The St. Louis Zoo
is a great place to take the kids any time of year, but for some spooky fun, you might want to plan a visit in October during Boo at the Zoo
. The annual family-friendly Halloween celebration gives children (and their parents) the chance to explore the Zoo at night, take in the colorful decorations, make crafts and more. Here's information on what to see and do at Boo at the Zoo
For more ideas on celebrating Halloween with the kids, see Top Family-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis.
Dates and Admission:
Boo at the Zoo
is held each year in the weeks leading up to Halloween. In 2013, Boo at the Zoo is October 18 through 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Zoo will also host a Spooky Saturday party for kids on October 26.
Most events at the St. Louis Zoo are free, but Boo at the Zoo is one of a handful of annual events that charge a nominal admission fee. The cost is $4 for Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Children younger than two get in free. Kids ages two to 12 who are dressed in costume also get a $1 discount on the price of admission. Parking is free at the Zoo's south lot.
Boo at the Zoo offers all kinds of kid-friendly fun. Children can wander through the Fragile Forest Fairyland, hear spooky stories around the campfire, make Halloween crafts and learn about owls, spiders and other creepy critters at the Children's Zoo. An important note for parents: Kids receive treat bags when they leave, but there is no trick-or-treating during Boo at the Zoo.
Another fun way to enjoy Boo at the Zoo
is by taking a night hike through the Zoo grounds. A Zoo guide takes guests to explore Sea Lion Sound, Big Cat Country and the Herpetarium in the dark. The hikes are designed to be spooky, but not scary for young children. The cost for the hikes is $5 per person. Children two and younger are free.
Kids who don't want to hike, may like to take a spin of the Conservation Carousel. The popular ride is decked out in cob webs and other Halloween decorations during Boo at the Zoo. Each ride is $3 and Zoo members can use their passes.
If you can't make it to the Zoo in the evenings, there's always the Spooky Saturday party on the weekend nearest to Halloween. Children can go trick-or-treating along the Pumpkin trail, meet costumed characters, make crafts and play games. The party is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for Spooky Saturday is free.