Event Dates
Event Hours

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate the excitement of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun. Enjoy trick or treat games, storytelling, live entertainment and a children’s costume contest. Boo at the NC Zoo is NOT included with general admission.   Pumpkin Palooza will be held throughout the Park and is included with general admission.   

Boo at the NC Zoo is a family-friendly event, and all costumes must be appropriate for ghouls of all ages.  Adults (ages 16 and up) are welcome to come in costume, but must leave their face clearly visible at all times; adults in heavy makeup or masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.


All day families can enjoy interactive games and prizes, face painting for kids 12 and under, sporadic animal encounters with zoo educators, giant bubble making and hula hooping, a souvenir bag, costume contest and all day long entertainment on the stage, and Pumpkin Palooza throughout the Zoo.

Admission to Boo at the NC Zoo is $3 per person, in addition to Zoo admission.  Tickets may be purchased at the North America or Africa admission gates. Boo at the NC Zoo will happen both days in the African Amphitheater or SOLAR POINTE IN THE CASE OF RAIN.