Boo! at the Zoo

Location: Various

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, October 9 to 24, 2021

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Gather your ghoulfriends, little ghosts, and goblins for this fun-filled family event.  Check out the creatures, creepy crawlers, and more in your costumes at the Halloween-themed event that's perfect for family photo ops.  All ages are in for a fang-tastic time, and the kids will leave with a sweet treat.  Boo! at the Zoo is spooky, safe, and socially distant!  

Boo! at the Zoo Activities
 · NEW!  Howl-O-Scenes Photo Spot at the Nature Stage
 · Boo! at the Zoo Photo Spots: giant inflatables, photo frames, peekboards, and more!
 · "Crazed Maize" Corn Maze on the West Mall
 · Creepy Carousel*
 · Haunted Hayride*^
 · Pumpkins to the Animals 
      · October 16 at 10:30 am - Black rhinos
      · October 17 at 11:00 am - Kangaroos 
      · October 23 at 10:30 am - Big cats and sloth bears
      · October 24 at 10:30 am - Polar and brown bears at Great Bear Wilderness

What's different this year?

 · To encourage social distancing, activities that draw large crowds will not be taking place.  
 · Instead of stopping at candy stations in the zoo, children will receive a sweet treat as they exit the zoo!
 · While there will not be a costume contest, showing off your creative costumes is encouraged!  Please note: 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 Brookfield Zoo costume characters and for the safety of all guests.  
 · Masks are required in all indoor buildings and spaces, including bathrooms
 · See up-to-date safety information here


*Separate fee applies
^Weather dependent. 

All activities are weather dependent and schedules/programming is subject to change.  No guests over 13 are allowed in the zoo in full-body costumes with their head covered. This is to avoid confusion and for the safety of all guests.

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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.