Boo at the Zoo
Imagine this: The first house you visit while trick-or-treating is a tiger’s den, followed by a visit to a Mexican spider monkey canopy home and ending with a stop at a river otter’s waterside burrow. No, this isn't some Halloween special of The Jungle Book; it’s the county’s favorite Halloween festivity, the Palm Beach Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo.
For more than 15 years, Boo at the Zoo has been delighting children and parents, giving kids an excuse to don a costume and prowl the zoo grounds like an escapee, collecting candy as they go. This year, the zoo’s party is getting raucous with a slew of activities to burn out those sugar highs. From October 18-20 and 25-27, families can go trick-or-treating, enjoy roving animal encounters, get crafty with art projects (like the decorate-your-own pumpkin patch), wile out at the bounce house, boogie at the Monster Mash dance party, scavenge the hay stack hunt and enter the costume contest—always a fan favorite.
- Boo at the Zoo is free with admission to the zoo.
- The Halloween festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The popular Safari Nights get a distinct Boo at the Zoo makeover October 18 and 25, extending the festivities from 5:30-9 p.m.
- For more information, see palmbeachzoo.org.
For those looking to spend a little downtime with the animals, the zoo is throwing a sleepover October 19. The Spooky Snooze, geared for children ages 6 and older (parent or guardian must attend), will include animal encounters, a nighttime tour of the zoo, arts and crafts activities and a pizza party thrown in the mix. Guests will set up camp in the Pioneer House in the Florida section of the zoo. But worry not, the black bears and panther will be tucked in tightly in their enclosures.