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“Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer” Celebrates 40 Years (Media Release)

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)

“Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer” Celebrates 40 Years;
Tickets on Sale September 1 for This Popular Event
Families can social distance and celebrate Halloween festivities at the Zoo

This year, the Louisville Zoo celebrates 40 years of merry – not scary – fun at its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer. Tickets go on sale September 1 at 10 a.m. for the Halloween event that takes place October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30 (Thursday – Sunday nights, October 1-30).

Children can dress up in their wildest costumes for the event that turns the Zoo into a living storybook, complete with favorite characters brought to life, music, socially-distanced photo opportunities around every corner and, of course, a safe place to trick-or-treat for kids 11 and under.

Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer will have reduced nightly capacity to allow for ease of traffic flow and social distancing.

Tickets for Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer are $12.50 for non-members (both adults and children 3 and older) and $6 for members (both adults and children 3 and older). Children 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket. To minimize contact points, tickets are all-inclusive, covering the cost of Boo at the Zoo admission, parking, Spooktacular Carousel, “not-so-itsy-bitsy” Spider House and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow attraction.

Members and guests can purchase  tickets online at, with their chosen date and arrival time. Tickets are limited each night and some nights may sell out quickly.

Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer is a rain or shine event.

A limited amount of Meijer anytime tickets can be purchased at participating Meijer stores for $10.50 beginning September 26.  Visit for a list of stores.

Event Hours/Special Dates
On Boo at the Zoo event days:

  • The Zoo will close early for regular daytime visitors. Gates will close at 3 p.m. with guests being allowed to visit until 4 p.m.
  • Halloween guests can begin entering the Zoo at their selected times, starting at 5 p.m. The trick-or-treat route closes, and all guests must exit by 10 p.m.
  • Allergy Friendly night is Thursday, October 21 and will feature peanut-free treat booths and added non-food treats like stickers, pencils and more. Children with allergies can request an allergy-friendly option at each of the booths.

The Zoo encourages all visitors to wear costumes and ask that they be family friendly. Adults may not wear full costume masks that cover the entire face.

To learn more about the event and Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer activities, visit

Boo at the Zoo is presented by Meijer and sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Great Clips and PNC Grow Up Great with additional support from Councilman Pat Mulvihill & District 10 residents, Kid’s Dentistree, Ky Saves 529, Norton Children’s, Philpot Hay Company, T-Mobile, UPS and USA Image. Special thanks to Kosair Charities and Nu-Yale.

For updates to health policies and possible mask requirements before your chosen Boo night,  please visit

Animals:  While guests may catch a glimpse of a few, many animals will not be on exhibit in the evenings so they can rest and follow their regular fall schedules. There are no promises, but guests are most likely to see maned wolves, jaguars, bongos, and rhinoceros.

Boo at the Zoo presented by Meijer provides critical support every year to the Zoo’s animal care programs, visitor experience and conservation education.

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The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state Zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).