team or more information.

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