Boo at the Zoo
Halloween-themed entertainment will be located throughout the Zoo for all guests to enjoy, including:
- Animal shows at the Outdoor Learning Theater
- Stroll through the Pumpkin Patch to see pumpkins decorated by members of the community, local celebrities and Fort Worth Zoo staff
- Entertainment throughout the Zoo
- Tot Spot, carnival games,* Spooky Strings marionette puppet show and Drummin’ Monkeys stage show in the Special Events Pavilion
- Live music from Casa Kids and School of Rock in Texas Town and Razzmajazz Dixieland Jazz Band in Safari Village
- Treat stations* throughout the Zoo (Safari Village, Special Events Pavilion, Texas Town and Texas Nature Traders)
- Get up close and personal with more than 20 Wild Encounters with our zookeepers as they deliver amazing facts and stats about your favorite wild things!
- Craft station in Picnic Outpost
- Mystery Boxes in Texas Nature Traders
*Some Boo at the Zoo activities require a coupon. Zoo guests and members will receive six Boo at the Zoo coupons (per admission ticket/Zoo membership) at the Zoo’s main ticket booth at no additional cost. Coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire park and/or in the carnival area, located in the Special Events Pavilion. Online ticket purchasers may stop by any ticket booth line to pick up coupons.
Zoo members can pick up their Boo at the Zoo coupons at Member Services or any of the ticket booth lines!
Boo at the Zoo is a family friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for all ages. Adults must leave their face clearly visible at all times.
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! For the first time ever, 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 dream up. (Because we don’t want your pumpkin to rot, please do not carve.) Please keep all material family friendly.
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., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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. 24, 25 or 26, 2014.
Send two to three low-res JPGs of your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
Please also include:
- 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. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
On Oct. 18 and 19, a committee will select pumpkins for display. On Oct. 20, all artists whose pumpkins were selected for display will receive an email notification.
By sponsoring an event at the Fort Worth Zoo, your company will benefit from corporate exposure through advertising and collateral, including event signage, invitations, Zoo publications and our website. For more sponsorship information, please click here.
Boo at the Zoo FAQs
- Some Boo at the Zoo activities require a coupon. Zoo guests and members will receive six Boo at the Zoo coupons (per admission ticket/Zoo membership) at the Zoo’s main ticket booth at no additional cost. Coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire park and/or in the carnival area, located in the Special Events Pavilion.
- Treat stations are located throughout the Zoo in Safari Village, the Special Events Pavilion, Texas Town and Texas Nature Traders.
- Additional Boo at the Zoo coupons are available for purchase at all ticket booths at the front of the Zoo and in the Special Events Pavilion for $3/six.
- Halloween-themed merchandise will be available at select retail locations including the Safari Shop, Safari Supplies and the Special Events Pavilion.
- Purchase a Halloween background photo at Wild Moments. Plus, every photo receives a free spooky mask!
- Fall food items will be available a select locations in the Zoo including:
- Fudge dipped apples, pumpkin flavored fudge and Halloween-themed Rice Krispie® treats at Toadally Texas Treats in Texas Town
- Sausage on a stick and turkey legs near the Outdoor Learning Theater
- Sausage corn dogs at Penguin Snacks