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