BRONX, N.Y. — Aug. 29, 2023 — Fall under autumn’s spell and join us at the Bronx Zoo as “Boo at the Zoo” returns for another year of family fun. On Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 (and Monday, Oct. 9), this New York tradition allows families to enjoy Halloween festivities and see animals from all over the world. Boo at the Zoo joins the festive fall lineup at the Bronx Zoo, which also includes the all-new Pumpkin Nights which takes place Thursdays – Sundays, Sept. 28 to Oct. 29, from p.m. - 10p.m.

Tickets for Boo at the Zoo can be purchased here:

Tickets for Pumpkin Nights can be purchased here:

Boo at the Zoo, the fun family-friendly experience includes exhibits and traditional favorites throughout the park including the popular professional pumpkin carving demonstrations and displays; magic and mind reading shows; and the spooky extinct animal graveyard. Animal-themed costumed stilt walkers and Halloween animal puppets will headline the costume parade each day on Astor Court and the Wildlife Theater will perform each day in Asia Plaza.

“Boo at the Zoo has always been a magical time where families come together to create lifelong memories,” said Rachel Libretti, Director of Event Programming and Rides at the Bronx Zoo. “Some attractions, like our wonderful magician David Levitan, have been staples of Boo at the Zoo so long that the event has become multi-generational. This year we’re excited to offer new and enchanting features to keep the tradition fresh.”

What’s new this year

  • Bones Tells Us Stories: Animal Skeleton exhibit: Discover the fascinating features of skeletons from a collection of animal species you might see in the zoo at Grizzly Corner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Spooky stories to tickle your spine: Listen to folktales from around the world featuring animals that you can see here in the zoo at Giraffe Corner at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Returning favorites

  • Costume parade: Visitors are encouraged to join in on the fun and dress up or partake in Halloween crafts ahead of joining stilt walkers and Halloween-themed puppets for photo ops and a stroll through Astor Court at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., weather permitting
  • Halloween crafts: Decorate your own jack-o’-lantern mask at Giraffe Corner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Magic and mind reading: Our fan-favorite magician returns with an animal-inspired magic and mind reading show sure to thrill and delight the entire family at Giraffe Corner at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Pumpkin carving: Watch as expert artists create giant animals and intricate scenes out of pumpkins at Dancing Crane Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (speed carving at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Wildlife theater: Join the witch and all her creepy crawly friends for this funny, short musical for the whole family at Asia Plaza Theater at 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Boo playground: Enjoy Halloween-themed lawn games that are fun for the whole family at Astor Court from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Endangered species graveyard: Stop by the eerie graveyard of animal species that are no longer with us and learn how to prevent extinctions from happening in the future at Astor Court from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pumpkin trail: Walk among hundreds of expertly carved pumpkins and find your favorite at the Butterfly Patio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Trick-or-truth trail: Follow the trail to learn about some so-called “spooky” animals and bust some creepy myths at Rhino Trail from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As guests of the park, Boo at the Zoo participants can spend the day surrounded by 265 acres of fall foliage and encounter more than 10,000 animals from all around the world while visiting the many Halloween-themed exhibits in nearly every corner of the zoo.

WCS member reservations and Bronx Zoo admission tickets include access to Boo at the Zoo activities. Tickets go on sale Aug. 29 and must be obtained in advance at