Boo at the LA Zoo

Fall is a fun season to visit the LA Zoo. “Boo at Zoo” at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is when things get a little “spooky,” the entire month of October. We visited this past weekend, as guests of the zoo, to explore and share our experience.

Spooky Stroll and Mystery Maze

“Spooky Stroll” is a new addition to Boo at the Zoo. This section is styled with haystacks, pumpkins, games, a small maze, and photo-ops. The Endangered Animal Graveyard states interesting facts about species that are no longer with us, and ways to help those presently at-risk.

Boo Bird Show

Vulture at “Boo Bird Show”
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We really enjoyed the Boo Bird Show – normally called the World of Birds Show, but featuring birds of prey such as owls and vultures. It was really amazing to see these fierce birds, safely in the venue with the caretakers. This educational show is a must-see!

Animals & Boo

This special variation of Animals & You allows you to get up close and personal to some creepy critters. We saw snakes and other reptiles!

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This dark, cavernous section houses rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. It’s a permanent part of the zoo and always fun to check out.

Educational and Entertainment Booths

Compare your hand with a gorilla’s!

There are several booths near the entrance of the Spooky Stroll. We compared our hands with a replica of a gorilla, did arts and crafts, and took a picture at a photo booth!


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Also check out: Spooktacular Science Show and the Monster Menagerie Puppet Show


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It’s all treats and no tricks for the zoo animals as they enjoy seasonal treats, including pumpkins and fresh meat and bones for the meat-eaters. Be sure to check the feeding schedule online or upon arrival.

Boo at the LA Zoo

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“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” is free with paid admission and runs weekends-only in October.
Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27.  Halloween activities, shows and animal feedings take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All daytime activities are free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership.

On the last two weekends in October, additional trick-or-treat candy stations will be added throughout the grounds. Trick-or-Treating Dates: October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27.  Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, “Boo at the L.A. Zoo” trick-or-treating is free with paid Zoo admission.

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Disclaimer: WestsideMommy was invited as a member of the press to attend a special media preview day in order to share our experience. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.