Philadelphia Zoo Hosts Annual “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween Extravaganza

Join the Zoo as it conjures some festive fun for this creepy, crawly celebration

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (September 16, 2015)-- Zoo hosts its annual “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween celebration for two spooky weekends on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children are encouraged to come in costume, visit their favorite animals and trick-or-treat at stations throughout the Zoo, collecting sweets and treats along the way. This wild extravaganza also features spellbinding storytelling, creepy crafts and ghoulish games such as pumpkin bowling, tombstone musical chairs and more.

Embark on a scavenger hunt and discover your favorite animals in the form of life-size scarecrows, pose for  pictures in front of the giant pumpkin wall and visit the spooky “extinction graveyard” to learn about the extinct species around the world and those that could be extinct in the wild in just 15 years! Be sure to stop by for some eerie ink at tattoo stations throughout the Zoo. Enjoy festive fall offerings, including hot apple cider, Halloween sippers filled with a witch’s brew, delicious candy apples and much more. Explore the Sustainable Palm Oil Zone and learn why Halloween is an orangutan’s favorite holiday and how you can help save these endangered species. 

“‘Boo at the Zoo’ is fun for the whole family and a great way to celebrate Halloween with your favorite animals,” says Amy Shearer, Philadelphia Zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It is one of the most exciting times to visit the Zoo, and a wonderful way to kick off the fall. We have a lot of festive games and activities planned, so there is fun to be had by all this spooky season!”
Fall in to autumn with the Zoo’s annual “Beast Feast” celebration during the first two weekends of October. Encounter Zoo animals play with, eat and enjoy pumpkins and other seasonal treats to celebrate fall on October 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th. Marvel as magnificent big cats and great apes frolic and toss around their pumpkins and other harvest goodies. Animals will receive a pumpkin every half hour between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
“Boo at the Zoo” and “Beast Feast” are included with regular Zoo admission. For more information or to purchase Zoo tickets visit


America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility.