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The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo Choo Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It’s the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!

October 20, 5:30–8:30 p.m. | October 21, 4:30–8:30 p.m. | October 22, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

$17/Adults, $15/SB Zoo Members
$11/Children (2-12), $10/SB Zoo Members

Optional Boo Choo Choo train: $6/adult, $4/child
Parking is $10/vehicle, free for SB Zoo Members. Not a Member? Become one today!

Tickets will also be available at the door. 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.
Areas of the Zoo will be closed during this event.

Special thanks to our 2017 Boo at the Zoo sponsors:


Community West Bank



Hay Bale Maze
Little ones have fun making their way through the maze.
Southern CA 501st Legion (Friday & Sunday only)
Characters from a “universe far, far away” make their debut at Boo this year.
Ghoulish Games
Pin the scales on a dinosaur or guess what’s in the mystery box.
Conservation-themed Activities
Join us for mad science experiments explore the world’s oceans from afar.
Costumed Characters
More than 75 characters roam the Zoo, creating a scary number of memorable photo opportunities.
Mad Scientist Zone (Saturday only)
It’s man vs. electricity! See Dr. Megavolt make the Tesla coil come alive.
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.
Boo Choo Choo train ride (extra fee)
Make tracks for the Halloween-themed train ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train. Tickets sold separately during the event on a first-come, first-served basis at the train station from 5:30 p.m. until they sell out: $6/adults, $4/children 2-12.
Scare Zone
For those who like a little more “howl” in Halloween. Recommended for ages 10+.
Zookeeper Talks
Learn more about the Zoo’s animals from those who know them best.
Costume Parade
Join in and show off your costume as the Boo Crew parades through the Zoo at the end of the evening.

Trick-or-Treat Trail
Local businesses sponsor tables with treats…be sure to bring a bag to carry your loot! Thank you to the following businesses for their support:

Angels Foster Care
Beach Baby Nannies LLC
Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara
Cardio Barre Santa Barbara
Carpinteria Valley Girls Softball League
Cloud 10
CrossFit Kids at CrossFit Santa Barbara
Dandelion Wishes
Farmers, Pinkerton Insurance Agency
Imagine X Functional Neurology
Kyle’s Kitchen
Momentum Dance Company
Montecito Bank & Trust
Montessori Center School
New York Life
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club
Santa Barbara Symphony
South Coast Karate
Southern California Reproductive Center
UCSB Adventure Programs


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.

Fight for the forests! Learn more about the problem with palm oil in this three-minute video.

Santa Barbara and Ventura’s #1 Family Halloween Festival


Get your company involved! Boo at the Zoo is the largest family-oriented Halloween event in the tri-counties region, attracting between 4,000 and 6,000 visitors each year. To become a Boo at the Zoo sponsor, contact Cheyanne Brooks by email or phone: (805) 962-5339, ext. 180.

Be a Sponsor


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 Shomari McLemore or call (805) 962-5339, ext. 153.