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Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Catering at the Zoo

Saturdays & Sundays
October 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

"Kooky not spooky" Halloween fun in the daytime sun! Come trick-or-treat with the animals! The zoo will be transformed into a bustling bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families to enjoy. Kids (and parents) - wear your costumes and bring your treat bags! Held rain or shine.

Zoo Boo Activities Include:

  • Trick-or-Treat Stations
  • Inflatable Activity Center
  • Halloween Temporary Tattoos
  • Face Painting - $5 per child
  • Pumpkin of Pachyderm Proportion
  • Creepy Crawly Animal Encounters and Keeper Talks
  • Cider & Donuts - for purchase
  • NEW: Wizard Sorting Ceremony - In the spirit and magic of those popular books and films. Complimentary wands for first 100 children who visit the sorting room each day, while supplies last.
  • Games
  • And Much More!

Zoo Boo Tickets:

Tickets give children access to trick-or-treat stations and activities.

Members: $8 per child - zoo admission is FREE for members

  • Only members may purchase advance sale tickets
  • Tickets are non-date specific and can be used on any Zoo Boo day
  • Members not trick-or-treating (adults & infants) are admitted FREE
    (Become a member now & enjoy all the benefits! Click here for info)
  • Unable to purchase advance tickets? No problem! Tickets are available at the ticket booth on Zoo Boo days

Non-Members: $8 per child - plus zoo admission 

  • Purchase tickets at the ticket booth on any Zoo Boo day
  • In addition to the event fee, non-members pay regular zoo admission
  • Additional discounts do not apply to ticketed/fundraising events in support of the zoo

Zoo Boo is held rain or shine; tickets are non-refundable.

Members: Don't wait in line!
Purchase tickets by clicking the button below,
onsite at the membership desk or by calling
(315) 435-8511 x113.

Activity Schedule

Subject to change




Trick-or-Treat Stations

Outdoor Zoo


Inflatable Activity Center

Banquet Room

Halloween Temporary Tattoos

Birthday Party Alcove
(Near Jungle Café)


Face Painting - $5 per child

Banquet Room Mezzanine


Wizard Sorting Ceremony

Upper Lobby
(Former Party Room)

10-3 Games

(Next to Primate Park)
Rain Plan: Banquet Room


Cider & Donuts - for purchase

Jungle Café
Seating Area

Pumpkin of Pachyderm Proportion

Outdoor Zoo
(Next to Contact Barn)


Science Experiment with American Chemical Society - Saturday 10/22 only

(Next to Primate Park)

10:30 White-Winged Vampire Bat Encounter Social Building
(Near Patas Monkey Exhibit)


Creepy Crawly Animal Encounter

Upper Lobby


Octopus Enrichment Demo

Octopus Exhibit
(Upper Lobby)


Pied Crow Encounter

Outdoor Zoo
(Across from Pole Barn)

2:00 Halloween ZOOmba -
Sundays 10/23, 10/30 only
Rain Plan: Banquet Room


Eurasian Eagle Owl Encounter

Outdoor Zoo
(Across from Pole Barn)



Sponsored by:






We would also like to thank the following for helping to make this event possible:

The Pumpkin Hollow
Walter Merriam
















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