Boo! at the Zoo

Location: Various

Date: Saturdays and Sundays, October 13 to 28
 

Boo! at the Zoo presented by       

 Trolli          
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 – 5:00 pm – Decorate Spooky Treats*
          Decorate a cookie and cupcake with icing and sprinkles
          West Mall

  • •  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

  • •  12:30 pm – 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*

  • •  2:15 pm – Wolf Zoo Chat
          Wolf Woods

  • •  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

  • •  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

     

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

New Penguin Encounters!

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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.