Boo! at the Zoo

Location: Various

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, October 13 to 28
 

Boo! at the Zoo presented by

        
Sponsored by     Corn Maze Sponsored by 

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:

  • •  10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Candy Stations 
          Bring your own bag and trick-or-treat at the 5 candy stations throughout the zoo!  

  • •  10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Giant Pumpkin Carving
           Watch a professional pumpkin carver carve 1,000+ pound pumpkins!
           North/South Mall

  • •  10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Halloween Craft*
          Hamill Family Play Zoo 

  • •  10:00 am – 5:30 pm – Haunted Hayride*
          Picks up from North Mall

  • •  10:00 am – 5:30 pm – Creepy Cowboy Carousel*
          Carousel

  • •  10:00 am – 5:30 pm – “Crazed Maize” Corn Maze
           West Mall

  • •  11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Pumpkin Smasher (every hour on the hour)
          West Mall

  • •  11:30 am – Bat Zoo Chat
          Australia House

  • •  12:00 pm – Wolf Zoo Chat
          Wolf Woods

  • •  12:30 pm – Bird Eating Spider Zoo Chat
          Hamill Family Play Zoo*

  • •  1:00 pm – Owl Zoo Chat
          Hamill Family Play Zoo*

  • •  1:00 pm – Costume Parade
          Starts in front of Discovery Center; ends on the West Mall

  • •  1:30 pm – Costume Contest
          West Mall 

  • •  2:00 pm – Scorpion Zoo Chat
          Hamill Family Play Zoo*

  • •  2:30 pm – Large Snake Zoo Chat
          Hamill Family Play Zoo*

  • •  3:00 pm – Raven Zoo Chat
          Hamill Family Play Zoo*

 

Pumpkins to the Animals:

  • •  October 13 at 11:00 am in Great Bear Wilderness
  •       Pumpkins to the Grizzly Bears
          Pumpkins to the Polar Bears 

  • •  October 14 at 10:15 am in Tropic World 
  •       Pumpkins to the Orangutans
          Pumpkins to the Gorillas

  • •  October 20 at 11:00 am in Great Bear Wilderness 

          Pumpkins to the Grizzly Bears
          Pumpkins to the Polar Bears

  • •  October 21 at 10:15 am outside Pachyderm House
  •       Pumpkins to the Rhinos and Pygmy Hippo
          Pumpkins to the Red River Hogs

  • •  October 27 at 10:15 am at Seven Seas/Pinniped Point
  •       Pumpkins to the Dolphins
          Pumpkins to the Pinnipeds

  • •  October 28 at 11:00 am in Hamill Family Wild Encounters/Play Zoo*
  •       Pumpkins to the Goats and Reindeer
          Pumpkins to the Lemurs

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


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Sign Up for Zoo Classes

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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.