Press Release: 10/07/2016

Oakland Zoo Hosts Weekend of Happy Halloween Themed Activities

Erin Harrison, Sr. Manager, Marketing & PR
(510)632-9525 ext. 135

Oakland, CA…On October 29, Oakland Zoo is hosting a Halloween-themed, overnight experience called, Family Sundown SPOOKfari. The program includes outdoor camping, pumpkin carving, scary stories, an eerie nighttime tour, a cool puppet show and live, creepy, crawly animals. Participants get to make ghost s'mores before bedtime and wake-up to a hot breakfast in the morning, when they will also deliver their spooktacular pumpkin presents to Zoo animals. This event begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 29 and ends at 10:00am on Sunday, October 30. Pre-registration is required. There is a program fee of $85.00 per person and participants must bring their own tents. Meals and parking is included with the cost and campers can attend Boo at the Zoo festivities free of charge on Sunday, October 30. For more information, call (510) 632-9525, ext 220. Or, go to our website.

On October 29 & 30, from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival are banding together for Boo at the Zoo. The Halloween and science-themed weekend features a spooky scavenger hunt for kids, monster mash dance party, up-close animal encounters, freaky interactive stations, face painting, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on what some consider 'scary animals'. Family-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 daytime opportunity for families to bring out their noble ninja turtles, tiny tinker bells, precious princesses, and spectacular superheroes to an outdoor adventure filled with frightening fun. Kids get a free treat bag in the Zoo's Adventure Landing section. Boo at the Zoo is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Admission prices are $14.75 for children/seniors and $18.75 for adults. Parking is $10.00 per car. Boo at the Zoo activities are included with general admission. Click here for more information:

Boo at the Zoo’s Daily Details:
• Spooky Scavenger Hunt: search for clues throughout Oakland Zoo
• Children in costume (ages 2-14) receive a free ride ticket
• Monster Mash Dance Party at 11:30am and 1:00pm
• 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
• Crafty Halloween creations for Zoo animals
• Meet the Oakland Fire Department
• Get batty with festive face painting

Corporate Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:
• Taiwan Tourism Bureau
• Primal Pet Foods
• Bay Area Science Festival
• KPIX5, The CW

“Treat” Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo:
• Clif Bar & Company
• GoGo Squeez
• Jammy Sammy (Plum Organics)
• Jelly Belly

Local Organizations Attending Boo at the Zoo:
• Oakland Fire Department
• Honest Tea Company
• Primal Pet Foods


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25’ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state's remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.