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

We would like to thank our 2023 Boo at the Zoo Presenting & Media Sponsors

Entertainment Sponsor:

Beauty Shop of Horrors Sponsor:

Haunted Habitat Sponsors:

All My Son’s Moving & Storage • Choice Smiles of New Mexico • Creativity Warehouse • LNB Roofing • Studio Southwest Architects • World Finance Corporation

Full List of Sponsors:

100.3 The Peak • After Hours Pediatrics • Albuquerque Ambulance Service • All My Son’s Moving & Storage • Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services • Beyond Inspections Service • Choice Smiles of New Mexico • Creativity Warehouse • Dreamstyle Remodeling • Family Medicine • First Choice Community Healthcare • Flawless Results • Griselda Calix Allstate Agency • Juntos Therapy/Mariposa Autism Center • KRQE News 13 • LNB Roofing • Main Event • MAS Charter School • Mc-Dade Woodcock • Network Chiropractic of Albuquerque • New Mexico’s CW • PNC Bank • Positive Energy Solar • ServPro of Northwest Albuquerque • Studio Southwest Architects • Sue Leydig of Waterstone Mortgage • Sylvan Learning Center • TEMA Furniture • The Bair Foundation • The Mind Research Network • Truly Nolen Pest Control • United Healthcare • Universal Water Systems • World Finance Corporation • Woodmen Life

Become a Boo at the Zoo Sponsor

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! So, get the ghouls and goblins ready in their best Halloween costumes, and pull out the pumpkin buckets and pillowcases. We welcome you to eat, drink, and be scary as we turn our Zoo into a fang-tastically fun day of trick-or-treating among the beasts. Lift your spirits with fun education activities, a craft and enrichment-making station, boo-riffic games and more!

This family-friendly event is a New Mexico BioPark Society fundraiser supporting the ABQ BioPark. We invite you to come out for a wicked good time and a fang-tastic 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.

Tag us on social media! #ABQBOOATTHEZOO

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!

Beauty Shop of Horrors

This boo-tique offers face painting and colored hair spray to trick out your Boo at the Zoo ensemble!

Ticket Information

Adults: $12 | Children 3-12: $7 | Children 2 and Under: Free
Tickets must be purchased online and in advance. No walk-ups.

New Mexico BioPark Society Member Ticket Presale:
September 25 – October 2
Must have an active membership to receive early access via e-blast.
Keep an eye out on your inbox with a promo code and link!

General Public Ticket Sale:
October 2 at 10 a.m.

Please be cautious of individuals/bots selling fake tickets on social media. 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

Where is Park & Ride located?2023-10-26T22:59:10+00:00

FREE Park & Ride Service
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Service from Civic Plaza Underground Parking Garage (328 Marquette Ave NW) to ABQ BioPark Zoo (corner of 10th & Stover)
Service no longer available at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

Pick Up: Boo at the Zoo ticket holders may park at the Civic Plaza Underground Parking Garage starting at 8:45 a.m. Please use Marquette Ave. or Tijeras Ave. entrances. Collect your parking ticket to raise the entrance gate. A ticket space counter will let you know how many spots are available. After parking, use the stairs or the elevator to reach the street level.

Board the bus on Marquette Ave., between 4th and 5th Street, in front of the Frank L. Horan City Hall building. Our Boo Crew will be at the busload in/out to assist those who dare to enter!

Return Service: The last return bus leaves the Zoo at 5:30 p.m. Catch your bus at 10th and Stover.

The exit parking gate will be raised from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You will not be charged for parking during that time. If you leave the parking garage after 6:00, you are responsible for paying the hourly rate of your full parking time.

Beware: Ghouls and goblins can park on all levels of the garage, ye be warned, don’t park in reserved or noted parking spaces, and observe parking ordinances. Do not block driveways and watch for No Parking Zones. Parking violators will be tickets and/or towed at the owner’s expense. The vehicle owner assumes all risk and/or liability. Parking lot fees are subject to change.

What is Boo at the Zoo?2024-06-12T22:23:52+00:00

Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween event at the ABQ BioPark Zoo! This special fundraiser is family-friendly and provides a 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?2024-06-12T22:24:42+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)? 2024-06-12T22:25:08+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 ABQ BioPark rules still apply?2024-06-12T22:25:35+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?2024-06-12T22:27:05+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 habitats, including, but not limited to candy, coins, food, ice, drinks, toys, or garbage. These items can seriously injure or kill our animal residents.
  • Do not climb rocks, trees, or other landscaping or artwork.
What can I NOT bring into the Zoo?2024-06-12T22:28:02+00:00

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

Contact Us

Thank you for your questions and feedback.
For ticketing issues, please call 505-768-2000.
You will receive a response in 24 to 48 hours.

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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