Boo at the Zoo

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 5:00pm

Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63110

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Presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience! Boo at the Zoo is not a trick-or-treating event.

Festive Fun

Find various costume characters lurking about the Zoo and play “Hide and Ghost Seek” and look for the ghosts hidden in the trees along on Historic Hill.

Look hauntingly good as you pose in front of ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein or mummies for spooky photos. 

Take a spin on the not-so-spooky "Scare-ou-sel,” the Conservation Carousel is draped in cobwebs! (Free)

One, two, three...say cheese! There are 10-foot-tall Halloween statues lurking around Historic Hill, perfect for spooky selfies. These gentle giants include a skeleton, dragon and snake. Also perfect for pictures is our light-up Saint Louis Zoo sign, which will glow in the dark as night falls.

Animals & Attractions

At the Herpetarium, check out the turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, snakes, lizards and more! 
For a little more hocus pocus, check out the Insectarium and see some a variety of creepy, crawling creatures. 

Also, be sure to visit Stingrays at Caribbean Cove (Free)  

Please note, these are the only animal exhibits open at night during the event.

New this year!
Ride the Zooline Railroad at night ($3.95/members; $4.95 non-members).
Zooline Railroad schedule is subject to change and it may not operate every night of the event.

Roaming Entertainers
October 20: Skippy the Scarecrow
October 27: Skippy the Scarecrow

Food and Souvenirs
Taste what's brewing at Lakeside Cafe, Safari Grill, Tundra Treats, Carousel Cafe, Ray's Snack Shack, Sweet & Salty Co. and River Camp Cafe.

Visit Candy Crossing for Halloween-themed treats, like pumpkin and caramel apple pie fudge, and grab a fall-flavored drink from Starbucks! Enjoy your treats on our brand-new deck overlooking the lake, located behind the shops.

Shop the Halloween Boo-tique at Treetop Shop and Safari Shop for souvenirs. Receive 10 percent (20 percent for members) off of any purchase.

Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. While supplies last.


Nightly: 5-8:30 p.m.* October 16–30, 2020
Zoo Members: $7.95 (ages 2-12); $8.95 (ages 13+)
Non-members: $8.95 (ages 2-12); $9.95 (ages 13+) 
Children under age 2 are free 

Timed Entry

Two admission time slots are available for each evening of Boo at the Zoo. You may choose between the following when purchasing your ticket online:

5 to 6:30 p.m.
6:30 to 8 p.m. (event ends at 8:30 p.m. Last admittance is at 8 p.m.)

You must arrive at the Zoo within your reserved time slot. Once at the event, you may stay as long as you wish, or until the event ends at 8:30 p.m.

Guests will have their reserved ticket scanned from their print-at-home ticket or digitally on their smartphone. Both Zoo entrances are open.

More Info

Tickets are valid only for day and time noted.
Tickets are not refundable or transferable. 
Limited capacity.
Boo at the Zoo will be held rain or shine (except extreme weather). 
Reservations for the Zoo during the day*, do not count as entry to the event.

*The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each night of Boo at the Zoo (all pathways, restaurants, exhibits, and attractions will no longer be open.) Doors will re-open at 5 p.m. for the event. Zoo visitors who are planning to attend Boo at the Zoo will need to exit the Zoo and have their Boo at the Zoo tickets scanned for re-entry starting at 5 p.m.

Costumes and Safety

Family-friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged. Costume masks are not permitted for any age. *See costume policy below.

For everyone's safety, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures. 

Guests age 9+ are required to wear protective masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting. See more information
Looking for a mask? The Zoo has animal face and Halloween themed masks available for purchase online and at Zoo gift shops. While supplies last.

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