Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

Get ready for Boo at the Zoo! Enjoy treat stations, carnival games, animal shows and more. This entertaining daytime event is free with Zoo admission and packed with fun for the whole family.


Boo at the Zoo is included with Zoo admission.

Treat Stations and carnival games at Boo at the Zoo require a treat coupon. Zoo guests and Zoo members will receive six Boo at the Zoo treat coupons (per admission ticket/Zoo membership) at the Zoo’s ticket booths at no additional cost. Additional treat coupons may be purchased at the ticket booth and in the Special Events Pavilion for $3/six coupons. Treat coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire park.

  • Zoo members can pick up their complimentary Boo at the Zoo treat coupons at Member Services or at any of the front gate ticket booths.

  • Pre-purchased ticket holders may stop at any ticket booth line to pick up the coupons.

*** Please Note ***

All tickets must be used within 30 days of date of purchase. No refunds, rainchecks, or exchanges. If purchasing tickets for Wednesday please see the Wednesday Only Admission section for pricing. Parking is not included in the price of the ticket. Parking is $5 per vehicle. If you are purchasing tickets for Boo at the Zoo (October 28-30) you will need to stop at any ticket booth line to pick up your Boo treat coupons.

Halloween-themed activities and entertainment will be located throughout the Zoo for all guests to enjoy.



Boo at the Zoo is a family friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for all ages. For everyone’s safety, all adults must leave their faces clearly visible at all times – adults in heavy makeup or masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.


Treat Stations – Trick-or-treat at treat stations located throughout the Zoo.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Treat stations require a treat coupon.
  • One coupon = 4 pieces of pre-mixed candy
  • Zoo guests and members receive six Boo at the Zoo treat coupons per admission ticket/Zoo membership
  • Treat coupons may be redeemed at any treat station

Additional Boo at the Zoo coupons are available for purchase at all ticket booths at the Zoo entrance, the Special Events Pavilion and at the General Store in Texas Town for $3/six coupons.


Get up close and personal at Wild Encounters with our zookeepers as they deliver amazing facts and stats about your favorite wild things!

 10:30 a.m.  Bonobo
 World of Primates
 11 a.m.  Fly river turtles and painted terrapin 
 Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 African Savannah
 11:30 a.m.  Asian elephant
 Petting Yard
 Asian Falls
 Texas Wild! (Petting Yard)
 12:30 p.m.  Komodo dragon
 White tiger
 Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 Asian Falls
 1 p.m.  North American river otter,  American alligator or alligator  snapping turtle  Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!
 Kudu, springbok and zebra  African Savannah
 1:30 p.m.  Raptor mews
 African lion
 Brush Country, Texas Wild!
 African Savannah
 2 p.m.  Black bear  Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!
 Aldabra tortoise, saltwater  crocodile or gharial  Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 3 p.m.  Great Barrier Reef
 Mexican long-nosed bat
 Australian Outback
 Mountains & Deserts, Texas Wild!
 3:30 p.m.  African lion
 Toco toucans
 African Savannah
 Raptor Canyon
 4 p.m.  Gorilla
 Black rhino
 World of Primates
 African Savannah



Where's That Ghost? – There’s a ghost on the loose! Help Dr. Rick O’Mortis catch the goofy ghoul.

11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Special Events Pavilion

Halloween Night Fever – Dr. Rick O’Mortis, along with his trusty assistant Nurse Boogie attempt to bring to life a relic from the past, Disco Frankie, so they can have a Halloween party. Stop by, you’ll want to catch the BOOgie fever!

11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., Special Events Pavilion

Fantastical Beasts – This magical animal stage show is for all of you muggles. It’s not Hogwarts but you can learn a thing or two about the care and keeping of Zoo animals and maybe see a spell or two.

Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Outdoor Learning Theater

Dracula the Heckler – Words, like vampires, can bite, but, don’t worry; his barbs are all in good fun.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Texas Town 

Matilda the Witch – See what the resident Boo at the Zoo witch is cooking up in her cauldron.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., World of Primates 

Pumpkin Patch – Stroll through and enjoy pumpkins painted by local residents and Zoo staff. It’s like candy for your eyes!

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waterfowl Walk

Frankenstein and His Doctor – Is the doctor teaching Frankenstein or is Frankenstein teaching the doctor? Ponder on that question and maybe have a laugh or two.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Strolling on Zoo’s main path

Razzmajazz Dixieland Jazz Band – Just try not to tap your toes and smile when you hear happy sounds of this brass trio floating through the Zoo. You can’t. It’s impossible!

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Strolling on Zoo’s main path

Kids’ Craft Zone – Pop by to make a fun, Halloween-themed craft.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (while supplies last), Picnic Outpost

Mysterious Boxes - Are you a tactile learner and aspiring Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes? Stop by Texas Nature Traders to solve the mysterious mystery of what is in the box.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Texas Nature Traders

Bone Rattler Express* - Listen to some Halloween ditties and spot some spooky sites as you ride the rails. One-way tickets are $3 ($2.00 for Zoo members).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kooky Carousel* - The carousel animals have magically turned themselves around. Take a backwards ride if you dare! Tickets are $3 per ride ($2.00 for Zoo members).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*paid attractions

Boo at the Zoo – Special food and merchandise offerings for purchase
  • Hot Dogs, Sausage on a Stick and other treats will be available across from the Outdoor Learning Theater
  • Sausage Corn Dogs will be available at Penguin Snacks.
  • Rice Krispie Treats, assorted Halloween treat bags and Kona Ice will be available in the Special Events Pavilion.
  • Special Halloween merchandise and glitter tattoos will be available in select locations in the park including: Safari Shop, Safari Supplies, Special Events Pavilion and Toadally Texas Treats.
  • Halloween backgrounds will be available at Wild Moments for little ghosts and goblins to strike a pose for a themed photo.

Display Your Pumpkin in the Zoo’s Pumpkin Patch!

The Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo pumpkin patch is open to the public for entries! The Zoo will display pumpkins transformed into works of art created by members of the community. Decorate a pumpkin with paint, stencils, accessories – whatever you can dream up. (Because we don’t want your pumpkin to rot, please do not carve.) Please keep all material family-friendly. No pumpkins of religious nature or politically themed pumpkins, please.

All ages are welcome to apply. Only a select number of pumpkins will be chosen for display at Boo at the Zoo. If your pumpkin is selected for a place in the pumpkin patch, you must be able to drop it off at the Zoo’s Administration Building by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.

All items displayed must be the work of the pumpkin artist.
  • Pumpkin artist must provide his or her own pumpkin and decorating materials.
  • If your pumpkin is selected for display, you will receive one complimentary pass to Boo at the Zoo that can be used any of the three days: Oct. 28, 29 or 30.
  • This is a juried pumpkin patch, unfortunately not all entries will be chosen for display.

Send two to three low-res JPGs of your entry to by Friday, Oct. 21.
Please also include:

  • Boo at the Zoo pumpkin entry” in subject line.
  • Title of your pumpkin art
  •  Name and age of the artist (If your pumpkin is selected, we will display a sign with your name and age next to your pumpkin.)
  • If your pumpkin is chosen for display and you would like it back after Boo at the Zoo, you may pick it up at the Zoo’s Administration Building during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4. Any remaining pumpkins will be disposed of at end of day Friday, Nov. 4.
Pumpkin Selection
  • On Oct. 22 and 23, a committee will select pumpkins for display.
  •  On Oct. 24, all artists whose pumpkins were selected for display will receive an email notification.

A big thank you to Boo at the Zoo’s Presenting Sponsor
Special thanks to Supporting Sponsor
And Contributing Sponsor


And Treat Station Sponsors and Community Partners







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