Washington Park Zoo will host Boo at the Zoo; October 23, 24, and 31

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Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

Boo at the Zoo is Back!  Our annual “merry-not-scary” event, returns to the Washington Park Zoo, 115 Lake Shore Drive, in Michigan City for guests of all ages from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Families will love the festive decorations and photo opportunities.  Pumpkin Chomping for the animals will take place as part of the Boo festivities. TBD- Timed-entry tickets or reservations may be required. More details will be coming, based on the state’s current COVID status for LaPorte County.

 Animal Care Staff will provide animals with plenty of other seasonal goodies as well to stimulate natural behaviors.  Guests, young and old, are encouraged to wear their costumes, and every child visitor will receive a goodie bag. Please note, this is not a trick-or-treating event due to the lingering effects of Covid.

Zoo activities are included with general Zoo admission and free for WPZoo members, but you must have your card and a photo ID.

For more information call 219-873-1510 or, visit www.washingtonparkzoo.com

Zoo closes for the season Sunday, Oct. 31; current hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Yoohoo! It’s ZooBoo in Indy


Join us from Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 31 for our spectacular event, YooHoo! It’s BooZoo. Hours are every Wed. and Thurs., from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Is regular October too humdrum, but haunted houses too creepy-crawly? Come to the Zoo for Halloween activities, amazing animals and pumpkins galore! ZooBoo is always a fun family experience for itty-bitty ghouls and goblins, as well as the bigger kids. October weather means active animals, colorful foliage and a new season to explore. Combine that with engaging, hands-free activities, spooktacular costumes and trick-or-treating — plus, the chance to boogie-woogie to a live DJ — and you’ve got an unforgettable family tradition. Woo-hoo!

Best of all, ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission.


Pumpkin Town

The Bicentennial Pavilion is home to a whimsical village with adorable cats, fancy rats and Mayor Jack who keeps guests on their toes with his boo-worthy jokes! Professor Pumpkin leads mystifying science demonstrations for little witches and wizards at Pumpkin School. While snakes, rats and other not-so-scary creatures scurry in Jack’s Barn, you can also see Caretaker Kris’ collection of spooky skulls. Plus, the dance party is always going with Halloween hits from Patch Radio!


More ZooBoo Fun

  • Meet Terra, a friendly witch, as she conjures up some Halloween magic at her cauldron
  • NEW spooky décor throughout Zoo grounds featuring ghouls and a larger-than-life spider
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail — including 5 treat stations in a NEW location near the front of the Zoo
  • Adult Trick-or-Treat Trail, presented by Goose Island — Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Round-Go-Merry — the carousel that moves in reverse. Open until 7:00 p.m.
  • Spooktacular Train Ride — Enjoy a ride for a special view of the Zoo behind the scenes. Open until 7:00 p.m.

All Treats and No Tricks! – Little ghouls and goblins can collect goodies along the Trick or Treat Trail

  • Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a reusable bag to collect treats.
  • Visit five treat stations in a new location near the front of the Zoo.
  • Look for hand sanitizer along the trail, with additional sanitizing stations throughout ZooBoo.
  • Allergy-friendly treats and non-food items are available at each treat station upon request.
  • We proudly provide only items that are palm oil-free, contain sustainably sourced palm oil or are produced by a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is working to make orangutan-friendly palm oil readily available.
  • Find an orangutan-friendly Halloween candy list or check out the mobile app from our friends at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 

Zoo Animals – Mild fall temperatures mean animals will be more active!

Watch as many animals enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment and extra animal chats throughout the event. View the ZooBoo map for the full schedule.

The elephant herd gets into the Halloween spirit with the squash-splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash!

  • Arrive early to visit your favorite furry friends before ZooBoo activities begin at 2:00 p.m.
  • With ZooBoo open late on Fridays and Saturdays, you can also visit Oceans, Dolphin Pavilion, Deserts Dome and Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center until 9:00 p.m. on those nights.
  • Our Forests, Flights of Fancy and Plains exhibits will remain open until dusk.

The Indianapolis Zoo is located at 1200 Washington. St., Indpls. You can reach us by calling 317-630-2021.

For on-line ticket purchase, visit www.indyzoo.com.

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