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Posted on: October 10, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate Halloween Early at Virginia Zoo’s ZooBoo

The most popular Virginia Zoo event is back!

Celebrate Halloween Early at Virginia Zoo’s ZooBoo 

NORFOLK, VA: The most popular Virginia Zoo event is back! ZooBoo, the annual Halloween festival at the Zoo is two days again this year.

On October 26 and 27 from 10 am to 5 pm, the Zoo turns into a fun fall delight with themed décor, costume contests, trick-or-treat stations, frightfully fun activities and crafts, and pumpkins for all of the animals to enjoy.

Families are encouraged to come in costume and take part in educational activities such as the Mad Scientist Lab in the World of Reptiles classroom or visit the Enchanted Forest at the Zoo’s new Run Wild! Nature Discovery Zone. Be sure to catch a presentation at the ZooLive! Stage with your favorite animal ambassadors while the exhibits are filled with pumpkins for the other animals to enjoy. New this year, families can also enjoy an interactive Fun Bus on Saturday and take advantage of the Norfolk Admirals’ inflatable hockey rink during Sunday’s event. The YMCA of South Hampton Roads will also be hosting a children’s play area with other fun activities during both event days.

Thanks to trick-or-treat station sponsors, the Zoo will pass out sustainably-produced candy and other treats. Sustainably-produced candy helps save orangutans and other endangered animals in the wild, which is why the Virginia Zoo buys only candy that is from companies who are members of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) and are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil. The Zoo will also be selling reZoosable trick-or-treat bags for just $1.

Tickets are on sale for just $6 for Virginia Zoo members (ages 2 and up) and $18 for non-members (ages 2 and up). Children under 2 are free. Cost does not include other amenities like the Zoo Train, bounce houses or food and beverages. Anyone who pre-purchases ZooBoo tickets before October 21st is also eligible to win free tickets to Haunted Hunt Club Farm. Winners are randomly selected and will be contacted via email.

Purchase your ZooBoo tickets in advance online at, by phone at 757-441-2374 or at the Membership Office during regular Zoo hours.

About the Virginia Zoo 

The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 150 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit


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