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September 27, 2022

Philadelphia Zoo prepares to welcome trick-or-treaters for annual family-friendly Halloween event

Boo at the Zoo takes place three weekends in October. Children are encouraged to come in costume and there will be fall-theme treats for all

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Boo at the Zoo Provided image/Kory Aversa

Boo at the Zoo returns to the Philadelphia Zoo for three weekends from Oct. 15 through Oct. 30. Children are invited to dress in costumes and go trick-or-treating throughout the zoos 42-acre grounds. Tickets to the Halloween event are included with general admission.

Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes and go on a trick-or-treat safari through the Philadelphia Zoo in October. 

Boo at the Zoo, the zoo's annual Halloween extravaganza, takes place three weekends between Oct. 15 and Oct. 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Admission to the fall-theme event is included with the purchase of a regular zoo ticket, which cost $24 for adults, or $19 for kids up to 12 years old. 

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"The fall season at the Zoo is beyond special," said Amy Shearer, chief marketing and experience officer at the Philadelphia Zoo. "The animals are on the go in the crisp autumn air, the leaves throughout our campus turn gold and scarlet, and all of the kids delight in all of the Boo at the Zoo Halloween fun."

Parents of children who come dressed in costumes are reminded that accessories like toy guns and other weapons are not permitted inside the zoo.

Boo at the Zoo PhiladelphiaProvided image/Kory Aversa

In addition to collecting treats at Boo at the Zoo, children and their families can take photos at the Great Pumpkin Wall, learn about animals the zoo is helping save from extinction and check out the recently opened exhibits, like the Giraffe Encounter.

In addition to exploring the zoo's 42-acre grounds and gathering treats, families can also stop by the Great Pumpkin Wall for photos and learn about extinct animals, as well as those the zoo is help save, at the extinction graveyard. There will also be fall food and drink offerings, including hot apple cider and plenty of sweets and treats. 

While at the Philadelphia Zoo, be sure to check out some of its new exhibits. 

The zoo's Giraffe Encounter allows guests to meet the giraffe herd – Bea, Stella, and Abby – and feed them twigs and branches for a small fee each day between 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Also new to the zoo this year are Ankole cattle. These animals, native to Uganda, are recognizable by their horns, which can grow up to 40 inches long and 8 inches thick. 

And at Habitat Hollow, a new play area at the zoo with hands-on experiences to that teach about animal habitats, children can climb spiderwebs, perch in a nest, and dig sand pits. 

More information can be found on the Philadelphia Zoo's website

Boo at the Zoo

Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 15 through Oct. 30
9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. | Free with admission
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104