Boo at the Zoo Offers Halloween Fun for Kids

Boo at the Zoo at St. Louis Zoo
••• Decorations for Boo at the Zoo. Photo by Roger Brandt, courtesy St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is a great place to take the kids any time of year, but for some spooky fun plan a visit in October during Boo at the Zoo. The annual family-friendly Halloween celebration gives children (and their parents) the chance to explore the Zoo at night, take in the colorful decorations, make crafts and more. Here's information on what to see and do at Boo at the Zoo.

For more ideas on celebrating Halloween with the kids, see Top Family-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis and Where to Pick Pumpkins in St. Louis.

Dates and Admission

Boo at the Zoo is held each year in the weeks leading up to Halloween. In 2016, Boo at the Zoo is October 18-30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Zoo will also host a Spooky Saturday party for kids on October 29.

Most events at the St. Louis Zoo are free, but Boo at the Zoo is one of a handful of annual events that charge a nominal admission fee. The cost is $6 for Zoo members and $7 for non-members. Children younger than two get in free. Kids ages two to 12 who are dressed in costume also get a $1 discount on the price of admission. Parking is free at the Zoo's south lot.

Kid-Friendly Fun

Boo at the Zoo offers all kinds of kid-friendly fun. Children can wander through the Fragile Forest Fairyland, hear spooky stories around the campfire and make Halloween crafts. At The Children's Zoo, there are live animal shows at 6 p.m., and 7 p.m., each night. An important note for parents: Kids receive treat bags when they leave, but there is no trick-or-treating during Boo at the Zoo.

More Activities

Another fun way to enjoy Boo at the Zoo is by taking a night walk through the Zoo grounds. Check out the creepy, crawly creatures at the Herpetarium and learn all about spiders, insects and frogs. Kids who don't want to venture too far, may like to take a spin of the Conservation Carousel.

The popular ride is decked out in cob webs and other Halloween decorations during Boo at the Zoo. Each ride is $3 and Zoo members can use their passes.

Spooky Saturday

If you can't make it to the Zoo in the evenings, there's always the Spooky Saturday party on the Saturday before Halloween. Children can learn all about animals at educational stations set up throughout the Zoo. It's a real treat to watch the animals chomp and stomp the pumpkins they're given for the day. During the party, kids also have the chance to meet costumed characters, make crafts and play games. The Spooky Saturday party is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.