Boo at the Zoo 2017 - Washington, D.C.

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    Trick-or-Treat with the Kids at the National Zoo

    Photo © Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

    Boo at the Zoo is a Washington, D.C. favorite Halloween tradition. Children visit the National Zoo at dark and enjoy trick-or-treating, animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails. Proceeds from Boo at the Zoo benefit the Zoo’s conservation science and animal care programs. The Bird House, Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm, Great Cats and the Elephant Community Center will be open and filled with Halloween-themed enrichment for the animals. The event is geared to children ages 4 to 12.

    Dates and TImes: October 20-22, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Admission: Tickets are required and usually sell out in advance. They will be available for FONZ members ($20 per person) on Sept. 1 and for non-members ($30 per person) on Sept. 15. Children ages two and up must have a ticket. You may purchase tickets at

    Boo at the Zoo is held rain or shine. Anyone with questions can call (202) 633-3045.

    Location: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. The best way to get to the Zoo is by public transportation. A complimentary shuttle will run from the Woodley Park metro station to the Zoo. The Connecticut Avenue and Harvard Street entrance will be open open to pedestrians. Limited parking will be available with access through the Connecticut Avenue entrance. Parking must be purchased in advance with your ticket. Rates: FONZ Members: $10, Non-members: $20. See a map of the National Zoo

    Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of Boo at the Zoo in past years.

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    Trick-or-Treaters at Boo at the Zoo

    © FONZ

    Trick-or-treaters come to the National Zoo decked out in their favorite Halloween costumes. Boo at the Zoo is geared toward families with children ages 4-12.

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    Trekking Through the Halloween Decorations

    Photo © FONZ
    The National Zoo is a safe place for families to enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual Halloween celebration.
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    Scary Elephant House

    Photo © FONZ
    Boo at the Zoo visitors follow the trick-or-treat trail to the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Elephant Outpost, where they will learn about human/animal conflict and investigate what scientists learn by studying elephant poop.
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    Trick-or-Treat Stations

    Photo © FONZ
    Forty treat stations are spread throughout the National Zoo. Children get to enjoy trick-or-treating while visiting with their favorite animals at Boo at the Zoo.
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    Kids Farm

    Photo © FONZ
    At Kids’ Farm, special activities include reaching inside the model of a cow’s stomach or visiting the Haunted Barn.
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    More Trick-or-Treaters

    Photo © FONZ
    Visitors follow the haunted trails and explore Boo at the Zoo at their own pace.
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    Reptile House

    Photo © FONZ
    The Reptile House is decorated with spooky spiders for Boo at the Zoo.
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    Adorable Zebra Costume

    Photo © FONZ
    Check out some of the great Halloween costumes at Boo at the Zoo.
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    Boo at the Zoo - Remembering Extinct Species

    © Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

    This photo of Boo at the Zoo reminds visitors that the National Zoo does important work to prevent the extinction of many species of animals. Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween party for families.

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