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Zoo Boo, our annual “merry-not-scary” event, returns to the Detroit Zoo for guests of all ages! Families will love the festive decorations, strolling entertainment, photo opportunities, educational activities and more. The entire Zoo will be open, allowing guests to visit all their favorite animals, learn spooky animal facts and enjoy festive pumpkin displays.


Speaking of pumpkins, Smashing Pumpkins will take place as part of the Zoo Boo festivities. Detroit Zoological Society Staff will provide animals with an assortment of seasonal goodies in the animal habitats to stimulate natural behaviors such as foraging.

Guests, young and old, are encouraged to wear their costumes, and every child visitor will receive a goodie bag upon arrival. Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo presented by Beaumont Children’s promises to be a memorable experience of spooktacular proportions!

Kid in SpiderMan Costume

Zoo Boo will be held on the afternoons of Oct. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m., with the last entry at 5 p.m. The Zoo will close at 1 p.m. on those days to prepare. Please note, this is not a trick-or-treating event.

Family in Costumes

Advance tickets for Zoo Boo start at $13 per person for ages 2 and older. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. Space is limited, and prices vary subject to time and date. Tickets can be purchased either online or on site at Customer Care during daytime Detroit Zoo hours. All tickets must be purchased in advance, walk-up tickets will not be sold at the gate. The best way to guarantee your Zoo Boo experience is to purchase your advance tickets online today. Parking is $8 per car for all Zoo Members and guests.


Zoo Boo is also sponsored by Meijer, T-Mobile, MECU, IBEW Local 58, DTE Energy, KeyBank and Aqua Tots. For more details, please visit

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