Boo at the L.A. Zoo

October 1 through 31
10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, with special entertainment and activities on weekends.
Free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership.

This Halloween, let’s hear you howl with delight!

The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo, where guests can enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. On the last two weekends of the month (October 22/23 and 29/30), enjoy trick or treating stations featuring candies courtesy of our proud partner, Mars. Costumes are encouraged!

Free daytime access to enjoy special programming like Boo at the L.A. Zoo is just one of the many benefits of membership. Learn more and join today!

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Daily Adventures

Spooky Stroll

Make your way down a mysterious path of hauntingly festive décor for some hair-raising photo ops.

Extinct Animal Graveyard

Honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour

Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.


Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion!

Weekend Adventures

“Spooktacular Science” Show

Witness a mad scientist conjuring spine-tingling experiments, bubbling potions, and other fun surprises in his spirited lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Creature Treats

Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See schedule below.

EERIE Education Stations

Stop by to learn some fascinating facts that will delight and amaze. Stations include:

  • California Critters: Discover the hauntingly amazing native wildlife of California by examining their bones and listening for their calls.  Some of these animals may even live in your neighborhood!
  • Owl-EEN! Learn about these birds of prey by examining skulls, feathers, and owls pellets.
  • Fact or Fiction? Animals are so awesome, it’s scary! Can you tell which adaptation belongs to a fantastical beast and which two are real facts?

Special Weekend Animal Feedings

October 1

Meerkats at 11 a.m.
Giant otters at 11:30 a.m.
Asian elephants at Cambodian Pavilion at 1:30 p.m.

October 2

Red river hogs at 11:30 a.m. 
Mountain tapirs in South America at 1:30 p.m.

October 8

Cassowaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

October 9

Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Badger at 1:30 p.m.

October 15

Flamingos at 11:30 a.m.
Nursery animals at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo at 1:30 p.m.

October 16

Piranhas at 11:30 a.m.
Red river hogs at 1:30 p.m.

October 22

African painted dogs at 11:30 a.m.
Tortoise at 1:30 p.m.

October 23

Howler monkeys at Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Red river hogs at 1:30 p.m.

October 29

Peccaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguar at 1:30 p.m.

October 30

Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Asian elephants at Cambodian Pavilion at 1:30 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat Weekends

October 22/23 and 29/30 only

Find treat stations throughout the Zoo offering premium wildlife-friendly treats made with sustainable ingredients, courtesy of our proud partner, Mars. Available while supplies last. Please bring your own treat bag or consider purchasing one at our International Marketplace shops. To reduce waste, we will not be distributing free treat bags.

Costume Policy

Adults and children are welcome to dress in Halloween costumes for their visit to the Zoo during our Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treating days. To allow for an enjoyable experience for everyone, we do not allow full face masks, weapons, obscenity, or anything that could cause disturbance to either patrons or animals. Please note that protective face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are recommended for all guests aged 2 and older in indoor and enclosed public settings such as the LAIR, Safari Shuttle, and retail and food service locations.

Upper-Level Member Early Morning

October 29 (Saturday)
8:30 – 10 a.m.

GLAZA members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences. Please watch your email for an invitation to RSVP. To upgrade your support in order to attend, email [email protected]

Member Early Morning Animal Feedings at 9 a.m

  • Sloth
  • Flamingos
  • Giant otters

Please bring your membership card and valid photo ID for admission. Guest passes will not be honored for this event. This event is for Family Deluxe members and higher. Thank you for your GLAZA membership support!

A Handy Guide for Candy

How’s this for scary? Unsustainable palm oil production is the primary threat to wild habitats in tropical regions, pushing critically endangered animals like the Bornean orangutan further toward possible extinction. You can help by making smart shopping choices, starting with Halloween candy selection. Check out the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s candy buying guide or download their handy Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App. Through the app, you can scan a product’s barcode to find out if it’s made with unsustainable palm oil and receive suggestions for orangutan-friendly choices. Use it to guide all your shopping selections, not just the sweet ones!

For information about Mars’ Palm Positive Plan—which delivers sustainable, deforestation-free palm oil while supporting human rights—visit their website.

While You’re at Boo at the L.A. Zoo…

Ofrenda display at the Los Angeles Zoo
Photo by Jamie Pham

During your visit, you’re invited to enjoy and co-create the Beloved Pets Ofrenda located in Entry Plaza! Available every day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 8 through November 2. On weekends, Zoo staff will be on hand to facilitate, with a photo printer and various art supplies available. Learn more.