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 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.

Check out more fall fun on Lex Fun 4 Kids!  

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