Boo at the Zoo 2018

October 19, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
October 20, 4:30–8:30 p.m.
October 21, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Adults $20/$17 (SB Zoo Members)
Children (2-12) $14/$12 (SB Zoo Members)
Ticket includes event entry, trick-or-treating, Zoo Train ride, carnival games, scare zone, animal scooter ride, dance party, animal encounters, performances, bounce houses, and rock wall climbing.

Parking is $11/vehicle, free for SB Zoo Members. Not a Member? Become one today!

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Special thanks to our
Bronze Bat Sponsor


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.

Boo at the Zoo’s Festive Fun Includes:

  • Hay Bale Maze
    Little ones have fun making their way through the maze.
  • Southern CA 501st Legion (dates TBD)
    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.
  • 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 
    Make tracks for the Halloween-themed train ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train.
  • 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:
    Imagine X Functional Neurology
    Inspire Dance Santa Barbara
    Islands Restaurants
    The Knox School of Santa Barbara
    Kyle’s Kitchen
    Mama Luma
    Mammoth Moving & Storage, Inc.
    Metropolitan Theatres
    Momentum Dance Company
    Montecito Bank & Trust
    Montessori Center School
    New York Life
    Nothing Bundt Cakes Goleta
    Paragon Academy
    Peak2Pacific: Outdoor Adventure + Environmental Education Programs
    San Marcos Parent Child Workshop
    Santa Barbara Dental Hygienists’ Association
    Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club
    Santa Barbara Historical Museum
    Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
    Santa Barbara Night Market
    SEE International
    South Coast Karate
    Stardust Sportfishing
    Trinity Preschool
    UCSB Arts & Lectures
    Wilderness Youth Project
Sponsor Treat Table

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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.

Santa Barbara and Ventura’s #1 Family Halloween Festival


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.

October 2018: We are at capacity for volunteers. Thank you!

Become a Sponsor

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.

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