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Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ABQ BioPark Zoo

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Halloween at the Zoo is back!

For 30 years, you’ve celebrated Halloween inside the safe and fun environment at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. This year, the New Mexico BioPark Society is proud to not only continue the tradition of thrilling families with our tricks and treats, but we’re also proud to turn this long-standing event into one of our annual fundraisers. This year, 100% of Boo at the Zoo proceeds benefit the BioPark, which makes us so excited…it’s scary.

Boo at the Zoo includes activities and experiences for the whole family!

Trick-or-Treating in Zoo Central

Take your ghouls and goblins by the hand and stop by our multiple vendor booths along our Trick-or-Treat Trail! We promise more treats than tricks.

Haunted Habitats

Zookeepers become “Boo-keepers” for the day, as they transform select exhibits into spine-chilling spaces.

If they got it, they’ll haunt it!

Photo Opportunities

Get candid with your favorite characters! Pose with a princess! Snap a pic with Star Wars characters! You never know who else will be there for your photography pleasure!

Costume Recognition

Come dressed in your best spooky, silly, fun or fabulous costume! Once you enter the Zoo, our undercover judges will be wandering around and awarding prizes to the best costumed guests. You won’t know who’s a judge, so be ready to show off your threads!

Animal Enrichment

Animals love Howl-o-ween! Help create treats our Zoo residents will enjoy throughout Halloween week! From painting a pumpkin to blinging out a bag, these items will be squished, stomped or torn into as part of their enrichment (all items are animal safe and approved by vets)!

Scare-osuel

Spooky music and devilish decorations transform our carousel into the Scare-ousel!

Don’t forget to trick-or-treat at this location, too.

Tickets on sale now! Space is limited. Be sure to grab yours because once they’re sold out, they won’t be baaack… until next year.

Adults: $10

Children 3-12: $2

Children under 2 are free

Tickets available at holdmyticket.com

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Ticket price includes Zoo admission and activities.

Members receive 50% discount on ticket price

Member Adults: $5

Member Children 3-12: $1

Children under 2 are free

NMBPS members: to obtain your discounted ticket, please visit any ABQ BioPark Zoo or Botanic Garden/Aquarium cashier to purchase your tickets before event day.

Rules & FAQs

What is Boo at the Zoo?2019-10-09T22:08:47+00:00

Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween event at the ABQ BioPark Zoo! This special fundraiser is family friendly, and provides and safe and fun environment for your little ghouls and goblins.

Boo at the Zoo will thrill rain or shine. There are no refunds for this spooky-vent!

What kinds of costumes am I allowed to wear?2019-10-03T14:10:38+00:00

We love creative costumes, funny costumes, and all other types of costumes! We don’t love costumes that are obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent, and we won’t let them inside the Zoo on event day. Please make sure that your costume is appropriate before coming out to Boo at the Zoo.

PLEASE NOTE: ABSOLUTELY NO INFLATABLE COSTUMES WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ZOO.  Inflatable costumes upset our Zoo residents and are not acceptable.

We reserve the right to deny admission to Boo at the Zoo or to remove any person who is wearing attire that could negatively impact the experience of others.

Can my costume have prop weapons?2019-10-03T14:20:28+00:00

Costumes may not contain weapons of any kind. This includes toy swords, guns, knives, scythes, and all other prop or real weapons.

Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that could potentially strike another guest.

Can I wear a mask?2019-10-09T23:02:24+00:00

All guests over the age of 12 must leave their face clearly visible at all times. Adults in full masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.

What happens if I break a rule?2019-10-09T22:06:38+00:00

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines will be refused entry into the event and/or removed from the event unless his or her costume can be modified immediately to meet the standards.  Refunds for tickets will not be given under any circumstance.

So, I brought stuff I shouldn’t have; can you hold it?2019-10-03T14:22:13+00:00

No, BioPark staff cannot hold any items for guests at the Admissions office. Please leave all unsecured or restricted items at home.

Can I have a refund for (insert anything here) 2019-10-03T14:22:42+00:00

No. There are no refunds given for any reason. This applies to all tickets, whether purchased at the gate or in advance.

This is a special event, do regular BioPark rules still apply?2019-10-03T14:23:07+00:00

They do!  Please check out the full list of BioPark rules here/ (can we hyperlink that to this site: https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/about-the-biopark/biopark-faq#Rules)

What are the most important rules?2019-10-09T22:02:17+00:00

We’re glad you asked! We’ll have staff, security, and APD looking out for folks who violate any of the guidelines set that day, but especially the following:

  • No smoking or vaping at the Zoo or any other ABQ BioPark property.
  • Do not throw anything into the exhibits including, but not limited to candy, coins, food, ice, drinks, toys, or garbage. These items can seriously injure or kill our animal residents.
  • Do no climb on rocks, trees, or other landscaping or artwork.
What can I not bring into the Zoo?2019-10-03T14:23:59+00:00

Glass, pets, alcohol, piñatas, weapons of any kind, sports equipment, beverage lids, straws, radios, CD players, gas or charcoal grills, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or roller blades or Heelys.

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