Costumes, candy and our favorite animal friends – the Alaska Zoo’s signature Halloween event returns


Families in search of ideas for what Halloween events to check out need look no further than the Alaska Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo coming up Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. If you’re coming for your first Zoo Boo, we’ve got some pro tips to make sure you have the most spook-tacular time possible.

What should you bring? The entirety of the zoo grounds will be decorated in the Halloween spirit; and, while the decorations are a little spooky, they are all family friendly and will provide lots of photo opportunities for families trick-or-treating around the zoo. Kids should also be sure to bring a bucket or bag to collect their candy from the various trick-or-treat stations.


Now what to wear? There are endless homemade zoo animal costume ideas. Here are a few of our favorite animal costume ideas, inspired by the species who live at the Alaska Zoo.

Try dressing up your little tyke like one of our resident moose. All you need is a brown onesie and two stuffed gloves sewn to a hood or on a headband to make the antlers. Check out this cute DIY costume from House of Paint.


Have a gray, hooded sweatshirts lying around? Try making it into one of the members of our wolf pack. This project will be “sew” easy because there is no sewing required! All you need is the gray hoodie, the pattern, felt, scissors and a hot glue gun. Follow the simple steps and your kiddos are sure to have a howling good time.

Or maybe you want to dress up like the man himself, the Alaska Zoo’s Executive Director Pat Lampi! Try these simple steps to complete your zookeeper costume. Find a pair of binoculars or even toy binoculars, don a safari hat and lace up some hiking boots – your zookeeper costume idea is complete. For an added effect try carrying around some stuffed animals purchased from our gift shop.

Zoo Boo is a great place to spot trending Halloween costumes like the superheroes from “The Avengers” series or the classics like “Wonder Woman” and “Superman.” And there are always plenty of traditional costumes on display, from princesses to pirates, cops to cowboys. We encourage the adults who come to Zoo Boo to also get in on the fun or even consider participating in a group costume with their family. Over the years we’ve seen everything from “The Incredibles” to the VonTrapps from “The Sound of Music.”

Zoo Boo tickets are available online and in person the day of the event. Tickets will be $10 per person ages 3 and over at the gate during the event, however you can tickets cheaper online in advance. Online tickets are $9 per non-member adult, $8 per zoo member adult and $7 per youth (all kids ages 3-17). Ages 2 and under are always free! Click here to visit our Zoo Boo page and buy your tickets online today!

There is a shuttle that will run from Service High School every 10-15 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle, as it will keep lines moving, reduce backup at the parking lots and ensure every family has a great time. The last shuttle will leave South High School at 7:15 p.m., for the last entry to Zoo Boo at 7:30 p.m.

Halloween is just one of the holidays we brighten up with animal fun. Find out what other family-friendly events, like winter’s Zoo Lights, are happening at the Alaska Zoo by visiting our events web page at www.alaskazoo/org.

Thank you to all of the 2019 Zoo Boo sponsors for their support:

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