Spooky Delights: Boo at the L.A. Zoo

October 13, 2023
Spooky Delights: Boo at the L.A. Zoo - Kids wearing costumes

The cute critters at California's favorite zoo are ready to help turn things creepy this October! Boo at the LA Zoo is back for 2023 with new frights and delights from feathered friends, lurking lizards, mischievous monkeys, and more. Families can enjoy two weekends of cute, spooky fun that includes costumes, trick-or-treating stations, pumpkin feedings with zoo animals, and more!

Planning Your Spooky Los Angeles Zoo Visit

Kids asking for Candy

Boo at the LA Zoo is a two-weekend event taking place on the weekends of Oct. 21 through Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 through Oct. 29. Zoo visitors are encouraged to dress up. Just make sure that you review the zoo's costume policy on its website before planning your spooky ensemble. The zoo asks that patrons avoid costumes with full masks, weapons, obscenities, or other details that could disturb the zoo's animal residents and human guests. Take a closer look at what's on the schedule during Boo at the LA Zoo 2023!

Treats at the Zoo

Zoo employees will be setting up trick-or-treating stations featuring delicious candies created using sustainable ingredients. It's recommended that you bring your own treat bag along to carry your goodies! The zoo won't be supplying trick-or-treat bags due to its waste-reduction policies.

Spooky Story Time at the Zoo

A special story time will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the event. Saturday's page-turning schedule includes readings from Suzanne and Max Lang. On Sundays, librarians from the Los Angeles Public Library will head to the zoo to share their bone-chilling favorites for youngsters.

Graveyard of Extinct Species

Zoo visitors will learn about conservation efforts while exploring an entertaining and educational exhibit highlighting threatened animal populations. The graveyard offers a glimpse at departed species that once roamed the planet. Guests will also learn about efforts to prevent future wildlife graveyards for at-risk animals around the globe today.

Creature Feedings

Meerkats with a Halloween Pumpkin

Feeding sessions allow zoo guests to watch animals enjoy seasonal treats! These sessions will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on all four days of the event. The list of animals partaking in the munch fest this year includes African painted dogs, tortoises, howler monkeys, jaguars, snow leopards, and elephants.

Meeting Poisonous Pals

Face your fears when meeting the zoo's cold-blooded residents during an event called The Lair. Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during event hours, The Lair offers an opportunity to have close encounters with poisonous frogs, snakes, and lizards. Guests will learn all about these real-life monsters in a safe, educational setting with just a sprinkling of genuine fear thrown in the mix!

Photo Opportunities

Kids with Halloween Costumes

Festive spots that are all decked out in fall decorations will be peppered throughout the zoo to allow guests to take advantage of fang-tastic photo opportunities. There's a sweet spin on these spooky photos. Costumed M&Ms characters will be standing by for some candy-coated posing.

Plan an Incredible Visit to Hollywood This Fall

The zoo isn't the only place to get wild in Los Angeles this fall. A Halloween-themed Hollywood visit is a great idea for anyone who loves the magic of spooky films! In fact, you can visit some of the most lore-filled attractions in Hollywood during popular Hollywood hop-on hop-off bus tours. You can even lump in some of the thrills and chills happening at one of California's biggest theme parks when you stay at a hotel near Universal Studios Hollywood.