Boo at the Zoo 2016


11:00 am to 4:00 pm

*Due to weather, some activities may be canceled or relocated on Sunday, Oct. 30 

Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden’s most popular family Halloween events, “Boo at the Zoo”, on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30!  Dress up in costume and head to the Lion Fountain at 11:00 am to participate and watch the Costume Parade and Contest with celebrity judges choosing winners in several different categories.  Trick-or-treat at multiple stations throughout the Zoo and watch animals gobble up gourds and enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment treats during the Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.  Brave the Haunted Nature Trail, decorated especially for the occasion with not-so-scary ghosts, goblins and more!  *Due to the muddy state of the Nature Trail, the "haunt" is relocating to the Koret Animal Resource Center and will be open from 12:00-3:00Have a creepy, crawly critter adventure at the Insect Zoo, teaming with more than a thousand multi-legged bugs.

The last weekend of October is also the final opportunity to catch “ZOOtoberFest” with entertainment for all ages.  Located near the Lion Fountain, “Harvest Hallow” houses San Francisco’s largest Hay Maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure built with 600 bales of straw!  There’s also a bounce house, ample seating, pumpkins, and festive fall décor for a family photo op! 

The “Zoo Brew Haus” at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of specialty beers in a keepsake mug.  Choose from a full menu of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut!  During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!  Grab a seat and stay for three musical performances from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

All activities are free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.
*Masks are not permitted

Photo by Marianne Hale

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