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Celebrate Halloween at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event of daytime Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treat games, live music, entertainment, face painting, animal encounters and our popular children’s costume contest. Gather up the entire family  - all ages will enjoy this annual fall event at the Zoo.

Tickets for Boo may be purchased at the Zoo's North America or Africa admission gates.

Held both Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.



Register in Solar Pointe. Registration starts at 2:00 pm and closes at 2:50 pm SHARP. Please plan to register during this time if you want to enter the costume contest. Ages for the contest are separated into three categories each day: Infant to Age 3, Age 4 to Age 7, Age 8- Age 12, INTRODUCING 12 and over award in 2020! There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age group. Adults can walk the stage with their children. Adults may not wear masks or face paint according to North Carolina state law see below. 

( § 14-12.8.  Wearing of masks, hoods, etc., on public property.No person or persons shall in this State, while wearing any mask, hood or device whereby the person, face or voice is disguised so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter, or appear upon or within the public property of any municipality or county of the State, or of the State of North Carolina. (1953, c. 1193, s. 7.)    

More information on the treats and scheduled activities on stage and beyond, including music and dance, and pumpkin palooza!