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 or membership and packed with fun for the whole family.


Boo at the Zoo is included with Zoo admission or membership.

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 Reserve, Safari Traders the Special Events Pavilion and at the General Store in Texas Town 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 Zoo admission 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 26 - 28) 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.

Click here for the Boo at the Zoo map and handout. (Coming soon!)


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.

Boo at the Zoo will be held if there is light rain, but in the event or even threat of severe weather, such as lightning, hail or flooding, we will cancel the event and make notification via the website and our social media channels.

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 = 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 treat coupons may be purchased at the Zoo entrance, The Reserve, Safari Traders the Special Events Pavilion and at the General Store in Texas Town for $3/six coupons.


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

 10:30 a.m.  Bonobo  World of Primates
 Pink-backed pelican  African Savanna
 11 a.m.  Turtle and tortoise   Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 Giraffe  African Savanna
 11:30 a.m.  Lesser flamingo  Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 Orangutan  World of Primates
 12:30 p.m.  Ring-tailed lemur  Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 1 p.m.  American alligator or alligator snapping turtle  Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!
 Asian elephant  Asian Falls
 1:30 p.m.  Raptor mews  Brush Country, Texas Wild!
 African lion  Upper Path
 2 p.m.  Black bear  Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!
 Saltwater crocodile or gharial  Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
 2:30 p.m.  Hippo  African Savanna
 Mountain lion, jaguar and coyote  Brush Country, Texas Wild!
 3 p.m.  Great Barrier Reef  Australian Outback
 Penguin  Penguins
 3:30 p.m.  African lion  Upper path
 Red wolf  Pineywoods & Swamps, Texas Wild!
 4 p.m.  Western lowland gorilla  World of Primates



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., The Reserve

Doctor Doug M. Upp's Time Machine – When a spooky doctor tries to bring back history's scariest creatures, the results are monstrous.

11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. The Reserve

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

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

Skull-A-Tones Musical Dance Show – These zombie skeletons may not have much muscle tone but they sure can carry a tune as they shake, rattle and roll.

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Texas Town

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

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

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

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 (Sponsored by Crayola Experience Plano) – Pop by to make a fun, Halloween-themed craft.

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

Bone Rattler Express* - Listen to some Halloween ditties and spot some spooky sights as you ride the rails. One-way tickets are $3 ($2 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 $3 per ride ($2 for Zoo members).

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

*paid attractions

Boo at the Zoo – Special food and merchandise offerings for purchase
  • Wild Photos with Halloween-themed borders and light-up bubble cart in The Reserve
  • Sand art and Halloween-themed tattoos at the Special Events Pavilion
  • Cotton candy, popcorn and rice crispy treats at the Special Events Pavilion
  • Spooky Halloween-themed backgrounds at Wild Moments
  • Sausage corn dogs will be available at Penguin Snacks.
  • 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!

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. 25.

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. 26, 27 or 28.
  • This is a juried pumpkin patch, unfortunately not all entries will be chosen for display.

Send two to three low-res photos (preferably JPGs) of your entry to by Friday, Oct. 19.
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 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. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2. Any remaining pumpkins will be disposed of at end of day Friday, Nov. 2.

Pumpkin Selection

  • On Oct. 22 and 23, a Zoo committee will select pumpkins for display.
  •  On Oct. 23, 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 Contributing Sponsors


Treat Station Sponsors


Craft and Activity Sponsors

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