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Zoo Boo

October 19 - October 20

Put on your best costume and join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend at the Zoo. Come watch our animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative our keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns!


Zoo Boo lasts from 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, and is appropriate for all ages. Festivities are FREE with zoo admission and everyone in costume will receive a $2 discount off the general zoo admission rate (no masks please). Save up to $2.50 per ticket when you purchase tickets online.

2013 Zoo Boo Treat Stations:

  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight: Stop by and take a guess. You could win a fantastic prize!
  • Mystery Boxes: Some animals use their sense of touch to "see" their environment. Now it's your turn to try!
  • Jeepers Creepers: Don't be afraid--stop by to learn more about creepy crawlies!
  • Bump in the Night: Ever wondered "what was that animal sound?" Here's your chance to find out!
  • Ghoulish Golf: Try for a hole-in-one while maneuvering through a field of ghoulish pumpkins.
  • All About Owls: Dissect an owl pellet and decipher whose hoot is whooose!
  • EYE Spy Scavenger Hunt: See if you can spot the EYE in the decorated areas.



But wait! There's more...

Feeling crafty? Gather your family, friends or co-workers and design a unique scarecrow for the Zoo Boo Scarecrow Alley Contest! Show off your creative side and display your scarecrow at the Zoo from October 19-31. Zoo Boo visitors will vote on their favorite scarecrow, and winners will receive tickets to Zoolights or Northwest Trek Wildlife Park! Entry forms must be submitted by Oct. 16.

In the spirit of the season, Zoo staff & volunteers have built creative and fun Zoo Boo displays. Vote on your favorite Zoo Boo display and help that area win the honored Zoo Boo Trophy!

2013 Zoo Boo Animal Enrichments: 

11:00-3:00 Marine Discovery Center

10:00-12:30, 1:00-3:00 Stingray Cove

11:00-3:00 Meerkat Pumpkin Enrichment, Animal Avenue

11:00 South Pacific Aquarium Encounter

  • Sat: Outer Reef Shark Feed
  • Sun: South Pacific Aquarium Lagoon Feed

11:30 Tarantula Close Encounter, Upper North Pacific Aquarium

11:30 Polar Bear Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk

12:30 Tiger Enrichment & Keeper Talk

1:00 Elephant Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk

1:30 Wild Wonders Close Encounter: Owl, Skunk, Aardvark

2:00 Red Wolves Pumpkin Enrichment & Keeper Talk

2:30 Bat Close Encounter, Upper North Pacific Aquarium

2:30 Primates Enrichment, Asian Forest Sanctuary

3:00 Walrus Enrichment, Rocky Shores



Get a discount coupon to use at South Sound Goodwill stores to get your Halloween costume AND enter to win a family pack of 4 tickets to this year’s Zoo Boo!