Zoo Atlanta’s annual Halloween festival, Boo at the Zoo, returns with plenty of treats for the animals, kids, and kids at heart!
Looking for an exciting activity to celebrate this spooky season? Boo at the Zoo is an annual event at Zoo Atlanta featuring a wide range of fun Halloween-themed activities.
Read on to find out why Boo at the Zoo is the place to be this Halloween season!
Boo at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta‘s annual Boo at the Zoo is a family fun event where the kids can dress up and go trick-or-treating at the candy stations set up around the zoo. This popular event features costume contests, Halloween craft stations, a party DJ playing the kids’ favorite songs, and more Halloween surprises in Zoo Boo Town.
The animals get to join in on the fun with pumpkin treats, which some are more interested in than others. The zoo is decked out with Halloween decorations, notably the Extinct Animal Graveyard, which aims to bring attention to the importance of conservation.
Boo at the Zoo takes place October 21, 22, 28, and 29 for the 2023 season. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission to Zoo Atlanta includes all the Boo at the Zoo festivities.
This year, you can expect booths along Trick-or-Treat Lane, Halloween-themed kid’s crafts at the Ford Pavilion (while supplies last), Halloween-themed carnival games on the Grand Patio, “The Missing Mayor” Train Ride (purchase of train tickets required), a family-friendly performance, and special characters strolling the park for a photo-opp.
Zoo Atlanta’s Boo at the Zoo has a very low scare factor. The décor includes mostly friendly spooks, and costumes must be family-friendly.
Fall Weather Animals at Zoo Atlanta
Once the weather gets cooler, some of the zoo’s animals really start to come out to play. Fall is one of the best times to visit Zoo Atlanta because you get to see both warm weather and cool weather animals!
Thanks to Georgia’s mild fall, it won’t be too cold yet for warm climate animals like the moneys and gorillas. And colder climate animals like the red pandas, alpacas, and panda bears really like when the weather starts to get cool.
Kevin and I have bought zoo memberships for all the bear time a girl could want, and fall is the perfect time to do this because cooler weather means panda playtime!
Since panda bears are native to the snowy mountains of China, the pandas love when it gets cooler here. The panda cubs Ya Lun And Xi Lun have been going outside almost every day now that the weather is cool. They get to wrestle and play and annoy their mother.
The panda experts at Zoo Atlanta suggest getting to the zoo before 11 a.m. because that’s when they bring the bears in for feeding. Around this time, Lun Lun also gets tired of being outside with all their sibling shenanigans. After feeding, the bears usually take a nap in the day room.
Yang Yang however is happy to spend all his time outside alternating between eating and sleeping. Ah, the life of a panda bear.
The sun bears were also active when we went, once they’d properly woken up. They came all the way down to the glass partition to munch on the pumpkin, do some digging, oh and make friends with me of course!
What Know Before You Go to the Zoo
During Boo at the Zoo, kids can expect to visit a dozen treat stations for one piece of candy at each. Candy will be available while supplies last.
The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is typically the busiest, so you may want to plan to attend on the earlier dates. And whatever day you attend, you’ll definitely want to arrive earlier than later!
Boo at the Zoo is a rain-or-shine event, but some activities may be delayed or canceled due to rain.
Adults are welcome to dress in costume as well as children, but remember that this is a family-friendly event so no full face masks, clown outfits, or scary costumes.
Top Atlanta Tours
With so much to see, Atlanta can be overwhelming for any first-time traveler. To take some of the stress out of planning your visit, opt for a guided tour! Check out this list of the top Atlanta tours to help you make the most of your time in Georgia’s capital city.
- 90-Minute Guided Sightseeing Tour by E-Car
- Atlanta’s Black History and Civil Rights Tour
- Midtown Atlanta Food & Cocktail Tour
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