Boo At The Zoo!


Superheroes, zombies, and princesses unite for conservation! Tickets are on sale now for the 18th annual Boo at the Zoo, a frightfully fun evening for the whole family, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). On October 21, 22 and 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., kids and adults alike will enjoy trick-ortreating in the wild setting of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Chocolate NA, features 40 delicious treat stations—mom and dad will enjoy craft beer and coffee treats—after-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, including the Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House and many more, and animal demonstrations. Dance the night away at the Boo at the Zoo entertainment stage with a DJ spinning Halloween favorites along with magicians, and jugglers. With your favorite chocolates, snacks, and souvenirs, Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with goodies by the end of the evening.



“Where else can you trick-or-treat and support wildlife?” said Lynn Mento, Executive Director of Friends of the National Zoo, “This is a magical community tradition. Enjoying a Halloween event with your friends and family while hearing the lions roar at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo really makes this such a special evening for kids and parents.”


General Admission tickets are $20 for FONZ members and $30 for non-members. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are also available. Tickets are required for all attendees 2 years and older. Tickets are available now for both FONZ members and non-members. Please note space is limited and the event sells out, so purchase tickets early. For details about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit Proceeds from Boo at the Zoo benefit animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and around the world.

Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by Mars Chocolate NA, along with BIG 100.3, Big Bus Tours, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, FedEx, GEICO, HOT 99.5, HBP Printing, 97.1 WASH-FM, Ledo Pizza, Washington Parent, The Washington Post, and 98.7 WMZQ. This event is for all ages. Boo at the Zoo will be held rain or shine.

About Friends of the National Zoo~ Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support their mission, providing educational and fun experiences and inspiring our members and guests.

My family and I are excited to attend this event, hope to see you there!

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