Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

No tricks here, Boo at the Zoo is back! Enjoy treat stations, themed entertainment, animal shows and more. This festive daytime event is free with Zoo admission or membership and packed with fun for the whole family. 
Join us Oct. 29, 30 and 31 during park hours.

Insider tips

One of DFW’s most beloved Halloween traditions is back for its 30th year! Boo at the Zoo is a popular time to visit the Zoo. And with nearly 7,000 animals to see and 64 acres to explore, we’re ready for you! A couple of insider tips:

  • Allow extra time for traffic and parking. Designated Fort Worth police officers will be on-site directing traffic and coordinating with Zoo staff to keep visitors moving into one of our multiple parking lots.
  • The Zoo is maximizing its resources to keep traffic moving efficiently. Follow the car in front of you (or the direction of police officers/Zoo staff) to enter the event as quickly as possible.
  • Boo at the Zoo is rain or shine! In the event or threat of severe weather, such as lightning, hail or flooding, we will cancel the event and make notifications via the website and our social media channels. Otherwise, add some rain gear to your costume and join us!
  • Check the schedule of keeper chats and stage shows to help plan your day. These schedules are listed below.
  • Wear your costumes! Adults (ages 13 and older), please keep your faces visible and identifiable, free from any heavy makeup or full-faced costume masks.


Boo at the Zoo is included with Zoo admission or membership. General admission tickets are valid for one visit within 30 days from date of purchase.

If you plan to use your general admission ticket for Boo at the Zoo, do not purchase tickets until October 1, 2021.

Treat stations 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 entrance at no additional cost. Additional treat coupons may be purchased ($3 for six coupons) at the designated merchandise locations around the park. Treat coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire Zoo.

*** Please Note ***

Free treat coupons are included with paid general admission tickets, consignment tickets, member IDs and POGO pass holders. POGO pass holders must pick up their tickets from member services.

Free treat coupons are not included with complimentary tickets but may be purchased ($3 for six coupons) at the Zoo entrance and select merchandise locations throughout the park.

Members, online ticket holders, and consignment ticket holders will pick up treat coupons at the scanning stations with a valid member card or admission ticket. Temporary membership cards can be picked up from the member services office.

Parking in the Zoo’s main lot is $5 per vehicle.


Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for all ages. For everyone’s safety, all adults (ages 13 and older) must leave their faces clearly visible and identifiable at all times – adults in heavy makeup or full-faced costume masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.


Trick-or-treat at treat stations located throughout the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Treat stations require a treat coupon
  • One coupon = four 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 treat coupons may be purchased ($3 for six coupons) at the Zoo entrance, Safari Traders, Ocean Traders and the General Store in Texas Wild!.

Keeper chats

Learn incredible facts and helpful conservation information at Wild Encounters keeper chats with our zookeepers as they deliver amazing facts and stats about your favorite wild things!




10:30 a.m.


World of Primates

11 a.m.


African Savanna


World of Primates

11:30 a.m.

Lesser flamingo

Flamingo Bay

Black Rhino

African Savanna

12:30 p.m.

Komodo dragon


Aldabra tortoise & turtle


1 p.m.

Asian elephant

Elephant Springs

American alligator, snapping turtle & North American river otter

Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!

1:30 p.m.

Greater one-horned rhino

Elephant Springs

Raptor Mew (birds of prey)

Brush Country,Texas Wild!

2 p.m.

Black bear

Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!

Saltwater crocodile & gharial


2:30 p.m.


African Savanna

Mountain lion & jaguar

Brush Country, Texas Wild!


3 p.m.

Pink-backed pelican

African Savanna




3:30 p.m.

Black rhino

African Savanna

Western lowland gorilla

World of Primates

Entertainment and stage shows

Professor Pop's Bubble Show – Don’t you wish you loved anything as much as children love bubbles? This is a whole show full of bubble tricks sure to delight guests of all ages.  

10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., Special Events Pavilion

Hoo-Booville – In this festive show a friendly scarecrow is ready to have some fun with music, marionette puppets and magic.

11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., Texas Town in Texas Wild!

Renfield the Bat You’ve never met a more fun bat! Renfield will have the kids up, movin’ and groovin’.  

            11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4 p.m., Special Events Pavilion

Mad Scientist Animal Stage Show – Every mad scientist needs a furry or not-so-furry sidekick!

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

Magical Monster Mash – This Halloween show includes magic, music and audience participation.

10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., The Reserve

Pumpkin Patch – Be sure to take a gander at this gourdeous gathering of pumpkins painted by local residents and Zoo staff.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waterfowl Walk, across the main path from MOLA

Strolling Characters – Keep an eye out for special, beloved characters roaming the main path. Perfect for a photo op!

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Zoo main path

Razzmajazz – Try not to tap your toes and smile when you hear the happy sounds of this brass trio.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Zoo main path

Kids’ Coloring Zone – Pop by to spend some time coloring the Halloween-themed banner along the construction fence.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along the Zoo main path

Bone Rattler Express* – Listen to some Halloween ditties and spot some spooky sights as you ride the rails. One-way tickets are $4 ($3 for Zoo members).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Safari Depot and Texas Depot

Kooky Carousel* - The carousel animals have magically turned themselves around. Take a backward ride, if you dare! Tickets are $4 per ride ($3 for Zoo members).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Texas Town, across from the train depot

*paid attractions

Boo at the Zoo – Special food and merchandise offerings for purchase

  • Light-up bubble wands in the Special Events Pavilion
  • Spooky Halloween-themed backgrounds at Wild Moments photography
  • Sausage on a stick available at Penguin Snacks and Savanna Grill
  • Caramel apples, rice crispy treats, as well as fall flavors of fudge at Toadally Texas Treats
  • Halloween-themed glitter tattoos at the jail cart in Texas Wild!


Visit the Pumpkin Patch

The Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Pumpkin Patch will display pumpkins transformed into works of art created by members of the community. 

Scout your route and get a glimpse of what's in store using the map below!

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open only to U.S. residents ages 21 and older who legally reside in Texas. Entries accepted online only between Sept. 1, 2021 to Oct. 26, 2021. Employees, board members and their families are not eligible. One entry per household. The winner will be selected in a random drawing on Oct. 27, 2021. The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond; if no response is received, a runner-up will be selected. To request the winner’s information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Schaefer Advertising
Attn: Digital
1228 S. Adams St. 
Fort Worth, TX 76104






Sponsorship opportunities for Boo at the Zoo are still available! Click here to contact our development team for more information.