Boo at the Zoo

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition!

October weekends at the zoo, including Columbus Day and Halloween, will feature hay mazes, costume parades, musical theater, magic, and more. Visit bats, owls, vultures and other winged icons of Halloween, then embark on a trip back in time as you ride our Dinosaur Safari!

Jack O’Lantern Illumination — Creatures of the Night

Walk through a dark, eerie tunnel filled with more than 1,000 hand-carved and beautifully lit Jack ‘O Lanterns meticulously sculpted into various animal shapes. Created by Rise of the Jack ‘O Lanterns, the exhibit lanterns will consist of dozens of intricate, detailed portraits of animals ranging from bats, to reptiles, marine creatures, mammals, nocturnal birds, bugs, and mythical creatures.

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Somba Village

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed

The narrated ride takes adventurers through a two-acre area of the zoo past more than 30 fully-animatronic dinosaurs as they move, snarl, and roar. The entire experience is designed to provide an understanding about how fossils and artifacts are meaningful clues to the mysteries of the past. Tour guides engage with zoo-goers and help them discover how fossils provide insight into what life may have looked like in prehistoric times.

Time: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Boarding at Fordham Parking

Costume Parade

Alice Farley Dance Company will lead all of our costumed kids in a fantastical Dragon and Dinosaur Creature Parade that will feature magical, imaginary wildlife and dinosaur puppets created by Ms. Farley. The creatures will include a 10-foot Komodo dragon, a triceratops that towers over the crowd, and many other exciting characters. There will also be a beautiful butterfly with iridescent wings dancing on stilts, a zany, playful paleontologist and a musician playing drums and flute.
Times: 12:00 – 1:00pm and 2:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Starts at Zoo Center
Photos available at the end of each performance and from 3:30 – 4:00pm in Dancing Crane Plaza

Puppet Performance

Carnival of Extraordinary Animals
Inspired by the endearing children’s concert by Camille Saint-Saëns, Carnival of Extraordinary Animals re-introduces participants to the species that have left us, such as the Falkland Island Wolf, the dodo, and of course, dinosaurs. Carnival of Extraordinary Animals was created by puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House and several Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho.

Time: 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm
Location: Asia Plaza Theater

3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations

This season we will once again be working with Sand Sculpt USA, a company that has received enormous attention for both its sand sculpture building (featured as a series on the Travel Channel) as well as its creation of pumpkin carvings for festivals around the country. Some of the featured carvings will include:

Weekend 1 — Animal mothers and babies — gorilla and baby, peacock and baby, sea lion and baby

Weekend 2 and Columbus Day — Baby elephant — 3 sculptors utilizing a giant 600lb. pumpkin

Weekend 3 — Komodo Dragon and other lizard species

Weekend 4: Dracula lion or Mummy animal

Halloween weekend — Fri, Sat, Sunday Haunted House with wildlife grand finale — 3 day carve with 3 sculptors utilizing 600 lb. pumpkin

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

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October 5 Pippin
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Meet cast members from the Tony-award winning Pippin. After, march along as they lead the costume parade.

October 12 Motown the Musical
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Meet cast members from Motown the Musical. After, march along as they lead the costume parade.

October 19 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Meet cast members from the popular Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. After, march along as they lead the costume parade.

October 26 On the Town
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Meet cast members from the Broadway revival On the Town.

October 31 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Location: Asia Theater
Time: 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm
Watch as C.S. Lewis’ beloved classic leaps off the page! Come see exciting highlights from Off-Broadway’s adventure-packed, imaginative, family-friendly hit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Music and Magic


Live Music

Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi’s Howlin’ Dragons & Dinofest. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games.
Time: 11:30am, 1:00 and 3:00pm
Location: Tent at Grizzly Corner

October 25 & 26 Music for Aardvarks
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers, dance and play with Music for Aardvarks’ Special Halloween Sing-a-Long!
Location: Terrace Cafe
Time: 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm

Animal Themed Magic Shows

Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable slight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan.
Time: 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00pm
Location: Tent at Grizzly Corner

Creature Chats

Join our experts as they demystify and celebrate Halloween’s not-so-scary creatures!

Rascally Rats
Rats have long been feared by people but there is another side to these clever rodents. Learn how these shy, intelligent, and altruistic animals live amongst us.
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Mouse House

Slithering Snakes
Snakes actually have four ways to move. And, although very flexible, snakes do have bones! Come learn more cool facts about these amazing animals.
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: World of Reptiles

Komodo Dragons: King of the Lizards
Komodo dragons are the largest living lizards. They can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh near 300 pounds! They have a fearsome reputation because of their lethal bite. Come learn more about the newest residents of the Bronx Zoo.
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Zoo Center

Batty about Bats
For centuries bats have been the subject of myths and misinformation. Come learn how the only flying mammal plays a vital role in pollinating plants and flowers, dispersing seeds, and controlling pests.
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Astor Court

Birds of Halloween: Owls and Vultures
Long associated with Halloween, owls and vultures have sinister reputations. Come learn how these birds of prey are really not so ominous but in fact are essential to a healthy ecosystem.
Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Birds of Prey

Crafts Workshop

Paint a wildlife-themed pumpkin of your own while supplies last.

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

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October 4 The New Victory Theater Workshop
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Join The New Victory Teaching Artists in an exciting animal-themed craft.

October 18 & 19 Family Circle Weekend
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Create your very own fall-themed masterpiece with Family Circle.

Hay Maze

Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure.
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Butterfly Patio

& Treat Stations

Kids can engage in safe trick-or-treating activities at locations around the park.


Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Locations: Zoo Center, Dino Ride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Jack ‘O Lantern Illumination

Treats donated by Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Sour Jacks, Pirate Booty, Now and Later Fruit Chews, Black Forest gummies & fruit snacks, Trolli gummy candy, Sixlets, Best gummys, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher, Hershey Milk, Mike & Ike, Peeps

Special Halloween Celebration!

For the first time ever, come celebrate October 31st at the zoo! Don’t miss this special afternoon Halloween experience with great Boo at the Zoo activities:

Jack O’Lantern Illumination
Location: Somba Village
Time: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Costume Parade
Location: Zoo Center
Time: 12:00 and 2:00pm

Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Hay Maze
Location: by Butterfly Garden
Time: 12:00 – 5:00pm

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Location: Asia Theater
Time: 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm

Treat Stations
Location: various locations
Time: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Dinosaur Safari
Location: Boarding at Fordham Parking
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Pumpkin Carving
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Time: 11am – 5pm

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