Boo! at the Zoo

Location: Various

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

Presented by Ferrara

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!


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! 

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

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

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

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

Creepy Cowboy Carousel*
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

West Mall

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


Bat Zoo Chat
11:30 a.m.
Australia House

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

Owl Zoo Chat
1:00 p.m.

Hamill Family Play Zoo*

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

Costume Contest
1:30 p.m. 
West Mall 

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*


Pumpkins for the Animals:

  • Details coming soon!


Boo! at the Zoo Food & Beverage Specials:

West Mall
  • •  Tarts à la Mode – fresh baked tarts with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream
    •  BOO! sliced caramel apples with whipped cream and nuts
    •  Aracely’s Tamales
            •  Chicken – with green sauce (Verde)
            •  Pork – with red sauce (Mole)
            •  Poblano Pepper & Cheese
    •  Decorate your own Halloween shaped cookie and cupcake 
    •  Revolution Brewing Draft Beer – Oktoberfest, Anti-Hero, Fist City

Café del Sol

• Cake Pops
• Black Raspberry 4-Layer Cake

Bison Prairie Grill
  • • Buffalo Chicken Empanadas
    • Bison Chili

BZ Red Hots
  • • Aracely’s Tamales (Pork, Chicken or Poblano & Cheese)
    • Breaded Pearl Onions
    • Tarts à la Mode – fresh baked tarts with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream

Castaway Grill
  • • Bacon Cheddar Burger (Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese on a brioche bun with caramelized onion jam)

North & South Gate Coffee and Snacks
  • • Seasonal Starbucks Beverages

All activities are weather dependent and schedules may be adjusted at any time. 
*Separate fee may apply

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.