Boo at the Zoo is a fun, safe, and festive way for kids to celebrate Halloween.
Boo at the Zoo is a fun, safe, and festive way for kids to celebrate Halloween.

Mask Wearing is Cool as Boo at the Zoo Returns for 2020 Run

Mask up and grab your costumes because Boo at the Zoo returns to the Bronx Zoo this October, bringing with it plenty of Halloween fun for New York City kids.

The event officially kicks off Thursday, October 1, but the required timed-entry tickets are already on sale. Read on for more details on one of our annual favorites that gives us hope Halloween isn't canceled here.

Aside from seeing more than 6,000 furry friends at one of our favorite local zoos, Boo at the Zoo brings lots of fun extra perks to a Bronx Zoo visit.

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Be prepared to be wowed at the magic and mind-reading shows. 

Daily magic and mind-reading shows are on tap, and kids can explore the extinct animal graveyard, too. What would the holiday be without a few treats? The trick-or-treat trail returns with goodies for all. Enjoy professional pumpkin-carving displays and take in the stunning jack-o-lanterns of the Pumpkin Trail. You can also search for masked animals on a "MASKerade" scavenger hunt.

Special performances include animal puppet shows and Wildlife Theater presentations at Astor Court, plus costumed stilt walkers available for socially distant photos.

Boo at the Zoo attractions run Thursdays through Sundays from Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, November 1, plus Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. Timed-entry tickets are available online.

All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear masks, and more COVID-19 protocols have been put in place. See the Know Before You Go page on the Bronx Zoo website for full details.

Photos by Julie Larsen Maher

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