Halloween Fun for the Kids at New Jersey Zoos

Celebrate Halloween at NJ Zoos with your Kids and Family

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Yes, it's the spookiest month of the year--and October is also chock-full of fun family activities all over our great state!  Forget that door-to-door treat-trolling and try something different this year: take your family to an NJ zoo. It's always an enjoyable way to spend a family day, but add some candy, costumes and fun activities and your little NJ ghouls will be having a blast in no time! And don't forget to check out our Halloween Activities Guide.

The Great Pumpkin Weekend at Turtle Back Zoo- West Orange, NJ
October 8-10
Celebrate Columbus Day weekend pumpkin-style at Turtle Back's Great Pumpkin Weekend. Festivities include live music, a pumpkin carver,  animal enrichment, and giveaways.

Boo at Space Farms Zoo & Museum- Sussex, NJ
October 15, 22 and 29
Let the kids get decked out in their Halloween finest, and visit Space Farms Zoo for a costume contest and goody bags. Plus, costumed kids under 12 receive free admission with a paying adult.

Boo at the Cape May County Zoo- Cape May, NJ
October  22
Events for the entire family, such as a magic show, amusement rides, candy, kids' craft stations, Halloween costume contest, and over 500 animals! And it's all FREE!

Boo at the Cohanzick Zoo- Bridgeton, NJ
October 22
Come for a little Boo at NJ's very first zoo. Wear your creepiest, prettiest, wildest costume for a fun & treat filled family friendly event, with treats, crafts, face painting, costumes and more. 

Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo- Paramus, NJ
October 21-22
The Bergen County Zoo goes Boo for Halloween, with trick-or-treating, ghostly storytelling, magic shows and an eerie train ride (train ride not recommended for younger children).

Safe Howl-O-Ween- West Orange NJ
October 31
Trick-or-treat among furry friends at Turtle Back's perfect-for-little-ones event right on Halloween. Candy stations will be set up throughout the zoo. Plus, hop aboard the train ride for more Halloween amusement.

And if you are in NYC:

Boo at the Bronx Zoo- Bronx, NY
Saturdays and Sundays thru October 30
A Halloween tradition at the Bronx Zoo. Every weekend from now until Halloween, celebrate the spookiest month of the year with creepy crawling animals and reptiles, hay rides, a haunted mansion, live music, magic, a hay maze, pumpkin carving, children’s theater and tons more!

Originally published 2012


The Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue
07052 West Orange , NJ
Phone: 973-731-5800
40° 46' 4.6704" N, 74° 16' 51.2508" W
New Jersey
Cape May County Zoo
707 Route 9 North
08210 Cape May Court House , NJ
Phone: 609-465-1033
39° 6' 6.1416" N, 74° 48' 35.4024" W
New Jersey
Bergen County Zoo
216 Forest Avenue
07652 Paramus , NJ
Phone: 201-262-3771
40° 55' 50.376" N, 74° 3' 4.6044" W
New Jersey
Bronx Zoo
2300 South Blvd
Bronx , NY
Phone: 718-367-1010
40° 53' 36.762" N, 73° 51' 42.1668" W
New York
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 County Road 519
07461 Sussex , NJ
Phone: 973-875-5800
41° 12' 39.5028" N, 74° 41' 40.2072" W
New Jersey