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Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October
Activities start at 5 p.m. 


HalGLOWeen—the world-famous San Diego Zoo’s light-up-the-night, Halloween-themed extravaganza—is back! This year’s glowing celebration of color has been expanded to five weekends in October—Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. So, get ready to enjoy some safe, family fun at this glittering and glimmering annual spectacular full of entertainment and interactive festivities. Ages 11 and younger enter free.


Band dressed in skeleton costumes

Skeleton Band

  • 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Front Street Stage, Front Street

Halloween hits will fill the night air—and they'll have your bones up and moving—when this talented quintet gets the Front Street Stage rockin' to their groovy, ghouly sounds.

Boo Crew Scarecrow

Boo Crew

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Mercado, Front Street

Along Front Street, guests will get to meet and greet our mischievous scarecrow stilt-walkers during their evening of fun.

Python path sign

Python Path

  • Continuous
  • Reptile House, Front Street

The Reptile House takes on a new look after dark, as guests get to see some of the Zoo’s reptiles in a whole new light.


Dancing with glow-in-the-dark hula hoops


  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Centennial Plaza – Near Wegeforth Bowl

Centennial Plaza will come alive with physical activities for youths as the popular Boolahoops returns to the area. They’ll enjoy interactive family fun, hoop contests, and games every evening during the event. All of the hosted HalGLOWeen fun will get young people of all ages hoopin’, jumpin’, and twirlin’ to all the upbeat Halloween hits!



Featured Creatures

  • 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • Rady Ambassador Presentation Area

Our education and wildlife care teams will introduce some animal friends with a "spooky" reputation—sharing how these creatures are important to the environment, and are not really scary at all.


The Spiders' W.E.B.

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (Continuous)
  • Desert Dunes, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp

Hanging high above Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, our talented, acrobatic spider performer shows off their skills, bringing an arachnid glow to the area for HalGLOWeen.

singing pumpkins

The GLOW-Go's

  • 7 to 9 p.m. (Every 10 minutes)
  • Busy Bee Patio, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp

Squash, Gourdon, and Alicia, our animated, neon pumpkin singing group, will keep you laughing and singing along to their HalGLOWeen-themed songs.


Glow-in-the-dark acrobats

Spooky Revue

  • 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. (20 minutes)
  • Sydney’s Grill, Outback

Join our host, Mr. Scare D. Cat, as he features a kooky variety of acts in this glowing and acrobatic variety show. 

San Diego Zoo costume characters

Boo Crew - Zoo Characters

  • 5:45, 6:50, and 7:55 p.m. (20 minutes)
  • Boardwalk Beer Garden, Outback

At the Boardwalk, guests will get to meet and greet Dr. Harry & Friends, all dressed in their Halloween finest, and ready to trick or treat!  

Organ player.

Dusty Keys

  • 5, 6:05, 7:10, and 8:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • Boardwalk Beer Garden, Outback

The eerie and talented organ keyboardist with tunes from beyond will return to haunt the Boardwalk stage, bringing chills—and smiles—to all who enter his lair. 


Dr. Zoolittle

Dr. Zoolittle's Tricks & Treats

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

The inimitable Dr. Z gets in on the HalGLOWeen fun with interactive games and costume fun on the Africa Rocks Stage. 


bubble dance party participants

Bubble Dance Party

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Hua Mei Plaza, Asian Passage

Dance the night away, as our DJ plays the Halloween hits, and everyone helps count down to the release of billions of bubbles several times every hour.


Mariachi singer with Dia de Los Muertos face paint

Dia de los Muertos Mariachi

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Sabertooth Mexican Grill, Elephant Odyssey

Celebrate in glowing style with acoustic guitar and strolling mariachi entertainment at Sabertooth Mexican Grill*.

*October 20-22, Dia de los Muertos Mariachi will be performing at The Bridge.


Eurasian Eagle Owl

Inside Lurk: Nature’s Tricks and Treats

  • For all ages
  • $113 and up
  • Select dates in October
  • 2 hours
  • View Age/Safety Restrictions

    For all ages. Wear comfortable shoes. Some standing and walking required. Maximum of two children per adult; children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult. All tour participants require a ticket, regardless of age.

Don’t miss out! This limited-time opportunity takes you on a spook-tacular seasonal adventure around the San Diego Zoo. Our wildlife care experts will guide you through this 2-hour “fang-tastic” experience where you’ll discover some of nature’s most mysterious tricks and get up close as intriguing wildlife munches on their favorite creepy-crawly treats. Prepare to spend some time with animals that slither, swoop, and squirm!

Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts


Groom and bride embracing as a giraffe looks on in the distance.
Wild Weddings

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