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Fort Worth, Texas has one of the best zoos in the nation. And every Halloween, the zoo ups the fun with Boo at the Zoo. This is a great (and safe) way to celebrate the holiday with your children. Find out why you should take your kids to Ft. Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo this year.
Boo at the Zoo is one of our favorite ways to spend Halloween as a family. It is amazing. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with little ones.
During the weekend of Halloween, the Ft. Worth Zoo celebrates Boo at the Zoo. This family-friendly event seamlessly blends a trip to the zoo with traditional Halloween activities.
Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes during Boo at the Zoo. Throughout the zoo, you will find treat stations, Halloween-themed shows, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, and more.
Boo at the Zoo is free with zoo admission, and it is open during regular zoo operating hours. For more information about this year’s Boo at the Zoo, see the zoo’s website.
The treat stations are scattered throughout the zoo, so you can find them as you explore the zoo. There are lots of them to hit up.
With your zoo admission, each person (child or adult) gets 6 tickets that can be exchanged for treats or carnival games. You will generally get 4 pieces of candy for each ticket. I find that you get plenty of candy, even if you don’t use all of your tickets for treats. If you need more candy, you can always buy additional tickets.
Local schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses partner with the zoo to man the various treat stations. The zoo provides all of the candy, so the offerings are the same at each station. Plus, you can rest assured knowing that the candy is safe to give to your kids.
Pro Tip: The treat stations at the front of the zoo get very crowded, but the ones towards the back are not as busy. So, head to the back of the zoo to get your treats without the wait.
Boo at the Zoo also features some Halloween themed shows. Kids love watching these cute little shows. While they feature ghosts and other Halloween characters, they are not scary at all.
One show, located in the amphitheater which normally hosts the animal education shows, includes live animals. This particular show is the same basic show, just with a Halloween twist.
The other shows are silly and fun. These shows include corny jokes that kids think are hilarious. You can find the shows in the special events pavilion.
My son loves the shows at Boo at the Zoo. Each year, he insists on watching them multiple times.
Each one is about 20-30 minutes in length. They run several times a day during Boo at the Zoo. The start times are staggered, so it is possible to catch all of them without too much of a wait.
Pumpkin Patch/Craft Zone
Tucked away in the Waterfowl Trail area of the zoo, you will find the pumpkin patch and craft zone. The pumpkin patch contains numerous pumpkins which have been decorated by zoo staff and other members of the community. There are several very creative pumpkins here. It is definitely worth taking a few minutes to walk through the pumpkin patch.
In the Craft Zone, which you will find next to the pumpkin patch, your kids can do their own craft project. If you have a junior crafter in your family, this is definitely something you will want to check out during Boo at the Zoo.
In the special events pavilion, you will find some classic carnival games. This is a lot of fun for kids. There is even a special section set up specifically for toddlers.
These games each take one ticket to play. However, regardless of win or lose, you will “win” candy for playing. This is great because kids don’t have to choose between using their tickets to play games or get candy. They can do both.
This particular area tends to be pretty busy, but there is never a long line for any game. There is just a lot of people milling around moving from game to game.
The games are all set up next to each other, and in my opinion, are a little too close to each other. This leads to confusion on where the line is for each game in some instances.
Many times, you will also see clowns or other entertainers walking around in the game area. Many times, you will also find an outside snow cone truck. You will need to pay cash at the snow cone truck. This can be a great treat for families.
However, whenever the snow cone truck is around, there are usually bees too. So, be cautious if you have someone in your family allergic to bees.
Throughout the day during Boo at the Zoo, the zookeepers will have animal encounters and zookeeper talks. Each talk is about a particular animal and is located at that exhibit.
This is a great way to learn more about the animals and interact with the zookeepers. Check the Boo at the Zoo schedule of events for the times and locations of these talks.
Boo at the Zoo is not just for people! The animals get in on the fun too. Throughout the zoo, you will see pumpkins and other special Halloween-themed treats, such as candy corn shaped ice blocks in the animal exhibits. It is fun to watch the animals examine, eat, and play with their special holiday treats!
Boo at the Zoo is a lot of fun. We have been many years since my son was about 2 years old. For us, Boo at the Zoo is the best Halloween activity to do each year.
My son has a lot of fun wearing his costume to the zoo, trading tickets for candy, watching the shows, and playing games. I enjoy seeing all the pumpkins and watching the animals with their special treats.
Plus, I don’t have to worry about the candy being tampered with. It is a great way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and safe manner.
If you are planning on attending Boo at the Zoo, I recommend going as early as possible. The zoo opens at 10 am each day. To avoid the rush, plan to arrive earlier than that however. Arriving around 9:30-9:40 will let you beat the traffic getting into the parking lot.
Let your kids wear their costumes, but try to put them in costumes that they can easily walk and move around in. It is difficult to play games and see the animals if their costumes limit their mobility.
The zoo staff will hand out bags to collect candy in, or you can bring your own bucket or bag. We usually take our own bucket. But, if you don’t want to mess with bringing your own, or if you forget, you can get one there for free.
Remember: don’t stop at the treat stations at the front of the zoo. Head to the back instead. You will find the same candy at treat stations without the crowds.
Be sure to explore areas off the main pathways. Most of the events are held down these side trails and aren’t easily seen from the main path.
There are lots of signs pointing you in the right directions though. However, if you don’t walk through most of the zoo, you will likely miss many of the activities.
The Ft. Worth Zoo is a wonderful place to spend some quality family time. Boo at the Zoo ups the fun factor even more with a fun and safe Halloween celebration for people and animals. I highly recommend it! It is definitely worth your time!