Boo at the Zoo returns with enhanced safety
Make tracks to Riverbanks Zoo for 8 nights of safe, family-friendly fun.
Boo at the Zoo returns Friday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 30.
A limited number of timed tickets are available each evening.
Tickets should be ordered in adance as most nights will sell out.
Boo at the Zoo will be 5 pm – 9 pm each night with enhanced covid-19 safety measures,
Parents and children will experience many traditional Boo favorites modified to help ensure the health and well-being of our guests, staff and animals.
Increased safety measures include the use of face masks and shields by all Boo at the Zoo volunteers. Volunteers at trick-or-treat booths also will be required to wear gloves and only use tongs to pass out candy. The Spooky Spots n’ Stripes Railroad and Haunted Carousel also will be open with rigorous cleaning and disinfecting measures in place.
Guests are invited to social distance while listening to the beat of the Eeky Freaky DJ. Ray’s Moonlight Magic is back with more show times to allow for social distancing. Guests also will notice additional spacing measures for roasting s’mores.
Trick-or-treating is reserved for kids 12 and under. Children should bring their own reusable bags or containers. Costumes also are encouraged. Guests are reminded to always wear face coverings indoors and outdoors when keeping a six-foot social distance is not possible; however, full face masks will not be permitted as part of costumes worn by adults.
Boo at the Zoo will take place rain or shine. A limited number of timed tickets are available each night and should be purchased in advance online. Advance admission is $11 for Riverbanks members and $13 for the general public. Children under 2 will be admitted free. Any unsold tickets purchased at the gate will be $15. Parking will be available at the Zoo entrance only at 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of America's best public gardens. The Zoo opened on April 25, 1974, and for nearly 50 years, has connected individuals, families and school children with the natural world. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, science and wildlife conservation. It is the mission of the Zoo and Garden to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation. For more information, visit www.riverbanks.org .