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San Francisco Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo is getting in on the Halloween fun with its family favorite Boo at the Zoo. This year they’re featuring a smaller version of past years’ celebrations, but they’ll still have the popular costume contest and parade. Event dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30. You’ll have to make advance reservations though, which are available now.

Pro Tip: Get your tickets early as this is a popular event and space is limited!

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Wear costumes or not, SF Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is fun for all ages | Photo: Julie Herson

What is San Francisco Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo?

While there won’t be trick-or-treating around the zoo like in past years, there will still be Halloween decorations, music and the popular costume contest and parade. Throughout the Zoo you’ll also find fun Day of the Dead haunted houses and other fun decorations. You can also visit the Picnic Pavilion near Puente al Sur to enjoy a beer garden and delicious German fare, plus live music. The star of the show though is the costume parade and contest.

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The colorful Dia De Los Muertos decorations throughout the Zoo are festive and fun | Photo: Julie Herson

At noon on each event day, your family can join in on a fun costume parade and contest with prizes awarded for the top three in these categories: Best Costume, Best Family Costume and Best Animal Costume. The parade and contest take place by Lion Fountain next to Penguin Island. Line up early or grab a spot on a bench near the penguins to watch the parade go by. So many cute animal costumes!

Find lots more places to wear your Halloween costume this year >>


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The costume parade at SF Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is very popular | Photo: Julie Herson

Oakland Zoo also has a Boo at the Zoo>

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Lots of great costumes at the SF Zoo’s Halloween Parade | Photo: Julie Herson

When is San Francisco’s Boo at the Zoo?

Boo at the Zoo is only one weekend: Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30. You’ll have to make advance reservations (just general admission tickets), which are available now. Get your tickets early though as this is a popular event!

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My little beetle loved looking at all the amazing insects at the SF Zoo | Photo: Julie Herson

If you go to Boo at the Zoo

Address: Sloat Blvd &, Upper Great Hwy, San Francisco

Cost: Members: FREE, Adults (12-64) $25, Seniors (65 and over) $20, Children (2-11) $18, Children (under 2) Free | Parking: weekdays $11, weekends and holidays $13

Reservations: Make your reservations ahead of your desired date here>


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Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

Costumes? Yes! Maybe animal themed??

Masks?: Everyone over age 2 must wear masks in indoor exhibits.

Read more about our past visit to the SF Zoo here and here>


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The giraffes didn’t seem to know it was Halloween | Photo: Julie Herson

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