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Boo at the Zoo – Smithsonian’s National Zoo

October 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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One event on October 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm

One event on October 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm


Boo at the Zoo features more than 40 treat stations and after-hours access to exhibits, including the Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Great Cats. Kids will love grooving to the music on the entertainment stage, featuring kids scary-oke. And don’t miss the extreme pumpkin-carving demonstrations! By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs.

Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings.

Boo at the Zoo is appropriate for children ages 4 to 12. All guests ages 2 and older, including adults, must purchase a ticket.

Event Highlights

Superheroes, zombies, and princesses will all enjoy:

  • A commemorative Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bag
  • 40+ treat stations
  • Live entertainment
  • After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, including:
    • Small Mammal House
    • Great Ape House
    • Reptile Discovery Center
    • Think Tank
    • Great Cats Circle
    • Elephant Community Center
    • Asia Trail (David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be closed)
  • Zoo education stations
  • Rides on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel (additional charge)
  • New to this year’s event is a sensory space in the Think Tank classroom for guests with sensory processing disabilities to take a quiet break from trick-or-treating

General Admission Tickets

  • $20 for members
  • $30 for non-members

Tickets include a commemorative Boo at the Zoo treat bag, over 40 treat stations, live entertainment, after-hours access to animal houses, animal experiences, and Zoo education stations.

Parking:  check here for parking updates:

Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles. Please note, only guests with a parking pass will be permitted to enter the Zoo gates with their vehicle.

Parking Rates

  • $11 for members
  • $22 for non-members

Night of Rates

  • $15 for members
  • $25 for non-members


The Zoo is accessible via the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo or Cleveland Park metro station. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.


October 20, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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