Binder Park Zoo celebrates 30 years of "Merry, not Scary" ZooBoo

A beloved fall tradition at Binder Park Zoo celebrates a milestone this year – ZooBoo is thirty years old!

ZooBoo 2017 kicks off with the annual Pumpkin Carve on Tuesday, October 17, from 4-7 pm under the Pine picnic pavilion. 

Free to the public, pumpkins, carving tools and refreshments are all provided –guests need only bring their imagination to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece that will be displayed inside the zoo!

ZooBoo runs October 19-29; Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 1-8pm (closed Monday through Wednesday).  Admission is $9 per person for zoo members and $10 for non-members and may be purchased at the gate. 

Admission includes unlimited train, carousel and hayrides, the Trick-or-Treat Trail, life-size games, and the Wild Science Zone with six spooky learning themes. Guests can also enjoy a series of exciting stage shows at the Wildlife Discovery Theater including the Ha Ha Halloween Show with puppeteer & ventriloquist Richard Paul, magic acts, Imagination Station, DJ Dance Party and more. 

The Boo-ville Carnival is back (.25 per ticket or $1 for 5) and paintball ($5 per game), too.  Costumes are encouraged as well as bringing your own trick-or-treat container.

ZooBoo goers can see the displays that were entered in the Scarecrow BOO-levard contest, and cast a vote for their favorite.   

The tradition of Halloween family fun continues at the 30th annual ZooBoo. For more information, visit