Boo at the Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting a kid-friendly family series on weekends in October for Halloween.

Boo at Zoo

Animal characters will be dressed in kid-friendly costumes. | Photo by @columbuszoo

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If you want the Halloween fun without the fright, Boo at the Zoo weekends are for you. Here are the merry, not scary, details about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium series.

When does the gourd time start? 🕸️

  • Weekends in October
  • Friday hours — The zoo opens at 10:30 a.m., but Boo festivities are 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday hours — 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday hours — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Zoo train

The Character Express will roll through with four themed musical celebrations. | Photo by @columbuszoo

What is there to boo? 🎃

In addition to character meet and greets + musical performances, there are a variety of Halloween-themed activities for kids and families to enjoy.

  • Tommy C. Turtle’s Trick or Treat Trail — Stop at one of the 13 treat stations (with three having a candy alternative) at Adventure Cove, Conservation Lake, and Asia Quest.
  • Jessie’s Jack-O-Lantern Journey — Take a self-guided walk through an enchanted path with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins.
  • Zoo Boo Choo-Choo — Hop on a train ride to Vertebrate Village and find a variety of skeletal creatures.
  • Giant Pumpkin Carving — Elephant-sized pumpkins will be on display + on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., a skilled craftsman will carve another jumbo pumpkin for guests to watch.
  • Character Craze Hay Maze — Navigate your way through 400 bales of hay daily from 12 p.m.-close.

More dressed-up details 🦇

  • Costumes are encouraged for those 13 and younger + should be appropriate for kids and families.
  • Boo at the Zoo events are included with regular admission, and parking is $10. Franklin County residents receive a discounted rate.
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