I LOVE fall & Halloween and another one of our annual family traditions is going to Zoo Boo. It is such a fun experience!! We went last night and had a great time! I definitely recommend checking it out even if the weather isn’t going to be the best. Besides the typical zoo visit and seeing all the animals, here’s what you can expect if you attend:
The Zoo is decked out with jack-o-lanterns and creepy decorations/scenes while spooky Halloween music is playing on speakers throughout the zoo making it a very festive environment. There are trick-or-treating stations throughout the zoo where kids can get candy as they make their way around the zoo visiting the animals. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume! You can bring your own bag or bucket to collect candy, or you can get a bag from the zoo upon entry. The best part about the bags is there is 1 Free Kids’ Meal coupon for Texas Roadhouse included in each bag–Score!!
As you explore the zoo you will find 2 giant inflatables, a children’s maze and live swamp monsters in the penguin exhibit area. And if the kids get hungry while you’re there (for something besides candy) or they need a little break, the Mayan Cafe is open with plenty of food options.
There is also a fun horse-drawn wagon haunted hayride through the “Freaky Forest” you can enjoy tonight, Sat 10/20 included with admission. There are lots of spooky scenes set up with actors in costume walking around to scare you. They do not get on the wagon or touch anyone, so it’s not too scary. My daughters (12, 10 & 7) weren’t too scared and enjoyed it. We did one of the first rides of the night before it was dark, which may have helped. I’m sure the darker it is, the scarier. Lines can get long for the hayride, so you may want to get in line early if possible or just plan accordingly. The first ride of the evening is at 5PM and they run continuously until about 8PM. They have about 4 different wagons running at a time, so the line moves pretty quickly. While you wait in line you can purchase some snacks and drinks like hot cider, hot cocoa, goldfish, cotton candy and etc while listening to fun music from Special Moments DJ. (Note: The wagon ride does NOT run the last weekend of Zoo Boo; instead they have children’s games that weekend.)
Zoo Boo is going on tonight, 10/20 from 3PM-8PM as well as next weekend 10/26 & 10/27 at the same times. (Zoo gates will close at 2PM on these dates to prepare for Zoo Boo. Entry gates will re-open at 3PM and close at 7:30PM.) Admission is $12 per person at the gate or $10 per person in advance. You can purchase advance tickets at Suamico Citgo, Charlie’s County Market in Shawano, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly in Crivitz, Econo Foods in Sturgeon Bay, online and at the NEW Zoo Visitor Center.
The Adventure Park is also getting into the Halloween Spirit with Evening “Glow Zips!” from 6PM to 8PM on all Zoo Boo dates. The Adventure Park will host “Glow-Zipping,” for $12 per person. A special glow stick is included with the Zip. The Adventure Park will be open for regular hours (with all three features – the Zip Line, Climbing Tower, and Ropes Challenge Course – available to guests) from 3PM to 6PM on Zoo Boo Friday nights (Oct 19th & 26th) and from 10AM to 6PM on Zoo Boo Saturdays (Oct 20th & 27th). The Adventure Park will be open for regular hours on all other October weekend dates.
Tickets for the Adventure Park can be purchased at the Adventure Park Base Camp – located near the Ski Lodge building next to the Zoo’s Upper Parking Lot.