Boo at the Zoo

  • 01 of 03

    Halloween Fun at the Los Angeles Zoo

    Corn Maze at Boo at the Zoo
    Photo by Jamie Pham, courtesy of the LA Zoo

    The LA Zoo is always a good time.  So is Halloween in Los Angeles.  Put them together and you can’t go wrong. 

    Boo at the Zoo is an annual event that transforms the Los Angeles Zoo during Halloween season with fun seasonal activities for the kids. It runs from October 1 to 31.

    The Spooky Caves, which are a permanent zoo fixture, gets a creepy makeover including added spider webs and other creepy crawlies and projections of spiders and snakes. Kids love making their way in the dark, with all the echoing, creepy sounds in the caves.  One part of the caves, you have to crawl through and it's a tight squeeze for adults.  Of course, checking out all the critters, such as the scorpions and tarantulas, is also enticing. 

    For 2016, the corn stalk maze is back, which is more mysterious than the hay bale maze they had last year, since the kids can't see right over the top. It's scattered with pumpkins, creepy old fences, spider webs, tombstones and a plethora of Halloween creatures to keep kids cringing. 

    Nearby, there's a "Freaky Frame" photo op where you can take Halloween selfies.  The wall is full of ghostly portraits and there are two “empty frames” where you can stand behind the wall and become part of the portrait wall.  

    After visiting the projected snakes in the cave, you can stop by The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) to see real snakes, turtles, fish and a fantastic collection of other creatures. This is a permanent exhibit, but kids never seem to get enough of the slithering selection, so this is always a favorite. 

    On the weekend, there are a bunch of added attractions like pumpkin carving demonstrations, Halloween crafts and entertainment. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm, the “Mad Science Fire and Ice Show" uses science to create magical special effects like fire appearing out of thin air and ice that won't melt. Other entertainment includes "Swazzle’s Musical Monster Mash-Up" puppet show featuring silly songs and sing-alongs. There are also DJs, break dancers and family stage games. throughout the day.

    On the weekends of October 22-23 and 29-30, there will be additional activities and giveaways related to the release of the Disney animated film Moana. On October 29-30, there will be trick-or-treating stations throughout the park and character meet-and-greets with PJ Masks and Peppa Pig.

    Everything is very easy to find. The zoo itself can be a maze, but with signs, helpful staff, and conveniently located activities, you can easily to find all the Halloween fun.  Reuseable “trick-or-treat” or shopping bags are handed out as you enter the zoo, sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, you have to wait until Halloween weekend to trick-or-treat. 

    Boo at the Zoo is a great, age-appropriate outing to celebrate Halloween with the kids in Los Angeles. Boo at the Zoo takes place annually at the LA Zoo for the month of October. Kids are welcome to wear costumes. A two-day combo ticket is available with Scarium of the Pacific at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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  • 02 of 03

    Entering the Spooky Caves at Boo at the Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo
    Photo by Jamie Rector, licensed to About.com

    Kids braving the Spooky Caves during the annual Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo. 

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  • 03 of 03

    Inside the Spooky Caves at Boo at the Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo
    Photo by Jamie Rector, licensed to About.com

    My kids loved the giant creepy crawlies inside the Spooky Caves at  Boo at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo.