Enjoy ZooBoo for 20 days this year!


A family Halloween event at The Indianapolis Zoo promises 20 days of fun in October! Here's the Zoo's press release:


For four decades, the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration, ZooBoo, has been a fall tradition for families across Central Indiana. This year, guests can enjoy 20 days full of spooktacular fun, active animals, new, larger-than-life décor and more.


ZooBoo, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers, begins Oct. 6 and continues every Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 31. The Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m.; event activities run from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and 2-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Zoo members can preview the event from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5.


There will be extended hours on the most popular evenings. Cooler October temperatures also mean more active animals, and many even join in the Halloween fun with extra chats and themed enrichment activities, like the squash-splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, the magic of Halloween comes to life in Pumpkin Town, where Mayor Jack hosts lots of family-friendly activities and even a little hocus pocus.


In Jack’s Barn, guests can meet black kittens that are available for adoption through Indiana Animal Care Services. Broomstick Alley is back and challenges children to maneuver a jack o’ lantern through the obstacle course using a broom. The Zoo’s rides feature a wild twist, like the Round-Go-Merry — the carousel that moves in reverse.


Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a reusable bag to collect goodies along the Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by PNC, now in a new location near the front of the Zoo. Five stations provide conservation-conscious treats that contain only certified sustainable palm oil. Allergy-friendly treat options are available upon request.

The Adult Trick-or-Treat Trail offers free beer sampling for guests ages 21 and older from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Craft beers and themed cocktails will be available for purchase in Pumpkin Town.

ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Visit IndianapolisZoo.com for advance tickets and more information. The Zoo is at 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 46222.