Boo at the Zoo!

Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats.

Ride the spooky boo train and join the first-ever “Boo at the Zoo Dance Party”. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween.

Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket!

Bay Area Science Festival Teams Up with Oakland Zoo

For the fourth year in a row, the Bay Area Science Festival has helped make this Halloween event a science-themed weekend - featuring a scavenger hunt-style trick or treating adventure, up-close animal encounters, spooky interactive stations, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals.

Child friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals.

Boo at the Zoo is a day-time opportunity for families to bring out their noble Ninja Turtles, tiny Tinker Bells, precious Princesses, and spectacular Superheroes to an outdoor adventure filled with spooktackular fun. Enjoy delicious treats from our sponsors - see the full list below.

Boo at the Zoo’s Daily Details:

  • October 29 & 30, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Trick or Treat stations: search for clues in the scavenger hunt and collect yummy treats
  • Kids in costumes (ages 2-14) receive a free ride ticket
  • New Monster Mash Dance Party at 11:30am and 1:00pm with the Zoo’s mascot, Roosevelt
  • Wildlife Theater Animal Encounters at 11:45am and 12:30pm
  • Science stations will feature “Zoombie” animals, monster myths, and sensory skills- touch the foods zoo animals like to eat
  • Craft Halloween creations for Zoo animals
  • Get batty with festive face painting
  • Meet the Oakland Fire Department - see their Fire Truck up close!
  • Visit the Vulture Appreciation table to learn about turkey vultures and our conservation work with the endangered California condor.
  • This event is included with regular Zoo admission

Love Boo at the Zoo? Stay for Family Sundown SPOOKfari!

Saturday, October 29th 5:00pm to 10:00am (the following morning).

Grab your tent, bring your family, and get ready for an eerie overnight experience. Take a Trick-or-treat night tour through the Children's Zoo. Make Jack-o-Lantern enrichment treats for the animals, and meet live, creepy, crawly animals up close! Before bedtime participate in a petrifying puppet show with Jungle Joe followed by some Ghost S'mores to finish the night. Wake-up in the morning (if you dared to fall asleep) to the sounds of animals and a hot breakfast. Watch the animals enjoy the pumpkins you worked on and stay the rest of the day for our Boo at the Zoo festivities!

Family Sundown SPOOKfari is an additional event and includes a $75-85 per person charge. Click here for more information.

See a photo slideshow from previous “Boo at the Zoo” events!