News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 26, 2017
Note: Images of Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! At the Zoo may be downloaded below.
4292: Guests can take a spin on the haunted carousel during Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration.
4389: Professional pumpkin carver gives some carving advice to a young onlooker during Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo.
5134 and 5799: During Brookfield Zoo’s fun-filled Boo! at the Zoo, guests can watch pumpkins getting smashed on the west mall.
6108, 5731, and 9462: Young guests to Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo show off their Halloween attire.
6691: Young costumed guest visits the goats at Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Wild Encounters during the annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration.
9222: Guests can take a Haunted Hayride during Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo.

Brookfield Zoo’s Annual Boo! at the Zoo Features Halloween Family Fun
     Brookfield, Ill. – Get a head start on some Halloween fun at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo, presented by Ferrara Candy Company and sponsored by Meijer. On Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-22 and 28-29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., guests of all ages can show off their Halloween costumes plus enjoy family-friendly and spooky fun activities.

Youngsters can bring their trick-or-treat bags to the zoo and slither over to five candy stations for a Ferrara Candy Company treat, manned by volunteers from Ferrara Candy Company over the four-day event. Sweet treats will include Halloween favorites such as Lemonhead, Trolli Sour Brite, Now and Laters, and Black Forest Organics. (Treats are provided while supplies last.) While at each of the stations, take photos at the Halloween-themed backdrops to remember your day at Brookfield Zoo.

Guests of all ages are welcome to join in the Costume Parade, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Discovery Center and ends on the West Mall. Following the parade at 1:30 p.m., zoogoers can show off their Halloween attire and enter the Costume Contest. Judges will select winners in five categories: scariest, best animal theme, most original, best group theme, and weirdly awesome, in honor of Ferrara Candy Company’s weirdly awesome Trolli candy brand.

Throughout the celebration, animal care staff will scare up some fun facts about the zoo’s furry friends and creepiest critters at special Zoo Chats scheduled throughout the day. At 11:30 a.m., hang out at Australia House for a little banter about bats before wandering over to Regenstein Wolf Woods to hear about Mexican gray wolves at noon. Head to Hamill Family Play Zoo at 12:30 p.m. to learn about Goliath bird-eating spiders, and at 1:00 p.m. discover wise facts about owls. Scorpions will take the stage at the Play Zoo at 2:00 p.m., followed by large snakes at 2:30 p.m., and finally ravens at 3:00 p.m.

On the West Mall, zoogoers can watch and cheer on the Pumpkin Smasher as he pulverizes pumpkins into pieces every hour starting at 11:00 a.m. Guests can also pick up some carving tips and tricks as professional pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke uses a variety of tools to create masterpieces out of gigantic pumpkins that weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

The howlin’ good times don’t stop there -- make your way through the Crazed Maize Corn Maze, take a spin on the Creepy Cowboy Carousel, or snag a seat aboard a Haunted Hayride. If arts and crafts are your trick of choice, head to Hamill Family Play Zoo to create a skeleton using recycled materials, or the West Mall to decorate a spooky-looking and delicious cookie.

General zoo admission is $19.85 for adults and $14.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $12. (Additional fees apply to some Boo! at the Zoo activities.) For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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