Sponsored: Boo at the Zoo Returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

Cannot believe it’s October already. But that also means it’s the month for ghosts and ghouls to come out and play! This year, I’m so excited because I’m part of the Bronx Zoo Ambassador program and was told that the Boo at the Zoo program is back this year!

The festivities began last past weekend. I’m hoping to take my lil ones this weekend if the weather clears up – rain rain go away! But, if not, I have until October 28th to go and so do you!

Activities run for four more weekends:

  • October 6-8
  • October 13-14
  • October 20-21
  • October 27-28

You and the kiddos will have fun doing the following:

  • The Haunted Habitat Mansion
  • Creepy Hallows Hayride
  • Hay maze
  • Haunted extinct graveyard
  • Costume Parade
  • Master Carver Pumpkin carving demonstrations
  • Music, Magic and More

And your kiddos will love this – they can wear their costume before Halloween! You’ll love it too because children 12 and under wearing a Halloween costume will receive FREE general admission with one paid adult general admission.

Note: All Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of general admission with the exception of the hayride and haunted mansion. The Creepy Hollows Hayride and the Haunting Mansion walk-through adventure are included with the purchase of a Total Experience Ticket.

While supplies last, guests who purchase four or more Total Experience Tickets online will receive a plush snake hat which started September 17th. You can purchase tickets at the Bronx Zoo Website.

The Haunting at Habitat Mansion
The Habitat Mansion, once owned by wildlife conservationist Dr. Benton Broome, is said to be the most haunted landmark in the Bronx Zoo. Dr. Broome left his legacy of preserving animal wildlife, habitats and conserving the earth’s precious ecological resources to his son, Dusty.  But Dusty is not up for the challenge and the ghost of his father  wants to ensure the memory of all endangered species is not forgotten. In the Haunted Habitat  mansion, ghosts of the past, visions of extinct animals, and the messages of Dr. Broome’s ghostly house servants encourage guests to remember the importance of protecting wildlife from the threat of extinction. Mansion admission is included with Total Experience Tickets.

  • Location: By Somba Village
  • Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Creepy Hollows Hayride
Enjoy a thrilling hay ride beneath a canopy of beautiful fall foliage past the Birds of Prey exhibit and through the animated town of “Creepy Hollows.” The ride includes a look at an abandoned town where anything can happen, so watch out for crashing crates, shaky houses, and strange creatures. The adventure is accompanied by spooky Halloween music.. Hayride admission is included with Total Experience Tickets.

  • Location: Boarding at Fordham Parking
  • Time:    11:00am – 5:00pm

Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations and Display
Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. From classic movie monsters in animals form to giant insects and majestic wildlife, our carvers will delight audiences with their remarkable carvings.

  • Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
  • Time: 11am – 5pm

Costume Parade
Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside a giant python, , an eight-foot witch and other stilted characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company.

  • Location: Starts at Zoo Center
  • Time: 12:00pm and  2:00pm
  • Photos available at the end of each performance
  • Additional photo opportunity 3:30 – 4:00pm in Dancing Crane Plaza

Children’s Theater Performances – Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat? Tales of Amazing Trickster’s
Halloween puppetry musical of three classic tales of mischievous animal tricksters who outsmarted their rivals and won the day,. Created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street and Nickelodeon. Presented by Organic Valley.

  • Location: Asia Plaza
  • Time: 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm

Hay Maze
Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure.

  • Location: Butterfly Patio
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Live Music
Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the BOO REVUE. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games.

  • Location: Tent by Bears
  • Time: 11:30am, 1:00 pm and 3:00pm

Animal Themed Magic Shows
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight of hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan.

  • Location: Tent by Bears
  • Time: 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Treat Stations
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit.

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Creepy Crafts Workshops
Make a one-of-a-kind Halloween mask of your favorite wild animal.

  • Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Extinct Animal Graveyard
Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display.

  • Location: Mouse House Lawn

Creature Chats
Join our experts as they demystify and celebrate wildlife critters.

  • 11am – Spiders – By Sea lion Pool
  • 1pm – Snakes – World of Reptiles
  • 3pm – Bats – Jungle World

Animal Enrichment Activities
Every day keepers use toys, treats and training to enrich the lives of our animals. Look for special holiday enrichment items and activities throughout the zoo

  • Time: 2pm

Disclaimer: Our blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program we have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming. All comments related to the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium are honest & my own.


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