FAQ

  • Food and Gift Options

    Table 28, Cup & Pint, Buddy’s Pizza, Boardwalk Station and Mitten Market will be open for food and beverage service during your Zoo Boo experience. Make sure to visit Zoofari Market and Photo Memories to purchase your favorite Detroit Zoo keepsake before you depart! Credit or debit cards are strongly preferred as means of payment.

  • Rides

    The Tauber Family Railroad and the Carousel will be open for your enjoyment during Zoo Boo. Tickets for the train are $3 per person for a one-way ride, and the carousel is $3 per rider.

  • Costumes

    Guests of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes!

  • Dates

    Zoo Boo will be held October 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24th.

  • Price

    Advance tickets start at $13 per person, ages 2 and older. Parking is $8 per vehicle for all attendees.

      • Children younger than 2 are admitted free.
      • Tickets must be purchased in advance online or in Customer Care during regular Zoo hours.
      • Walk-up tickets will not be available on event days.
      • The number of tickets available is limited.
      • Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours
  • Treat
    • Every child visitor will receive a goodie bag upon arrival filled with a selection of treats and other fun goodies for the holiday season.
    • This is not a trick-or-treating event.
  • Allergy Info

    While we do not include candy with peanuts and tree nuts in the goodie bags, some items may be made in a facility that processes these products.

  • Animal Habitats
    • All 125 acres of the Detroit Zoo will be open for Zoo Boo
    • Most indoor areas will be open for Zoo Boo. Current exceptions include the Wild Adventure Zone, Great Apes of Harambee building and Rhinoceros building. The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is also closed for repairs.
  • Parking

    Parking is $8 per car for all Zoo Boo attendees, including Detroit Zoo Members.

  • Refunds
    • Zoo Boo is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds will be provided.
    • Visitors who try to visit on a different date of Zoo Boo will be required to pay a change fee per ticket.
    • Event tickets may not be used for general admission to the Detroit Zoo.
  • Safety Guidelines

    You can read the current safety guidelines at detroitzoo.org/health. We are updating the page often.

  • Mask Policy
    • The Detroit Zoological Society has revised safety protocols. Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required indoors for people age five and older. It is our goal to make the Zoo experience one that is safe for our visitors, staff and animals. Let’s work together.  Please be respectful, help each other and help protect the endangered animals.
    • We all have a shared responsibility to keep guests, volunteers, staff and the animals who live here safe. Guests who do not comply with the Detroit Zoo’s policies may be escorted from the Zoo.
    • Face masks are for sale at the Detroit Zoo’s Zoofari Market.
    • Halloween costume masks are not accepted as an approved face covering for indoor locations.