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Boo at the Zoo

October 20 – 22 and 27 – 29 from 5 to 8 PM
Saturday, October 28 is SOLD OUT

With six nights of “spell-a-bration,” there’s plenty of time to get into the Halloween spirit as the Zoo offers safe trick-­or-treating and “monster-ous” thrills and chills. Tasty treats and booo-zy adult beverages are available for purchase.


Adults $25/person, Children (2-12) $18/person, SB Zoo Members get $3 off
Parking is $11/vehicle, free for SB Zoo Members.

Not a Member? Become one today!

Ticket includes event entry, trick-or-treating, Zoo Train ride, creepy-crawly animal encounters, mad science experiments, dance party, and bounce houses.

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Boo at the Zoo tickets are non-refundable. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may not wear full face masks or have full face painted. Realistic weapons will not be allowed.


Boo at the Zoo’s Festive Fun Includes:

  • Trick-or-Treating
    Local businesses sponsor tables with treats…be sure to bring a bag to carry your loot!
  • Hay Bale Maze
    Little ones have fun making their way through the maze.
  • Creepy-Crawly Animal Encounters
  • Costumed Characters
    Costumed characters roam the Zoo, creating a scary number of memorable photo opportunities.
  • Boo Choo Choo train ride 
    Make tracks for the Halloween-themed train ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train.
  • Dance Party
    Monsters and princesses mix it up side by side on the dance floor.
  • Conservation-themed Activities
    Join us for mad science experiments!
  • Bounce Houses

Boo at the Zoo FAQ

Do members get a discount?

Santa Barbara Zoo Members save $3 per ticket. 

Do I need to pay for parking?

Parking is $11 per car. SB Zoo Members park for free.

If I'm already visiting the Zoo, can I just stay for Boo at the Zoo?

No, Boo at the Zoo is a separate after-hours event. The Zoo closes at 4:00 PM on Boo at the Zoo days and visitors will be cleared off grounds. The gate will re-open at 4:45 PM for the event.

Will I be able to see the animals?

During the nightly event, the animals settle down for bedtime and parts of the Zoo will not be accessible. To see the Zoo’s animals, guests are encouraged to visit the Santa Barbara Zoo during regular daytime hours.

Calling all Vendors for a Scary Good Time!

The success of Boo at the Zoo is due in large part to the generous donations of our local partners. Won’t you join us this year? Register for Boo early, as space is limited.

All proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Zoo.



Join the Boo Crew! Event volunteers are needed to help distribute candy treats, become ‘scare’ actors, staff spooky game booths, and direct guests. For more information, email the Volunteer office or call (805) 962-5339, ext. 153.

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Palm Oil-Free Candy

You’ll find plenty of treats at Boo at the Zoo, but you won’t find any made with non-sustainable palm oil. Every kid wants yummy, sticky, sugary candy at Halloween, but not as much as orangutans, Asian elephants, and tigers want a healthy place to live and thrive. Find out more about palm oil and make good choices for your Halloween candy this year.

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