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Boo at the Zoo

October 21 – 23 and 28 – 30 from 5 to 8 PM
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 are SOLD OUT.

Boo is BACK!

Enjoy Halloween-themed scenes, trick-or-treating, mad science experiments, and more during Boo at the Zoo.

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Boo at the Zoo is generously sponsored by:


Adults $22.95/person, Children (2-12) $17.95/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, mad science experiments, dance party, creepy-crawly animal encounters, 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.
  • Conservation-themed Activities
    Join us for mad science experiments!
  • Boo Choo Choo train ride 
    Make tracks for the Halloween-themed train ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train.
  • Costumed Characters
    Costumed characters roam the Zoo, creating a scary number of memorable photo opportunities.
  • Creepy Crawly Animal Encounters
    Millipedes, super worms, and other creatures of the night would just love to meet you.
  • Dance Party
    Monsters and princesses mix it up side by side on the dance floor.
  • Zookeeper Talks
    Learn more about the Zoo’s animals from those who know them best.


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 Nikola Douglas-Tavani 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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