The St. Louis Zoo is a top attraction for kids in St. Louis. During those spooky days leading up to Halloween, the zoo delivers on family friendly fun for tiny goblins and ghosties.
(Updated for 2015)
Boo at the Zoo Nights is a great way to celebrate Halloween with kids who are too young for haunted houses but still want a little spooky fun. The zoo opens at 5:30 pm when it’s not quite dark and runs until 8:30pm. PLEASE BE AWARE that 8:30pm is when they shut down for the night...and not a moment later! Last year we were unable to visit all the attractions because they started shooing guests out the door at 8:30.
Boo at the Zoo Nights runs from October 16 to 30.
Parking and Admission
Parking is FREE during Boo at the Zoo nights! The South Lot will be open and free during Boo at the Zoo!
Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume.
I highly advise getting your tickets in advance–online here. Last year there was a huge line for tickets at the door! So speed things up and get your tickets before you go. (There’s no costume discount online, but you’ll save plenty of time. It’s a bargain.)
What will you see??
Every year they change up Boo at the Zoo a little bit. It doesn’t look like the train will be running, but you can hop on the “Scare-ou-sel” for $3.
There will be a free craft at the Lakeside Cafe, fireside story tellers around the zoo, and kid friendly mazes. You’ll also be able to enjoy the light up displays of ghosts and other spooky creatures scattered around the park. The decorations have really improved over the years, so expect a lot of fun!
Please note that parts of the zoo will be off limits during Boo at the Zoo. And you may not see many animals. BUT they Children’s Zoo is bringing out some animals by the Caribbean Cove, and the Herpetarium will be open!
Kids will get a treat bag on their way out.
Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday (Daytime)
The St. Louis Zoo also does a daytime Boo at the Zoo on Saturday on October 24 from 9am to 3pm. This event is FREE. There will be Activity Stations from 9am to 1pm, and Crafts & Games from 11am to 3pm. There will be Monster Mash dance area!
Come in Costume! (But only if you’re a kid.)
Kids are encouraged to wear costumes during Boo at the Zoo–day or night. In fact, they get a dollar off tickets to the night event if they are in costume. However, anyone over 13 is asked to stay in their street clothes unless they are accompanying a child. No masks or face painting are allowed on any grown up.
It’s not that the zoo wants to squash your fun, they just want to avoid idiots frightening the little kids or getting confused with the costumed entertainers.