The Indianapolis Zoo Comes Alive During ZooBoo

Enjoy spooky fun with your favorite animals!


Tiffany Dailey

Get more use out of your Halloween costumes this year with the Indianapolis Zoo's annual ZooBoo event. Combining trick or treating, special animal exhibits and Halloween-themed activities, this popular family-friendly event is sure to produce great memories. Listed below are some of the special activities you can expect when visiting ZooBoo:

Animal Exhibits

A trip to the zoo means seeing the animals and there are plenty to see at ZooBoo. Extra animal talks throughout the zoo help children learn more about their favorite critters. The animals are alert in the cooler weather and later hours. This is a great opportunity to see some of your favorite creatures up and about. There's a special dolphin show featuring Halloween music and animal activities throughout the zoo such as elephant pumpkin smash and bat feeding demonstrations.

Safe Trick or Treating

As if your kids aren't going to get enough candy this Halloween, help them get an early start with ZooBoo trick or treating. Trick or treat stations are sprinkled throughout the Plains animal exhibits.

Activity Centers and Obstacle Course

There are two activity centers for the kids. Children can create crafts, learn to draw animals, enjoy magic shows, guess animal artifacts and sit in a real Indianapolis Motor Speedway car. Other activities include pumpkin bowling, monster music, bounce house, spider toss and cookie decorating The Kroger Splash Park is all dried up, but an obstacle course is set up especially for ZooBoo. Let your kids work off all that extra candy-induced energy as they race through the course.

Costume Parade

Here's a chance to show off the Halloween costumes! Join the costume parade as it winds through the zoo. The parade is held twice a night.

Halloween Train Ride & Carousel

Enjoy the special holiday-themed rides. Rides include the carousel which runs backwards during zooboo, the Roller Ghoster and a special Halloween train ride. Each require ride tickets, available for an additional fee.

Enjoy Favorite Fall Treats

There's nothing like walking out in the crisp fall air and sipping a hot beverage. During ZooBoo, various fall treats are available to purchase such as brain cupcakes, Barvarian nuts, pumpkin cheesecake, hot chocolate and coffee.

Review of the Event

ZooBoo is a fun family event. I attended this year with my friends and all our young children (ages four and younger). My son loved the trick or treating. This year, there were five stations set up. I most enjoyed seeing all the kids in their adorable costumes. Because of the cooler weather, animals that are usually listless when we visit were actually moving. I've never seen the rhinos do anything but laze about in the mud. But this visit, they were out walking and standing close to the rails, giving us a great look.

We attended the dolphin show and there were a few "eerie" songs played while the dolphins jumped around, but otherwise, the Halloween theme was not evident. The show was a bit lackluster due to a shortage of dolphin tricks. I suspect that a few of the dolphins were not being cooperative. I've seen the show in the past and it was much more exciting. So I think it was just not their best night.

If you want to get a lot of cute photos with your kids in their Halloween costumes, ZooBoo provides many great backdrops. Throughout the zoo, the decorated areas are set up for just this purpose. We didn't participate in a lot of the activities, but we were very happy with our afternoon. Being there with younger children, just a little bit of excitement wore us all out. We left exhausted but happy. ZooBoo provides a fun fall event for the family and I'll be sure to attend again next year.

´╗┐Event Information

ZooBoo runs October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. and is free with regular zoo admission. Admission to the Indianapolis Zoo now varies, depending on what day of the week and month you attend. See their website and purchase tickets in advance for best pricing. Parking is $6. Children two and under are free.

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