Boo! at the Zoo

Location: Various

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, October 12 to 27, 2019

Presented by
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Sponsored by 

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Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy!

All activities are weather dependent and schedules may be adjusted at any time. Guests over the age of 13 are not permitted in the zoo wearing full-body costumes with their head covered at any time. This is to avoid confusion with in-park attractions and for the safety of all guests.


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Schedule of Activities:

Candy Stations

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring your own bag and trick-or-treat at the five candy stations throughout the zoo! 

Halloween Craft*
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hamill Family Play Zoo

Giant Pumpkin Carving 
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Watch a professional pumpkin carver carve 1,000-pound pumpkins!
North/South Mall

Around the Yellow Brick Road Carousel*
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carousel

Haunted Hayride*
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Picks up from the North Mall

“Crazed Maize” Corn Maze
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
West Mall

Decorate Spooky Treats* 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Decorate a cookie and cupcake with icing and sprinkles!
West Mall

Pumpkin Smasher (every hour on the hour)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
West Mall

Costume Parade
1:00 p.m. 
Starts in front of Discovery Center; ends on the West Mall

Costume Dance Party
1:30 p.m. 
West Mall 

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Spooky Zoo Chats:

Bat Zoo Chat

11:30 a.m.
Australia House

Bird-Eating Spider Zoo Chat
12:30 p.m.
Hamill Family Play Zoo*

Owl Zoo Chat
1:00 p.m.
Hamill Family Play Zoo*

Scorpion Zoo Chat
2:00 p.m.
Hamill Family Play Zoo*

Wolf Zoo Chat
2:15 p.m.
Wolf Woods

Large Snake Zoo Chat
2:30 p.m. 
Hamill Family Play Zoo*

Raven Zoo Chat
3:00 p.m.
Hamill Family Play Zoo*

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Pumpkins to the Animals:

  • Saturday, October 12
    11:00 a.m. in Great Bear Wildnerness
    Pumpkin to the Grizzly Bears
    Pumpkins to the Polar Bears


    Sunday, October 13
    10:15 a.m. in Tropic World
    Pumpkins to the Orangutans and Gorillas

    Saturday, October 19
    11:00 a.m. in Great Bear Wilderness
    Pumpkins to the Grizzly Bears
    Pumpkins to the Polar Bears


    Sunday, October 20
    10:15 pm outside Pachyderms
    Pumpkins to the Rhinos and Pygmy Hippos
    Pumpkins to the Red River Hogs


    Saturday, October 26
    10:15 a.m. at Pinniped Point
    Pumpkins to the Sea Lions and Seals

    11:00 a.m. at Seven Seas*
    Pumpkins to the Sea Lions and Dolphins


    Sunday, October 27
    11:00 a.m. in Hamill Family Wild Encounters*
    Pumpkins to the Goats and Reindeer

    11:00 a.m. in Hamill Family Play Zoo*
    Pumpkins to the Lemurs

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*Separate fee may apply
All activities are weather dependent and schedules may be adjusted at any time. No guests over 13 are allowed in zoo in full-body costumes with their head covered. This is to avoid confusion and for the safety of all guests.

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.