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Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

  • 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
  • Neighborhood: Montclair Village/Oakland Hills
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Calling all ghosts, goblins, and witches - join us for Boo at the Zoo every day from October 22-31, 2022, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Enjoy this family-friendly Halloween event with a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt.

Grab a program as you enter the Zoo and follow the clues on our self-guided scavenger hunt to trick-or-treat for animal trading cards throughout the Zoo. Upon completing your scavenger hunt, collect a limited release trading card and a candy bar from our presenting sponsor OCHO Candy.

Remember to dress in costume (no inflatable costumes - they can scare the Zoo animals) when you visit and tag Oakland Zoo on social media to be entered in our Halloween costume contest. Winners will receive 4 tickets to our nighttime lantern festival this year, GLOWFARI, from November 11 - January 29!

Come and safely celebrate Halloween at Oakland Zoo this year!

*Candy bars may contain milk, soy, nuts, or gluten.

Tickets must be reserved in advance through our online ticketing system. Attendance is currently limited, so please be aware that you may not be able to secure your first choice of date and time. Only guests with online ticket reservations will receive the official scavenger hunt and candy bar. Please Note: Members that arrive after 2pm without a reservation are welcome to unofficially participate in the scavenger hunt and collect trading cards, but will not receive candy because of limited supplies.

Want to know when tickets will be available for the day you would like to attend? Reference the guide below to see when tickets are available through our advanced reservation system. Tickets become available at 9am, 28 days prior to the date you would like to visit.

Costume Contest Themed Days

  • 10/22-10/24: Twinning - Parents suit up! It's time to twin with your mini in your favorite Halloween costumes.
  • 10/25-10/27: Monster Squad - Ghouls & monsters of the night, it's your time to shine for a Halloween fright. Dress up in your classic monster squad members.
  • 10/28-10/30: Favorite Animal Friends - Furry or scaley, feathers or slimy, it's up to you! Pick your favorite animal to sport around the Zoo.
  • 10/31: Wild Card - Your choice! Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, pirate - the possibilities are endless!*

*Please note - no inflatable costumes; they can scare the Zoo animals. Remember to tag Oakland Zoo on social media to enter our Halloween costume contest. Winners will receive 4 tickets to our new holiday nighttime lantern festival this year, GLOWFARI. You can follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to see our costume contest updates!

Event Info

  • Dates: October 22, 2022 - October 31, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Oakland Zoo
  • Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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