Boo at the Zoo, Returns to Bronx Zoo With New Activities

The annual Halloween celebration will kick off Saturday, September 30 and run weekends and holidays through Sunday, October 29. A few highlights include: a Haunted Forest, Hayride, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Carving, Candy Trail, and Bootoberfest. Scheduled activities embrace the spirit of the season while incorporating wildlife. Guests will have an opportunity to meet animals often associated with Halloween folklore including, vultures, owls, and ravens.

This year’s walk-through experience takes an eerie turn through a Haunted Forest. The spooky sounds, creepy crawlies, bats,

spiders will keep guests on their toes as no one knows what (or who) may be lurking around the corner.

The historic Astor Court will be transformed into Bootoberfest with live acoustic musical performances. Grab a bite and a beer from the Bronx Zoo food truck and play some games on the lawn.

Bronx Zoo Animal Keepers will be on hand throughout the park to chat with Halloween revelers about the animals at the zoo while providing holiday-themed enrichment treats to some of the park’s residents.

Other Halloween experiences include: a mentalist who will read your mind; puppet shows, and crafts.

Visit for a complete schedule of dates, performances and activities.


Taking place weekends and Columbus Day

Sept 30 (Saturday) – Oct 29 (Sunday)


Boo at the Zoo activities: (Schedule subject to change.)


Haunted Forest

A haunted walk-through experience with spooky surprises around every corne.r

Ages 12 and up.

Additional ticketed fee: $6 for ticket buyers/$4 for Premium/PLUS Membership holders

Location: By Somba Village

Time: 10am- 5pm


Halloween Hayride & Corn Maze

Hop on a hay wagon, and take a Halloween hayride around a hidden part of the zoo. Then make your way through an interactive corn maze.

All ages

Included with Total Experience and Premium/PLUS Memberships

Time: 10am- 5pm


Pumpkin Carving Demos

Professional pumpkin carvers will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings of wildlife and animals.

All ages

Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

Time: 11am-4pm

Speed carving demos: 11:30am and 2:30pm



Live music performances with games, food and beer

Location: Astor Court

Time: 12-4pm


Costume Parade

Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company.

All ages

Location: Starts at Zoo Center

Time: 12pm and 2pm.


Live Bird Meet & Greet

Visit with owls, ravens, vultures, and other birds

All ages

Location: Astor Court

Time: 11 AM- 3PM

Limited Dates: October 15, 22, 28 & 29 only


Mind Reading Shows

Ages 12 and up

Location: Grizzly Corner

Time: 12:30pm and 2pm


Magic Shows

Ages 12 and under

Location: Grizzly Corner

Time: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm


The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Live Puppet Performances

All ages

Location: Asia Stage

Dates: Sundays Only

Time: 11:30am and 1:30pm


Candy Trail

All ages

Location: Rhino Pathway

Time: 10am to 5pm


Extinct Animal Graveyard

All ages

Location: Mouse House lawn

Time: 10am to 5pm


Halloween crafts

All ages

Location: Dancing Crane Pavilion

Time: 11am – 4pm


Hay Maze

Ages: Under 12

Location: Butterfly Patio

Time: 11am – 5pm


Photos by Julie Larsen Maher

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recommended For You

About the Author: River Journal