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Can’t-Miss Event: ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

For the past 37 Octobers, the Indianapolis Zoo has been hosting one of fall’s best traditions: ZooBoo. Opening day was October 4th and I couldn’t wait to dress my baby toddler up as an elephant and take him to his first ZooBoo. Visiting the zoo during ZooBoo combined all your favorite animals plus trick-or-treating and Halloween activities for a truly unforgettable family experience.

Pumpkin Town

Our first stop at ZooBoo was to check out Pumpkin Town located in the Bicentennial Pavilion. Pumpkin Town is filled with fun activities including the Mirror Maze, Pumpkin School, and the not-so-scary creatures. Our little elephant particularly enjoyed the Mirror Maze so much so we had to do it twice. The not-so-scary creatures were also a big hit, these adorable animals will be available for adoption after ZooBoo ends on Oct. 28. You can ask one of the friendly witches for more information if this is something your family is interested in.

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Round-Go-Merry

The Merry-Go-Round is always one of our stops when we visit the Indianapolis Zoo. There is something slightly different about the way it operates during ZooBoo.

Trick-or-Treating

Everyone knows the best part about Halloween is Trick-or-Treating! ZooBoo gives you your chance to practice those trick-or-treating skills all throughout the plains. Five stations scattered through the Plains will provide conservation-conscious snacks that contain only certified sustainable palm oil. Allergy-friendly options are also available upon request.

Broomstick Alley

Broomstick Ally is a zoo favorite and located in a new spot this year. This year it will be near the Westside Café. Kids can race though a fun obstacle course with their broom in hand.

More Info about ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Discount tickets are available at area Donatos and Indiana Members Credit Union locations. ZooBoo will run every Thursday through Sunday in October, providing 16 days of active animals and spooktacular fun. The Zoo will open daily at 9 am, and guests are encouraged to come early then stay to enjoy activities from 2-7 pm.


Wendy has been working for Indy’s Child Magazine for the past 8 years and had her first baby last October. Wendy and her husband are adjusting to life with a baby and are always looking for something new they can do as a family. 

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