Boo at the L.A. Zoo

Event Snapshot

October 1 through 31
10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, with special entertainment and activities on weekends

All daytime activities are free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership.

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Don’t miss trick-or-treating on October 23/24 and 30/31!

This Halloween, let’s hear you howl!

The Halloween spirit is in full swing for 31 monstrous days this October, with special weekend entertainment and activities, including open-air live shows, special animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. Costumes are encouraged! Daily fun through October 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Daily Adventures

Spooky Stroll – Make your way down a mysterious path of hauntingly festive décor for some hair-raising photo ops.

Extinct Animal Graveyard – Honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.

The LAIR – Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion!

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour – Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.

Weekend Adventures

“AbracaZoo!” Magic Show – Presented by Magician Brandon Scott. Take a step into the funny side of the twilight zone where prestidigitation and illusion will delight and amaze you. Performances in Adventure Theater at 11:30 a.m.

“Spooktacular Science” Show – Watch as a mad scientist conjures up spine-tingling experiments, bubbling potions, and other fun surprises in his spirited lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 2:30 p.m.

Green-Screen Photo Booth – Get a snap of yourself among some of our most Halloween-y critters. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Creepy Craft – Eek! Make a creepy crawly spider web at our craft station, or take the supplies with you to assemble at home. Available while supplies last.

Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See schedule below.

Education Stations – Stop by to learn some frightful facts that will delight and amaze. Stations include:

  • California Critters – Discover the hauntingly amazing native wildlife of California by examining their bones and listening for their calls.  Some of these animals may even live in your neighborhood!
  • All the Better to Bite With! – Learn about the sharp teeth and fangs of carnivores – they’re frighteningly functional and have been inspiring monsters and ghouls for centuries! 
  • Fact or Fiction? – Animals are so awesome it’s scary! Can you tell which adaptation belongs to a fantastical beast and which two are real facts?

Special Weekend Animal Feedings

October 2
Meerkats at 11 a.m.
Giant river otters in Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Elephants in the Cambodian Pavilion at Elephants of Asia at 1:30 p.m.

October 3
Red River hogs at 11:30 am
Hippos at 1:30 p.m.

October 9
Cassowaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

October 10
Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Hippos at 1:30 p.m.

October 16
Flamingos at 11:30 a.m.
Black bear at 1:30 p.m.

October 17
Piranhas at 11:30 a.m.
Red River hogs at 1:30 p.m.

October 23
Hippos 11:30 a.m.
Aldabra tortoise in the South America section at 1:30 p.m.

October 24
Howler monkeys in Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Red River hogs at 1:30 p.m.

October 30
Peccaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

October 31
Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Elephants at 1:30 p.m.

October 23/24 and 30/31 Only

Trick-or-treating, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Find treat stations throughout the Zoo, with palm oil-free treats and bags generously supplied by 99 Cents Only Stores! Available while supplies last.


Adults and children are welcome to dress in Halloween costumes for their visit to the Zoo during our Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treating days. To allow for an enjoyable experience for everyone, we do not allow full face masks, weapons, obscenity, or anything that could cause disturbance to either patrons or animals. Please note that protective face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required for all guests aged 2 and older in indoor and enclosed public settings such as the LAIR, Safari Shuttle, and retail and food service locations.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Upper-Level Members Preview

October 30 (Saturday)
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Registration has been closed. This event has reached capacity.

GLAZA members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences.

Member Preview Animal Pumpkin Feedings at 9 a.m:

  • Sloth feeding and meet the keeper
  • Flamingos
  • Giant River Otters in Rainforest of the Americas

Please bring your membership card and valid photo I.D. for admission. Guest passes will not be honored for this event. This event is for members at the Family Deluxe level and higher. Thank you for your GLAZA membership support!

A Handy Guide for Candy

How’s this for scary?
Unsustainable palm oil production is the primary threat to wild habitats in tropical regions, pushing critically endangered animals like the Bornean orangutan further toward possible extinction. You can help by making smart shopping choices, starting with Halloween candy selection. Check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s candy buying guide or download their handy Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App. Through the app, you can scan a product’s barcode to find out if it’s made with unsustainable palm oil and receive suggestions for orangutan-friendly choices. Use it to guide all of your shopping selections, not just the sweet ones!

* Schedule subject to change without notice.