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Spend a Spook-tacular Day at the L.A. Zoo

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Boo at the LA Zoo is back and it's Fang-tastic! I love that the LA Zoo puts this event together. Halloween feels more and more like an adult holiday every year with the scantily clad costumes and over the top creepy interactive haunts. This event really rings the the Halloween spirit back to the days when it was about the kids. Get kid friendly, mild frights all month long. The event treats guests to Halloween fun with spooky caves, corn stalk maze, pumpkin carving, mad science fire and ice show, puppet shows, crafts, special animal feedings, a Disney Activity station and costume character meet & greets.

Add a little Halloween spirit to your next family outing . It's an event you're sure to love plus It's quite the perfect time to visit the Zoo - all activities are included in your days admission and for only $5.00 more you get to visit the Un-Extinct Exhibit which is in it last months.

Boo At The LA ZOO

The Un-extinct Exhibit
Looks like an overnight expedition at The Un-extinct Exhibit went bad for a few paleontologists

Additional info about Boo at the Zoo Annual Event, Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, October 1 through 31, 2016 10 am – 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

This Halloween season, BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO offers goblins and ghouls of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with fang-tastic fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October beginning Saturday, October 1 and continuing through Monday, October 31, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2016 features daily activities such as spooky caves and a corn stalk maze, while weekends include a “Mad Science Fire and Ice Halloween Show,” “Musical Monster Mash-Up” puppet show, a costumes-encouraged dance party, boo-tiful Halloween themed crafts, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, special animal feedings and other family fun including a “Disney Activity Station" and costume character meet-and-greets with PJ Masks and Peppa Pig on select weekends. Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with paid Zoo admission. Check for details and daily schedules. In a twist on a more traditional Halloween haunted house, the Zoo brings back its one-of-a-kind spooky cave experience in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, filled with shadows and projections of slithering snakes and crawling spiders, eerie sounds and other special effects. Other daily activities include a corn stalk maze filled with hair-raising Halloween scenes, among them a haunted barn, and a "freaky frame" photo op. Guests can get up close and personal to some of the Zoo's scaly, slithery creatures at “Animals and You” encounters, with tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and more at 10: 45 and 11:45 am daily, plus an extra show at 12:45 pm on weekends. Weekends at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO feature extra entertainment and education attractions including a “Mad Science Fire and Ice Show” at 2:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday designed to have children on the edge of their seats as fire appears from thin air, ice remains unmelted, potions bubble and eerie fog envelops the stage. The mischievous magic continues with pumpkin-carving demonstrations, Halloween-themed crafts, "Swazzle’s Musical Monster Mash-Up" puppet show featuring silly songs and sing-alongs, and the GEC Street Team providing break dancers, DJs, nostalgic family stage games and prizes. Zoo residents celebrate along with everyone, so guests are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for seasonal feedings, with plant eaters enjoying pumpkins and carnivores consuming carcasses (parental discretion advised for the latter) on select dates. On the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, October 22- 23 and 29-30, the Zoo partners with Disney to add activities and giveaways previewing the upcoming release of the animated film Moana. Stations from KIND Healthy Snacks, the LA Federal Credit Union, and ScholarShare add to the Halloween happenings throughout the month. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO's Halloween bash concludes on Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30 with traditional trick-or-treat stations throughout the grounds and special costume character meet-and-greets with PJ Masks and Peppa Pig. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles. Programing subject to change. Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles' Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information about Boo At The Zoo, call (323) 644-6001 or visit For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.

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