October 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2016
For four nights in October, Como Zoo is transformed into a furry and fairy-tailed wonderland—a perfect fright-free destination for your tiniest trick-or-treaters. Community support and more than 200 costumed characters have helped to make Como Friends’ ZooBoo at Como Zoo one of the longest-running fundraisers for any nonprofit in the state.
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October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th, 2016
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ZooBoo Frequently Asked Questions
ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. It is a non-scary Halloween festival for families. For this unique event, Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun. More than 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.
No, tickets are good for any night of ZooBoo.
You can purchase tickets at the gate, but they are more expensive…the price goes up to $7.
All adults must have a ticket. All children who are trick-or-treating must have a child’s ticket. Children who are under two years of age and not trick-or-treating are free.
ZooBoo is best suited for children up to age 8.
Children will get about 10 treats…a variety of items from healthy fruits and snacks, to candy, stickers, and educational materials.
We do encourage kids to wear costumes – but ZooBoo is an outdoor event, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
Yes, children are encouraged to bring their own reusable treat bag.
ZooBoo guests are encouraged to use the FREE park and ride shuttle service during ZooBoo. The park and ride lot is a State Fair parking lot located on the south side of Como Avenue across from the State Fair’s Warner Coliseum. The shuttle runs from approximately 4:00-8:15pm each evening.
Typically the first weekend of ZooBoo (Oct. 22-23) is less busy than the second weekend (Oct. 29-30). Sundays are also lighter than Saturdays. Most guests come between 4:30-5:30pm, so the crowds are lighter after 6:00 pm each evening.
Most animals will not be out. The animals normally go to bed at 4 p.m. in October and ZooBoo begins after bedtime. However, some animals that sleep outside, such as the bison and Dall’s sheep may be visible during ZooBoo. Also the Polar Bears will have access to their outside exhibit during ZooBoo but we can’t guarantee that they’ll be visible.
ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. ZooBoo is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.
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