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Weekends, October 1–30

Including October 3, 4, and 10

One of our most popular traditions, Boo at the Zoo, is back bigger and better this year. We're hosting 13 full days of Halloween in the Bronx including long weekends. Pick out your costume and join us for the return of Jack O'Lantern Creatures, hay maze, the costume parade and more. Schedule below.


Jack O'Lantern Creatures

Take a walk through our illumination of hand carved and lit Jack O'Lanterns. Bats, bugs, and more.

Location: World of Darkness
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

What do you see?

Start each morning with keeper chats and treats for our brown bears, and keep a look out for more fun throughout the park.

Location: Check the Daily Schedule
Time: Check the Daily Schedule

Costume Parade

Pick out your best costume and march in our parade with costumed characters, including bugs and bats.

Location: Starts at Rhino Garden and extends to Grizzly Bears
Times: 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
A photo opportunity is available from 3:30–4:00 p.m. in the Dancing Crane Plaza

Hay Maze

Make your way through the twists and turns of our Halloween-themed hay maze. It's a fall tradition.

Location: Butterfly Patio
Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pumpkin Carving

Experts from Pumpkin Sculpt USA will be creating intricately carved pumpkins with a different theme each week.

Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Speed Carving: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Treat Stations

Kids can safely trick or treat around the zoo with snacks and candies.

Location: Bug Carousel, Wild Asia Monorail, Zoo Center, Jack O'Lantern Illumination, and Dancing Crane Pavilion
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Creepy Crafts

Try your hand at your own pumpkin craft using felt, markers, or other materials. Make a magnet that you can take home.
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Magic Shows

David Levitan will combine magic and humor for a kid-friendly show with plenty of participation.
Location: Tent at Grizzly Bears
Times: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Music Shows

Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band return to the zoo for a sing- and dance-along to bring out the spirit of the season.

Location: Tent at Grizzly Bears
Times: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

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Boo at the Zoo is presented by Macmillan, celebrating 50 years of Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.


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