Saturday, October 28, 2023
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ABQ BioPark Zoo

We would like to thank our 2022 Boo at the Zoo Sponsors

Haunted Habitat Sponsors:
All My Son’s Moving & Storage • Duke City BMX Association • Studio Southwest Architects

Affordable Solar • Albuquerque Ambulance Service • Albuquerque Bilingual Academy • All My Son’s Moving & Storage • Baca & Associates Real Estate • Boy Scouts of America • Carrington College • Cheba Hut • Creativity Warehouse • Dreamstyle Remodeling • Duke City BMX Association • Duke City • Mc-Dade Woodcock • Prime Lending • TLC Heating, Plumbing & Cooling • Universal Water Systems • Unser Racing Museum • Waterstone Mortgage

Become a Sponsor of Boo at the Zoo 2023

We’re baaaack!

Presented by After Hours Pediatrics, Boo at the Zoo is back, and we hope you’re ready for a howling good time at the Zoo and trick-or-treating, too! We welcome you to eat, drink, and be scary as we turn our Zoo into a menagerie macabre for one day only. Lift your spirits with fun education activities, a craft and pumpkin-painting enrichment station, boo-riffic games and more!

This fun family event is a New Mexico BioPark Society fundraiser in support of the ABQ BioPark, so we invite you to come out and have a wicked good time for a ghoul-ishly good cause!

To guarantee the ultimate guest experience, we will sell timed tickets to keep crowd size manageable. Purchase timed tickets now, and your little ones will be goblin up candy on a brew-tiful day at Boo at the Zoo.

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!

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)!


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

Ticket Information Coming Soon!

Please be cautious of individuals selling fake tickets.
Our event requires timed tickets; we strongly discourage you from purchasing third-party tickets as we cannot confirm the legitimacy of those tickets.

This event is a special daytime fundraiser supporting the ABQ BioPark Zoo and ticket price includes Zoo admission and activities. Timed tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.

Boo at the Zoo is a special fundraising event. Unless labeled as Boo at the Zoo, no guest passes will be accepted on Saturday, October 28.

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.

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?2021-10-14T19:32:18+00:00

They do!  Please check out the full list of BioPark rules here: 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.

Contact Us

Please be cautious of individuals/bots selling fake tickets to this year’s event. Our event requires timed tickets; we strongly discourage you from purchasing third-party tickets as we cannot confirm the legitimacy of those tickets.

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