HOUSTON (Oct. 5, 2018) – Lions and tigers and bears and Spider-Man and Elsa and Mario, oh my! Houston’s best family-friendly Halloween event is back at the Houston Zoo this October.

It’s time for Zoo Boo, presented by LyondellBasell. During this event, guests can enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating, music, and fun activities with a wild twist on Fridays, Oct. 12, 19, and 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children can pick a child-sized pumpkin to decorate from the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch; wander through the Not-So-Creepy Creature Maze; show off their best Zoo Boo costume and learn how to dance like a zombie at the Monster Mashquerade on Saturdays and Sundays; test their competition skills in a witch-hat ring toss, cornhole, and Halloween tic-tac-toe in the Festival of Fun; channel their inner artist and contribute to our Monster Mural; and get spooky stamps. Children of all ages can learn interesting animal facts as they try to guess what’s in the Zoo Boo Mystery Boxes; all this plus Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks, presented by Phillips 66, and goodies to satisfy a sweet tooth at the Metro by T-Mobile Candy Corner stations. See all the spooktacular Zoo Boo activities online at

Guests are also invited to learn all about how the Houston Zoo helps howler monkeys in the wild at the Howlerween activity. Here, children can go on a discovery of what kind of habitat and food a howler monkey needs, and what organizations are doing to help this species.

All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid zoo admission.  Zoo Boo is free for zoo members.

More Spooky Opportunities

Halloween Zoovie Night – Saturday, Oct. 27
All little ghouls and goblins are invited to bring their blankets to enjoy a Zoovie Night Halloween movie on a giant outdoor screen! Votes are being cast for the movie online through Sunday, Oct. 14  The winning movie viewing, plus other spooktacular games and activities are all part of paid zoo admission and free for zoo members.

Special Edition Zoo Sprouts: Spooky Sprout Safari – Oct. 30 & 31
This one-hour spooky safari will take little ones by habitats where the animals look like they are dressed in their Halloween best, introduce them to some favorite Ambassador Animals, fill trick-or-treat bags with nature’s goodies like shells, stones, tree cookies and so much more. This event is for children 18 months through 5 years old and is a separately ticketed activity. For more information, visit

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