Boo at the Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, photo by Jeremy Enlow


October 29, 2021 to October 31, 2021
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM


Fort Worth Zoo View map
1989 Colonial Parkway,
Fort Worth, TX, 76110

Additional Information

  • Website:
  • Line/Box Office Phone: 817/759-7555
  • Cost: Free with admission: $16 for adults, $12 for children ages 3 to 12, $12 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for children 2 and younger.
  • Ages: All ages


No tricks here, Boo at the Zoo is back October 29–31. Enjoy treat stations, themed entertainment, animal shows and more around the Fort Worth Zoo. The festival daytime event is free with zoo admission or membership and packed with fun for the whole family. Plus, you'll get to see the amazingly realistic 3D chalk art of Fort Worth mom Jan Riggins.

Treat stations require a treat coupon. Fort Worth Zoo guests and members will receive six treat coupons (per admission ticket/membership) at the entrance at no additional cost. Additional treat coupons may be purchased ($3 for six coupons) at the designated merchandise locations around the park. Treat coupons may be redeemed at treat stations throughout the entire zoo.

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for all ages. For everyone’s safety, all adults (ages 13 and older) must leave their faces clearly visible and identifiable at all times – adults in heavy makeup or full-faced costume masks will not be allowed into the zoo.

Pumpkin Patch

The Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Pumpkin Patch is now open to the public for entries! The Zoo will display pumpkins transformed into works of art created by members of the community. Decorate a pumpkin with paint, stencils, accessories – whatever you can dream up. (Because we don’t want your pumpkin to rot, please do not carve.) Please keep all material family-friendly. (No pumpkins of religious nature or politically themed pumpkins, please.)

All items displayed must be the work of the pumpkin artist. Pumpkin artist must provide his or her own pumpkin and decorating materials. This is a juried pumpkin patch; unfortunately, not all entries will be chosen for display. If your pumpkin is selected for display, you will receive one complimentary pass to Boo at the Zoothat can be used any of the three days: Oct. 29, 30 and 31. All ages are welcome to apply.
To enter, email two to three low-res photos (preferably JPGs) of your entry to by Friday, Oct. 22. Please also include:
  • Boo at the Zoo pumpkin entry” in subject line.
  • Title of your pumpkin art.
  • Name and age of the artist.
  • If your pumpkin is chosen for display and you would like it back after Boo at the Zoo, you may pick it up at the zoo’s Administration Building during business hours (8:30am–5:30pm.) Monday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 5. Any remaining pumpkins will be disposed of at the end of the day Friday, Nov. 5.

Halloween entertainment

Professor Pop's Bubble Show – Don’t you wish you loved anything as much as children love bubbles? This is a whole show full of bubble tricks sure to delight guests of all ages.
10:30am, noon, 1:30pm and 3pm at Special Events Pavilion

Hoo-Booville – In this festive show a friendly scarecrow is ready to have some fun with music, marionette puppets and magic.
11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm and 3:45pm at Texas Town in Texas Wild!

Renfield the Bat – You’ve never met a more fun bat! Renfield will have the kids up, movin’ and groovin’.
11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm and 4pm at Special Events Pavilion

Mad Scientist Animal Stage Show – Every mad scientist needs a furry or not-so-furry sidekick!
Noon, 1:30pm and 3pm at Outdoor Learning Theater

Magical Monster Mash – This Halloween show includes magic, music and audience participation.
10:30am, noon, 1:30pm and 3pm at The Reserve

Pumpkin Patch – Be sure to take a gander at this gourdeous gathering of pumpkins painted by local residents and Zoo staff.
10am–5pm at Waterfowl Walk, across the main path from MOLA

Strolling Characters – Keep an eye out for special, beloved characters roaming the main path. Perfect for a photo op!
10am–5pm along the zoo's main path

Razzmajazz – Try not to tap your toes and smile when you hear the happy sounds of this brass trio.
11am–2pm along the zoo's main path

Kids’ Coloring Zone – Pop by to spend some time coloring the Halloween-themed banner along the construction fence.
10am–5pm at along the Zoo main path

Bone Rattler Express – Listen to some Halloween ditties and spot some spooky sights as you ride the rails. One-way tickets are $4 ($3 for Zoo members).
10am–5pm at Safari Depot and Texas Depot

Kooky Carousel - The carousel animals have magically turned themselves around. Take a backward ride, if you dare! Tickets are $4 per ride ($3 for Zoo members).
10am–5pm at Texas Town, across from the train depot

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Photo courtesy of Jeremy Enlow