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October 1–3, 8–10, 15–17, 22–24, and 29–31
Activities start at 5 p.m. 


Our popular October event is back, and bigger than ever! Join us weekends—all month long—to help us light up the night until 9 p.m.! There's fun for the whole family, with musical entertainment, dance parties, special performances, and more—plus Dr. Zoolittle, Zoo characters, and tempting food specials. Kids 11 and younger can come in costumes that align with our guidelines. HalGLOWeen is included in all memberships and all admission tickets.


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 joins the countdown to the release of billions of bubbles several times every hour.

Python path sign

Python Path

  • Continuous
  • Reptile Plaza, Discovery Outpost

The Reptile Plaza 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)
  • Front Street Stage, Front Street

The Front Street Stage area will come alive with physical activities for kids. The interactive family fun, games, and prizes will take place between rockin’ musical sets by The Skeleton Band. All the hosted HalGLOWeen fun will get children of all ages jumpin’, shufflin’, and slidin’ to all the upbeat Halloween hits!


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 spirit with his interactive games, cake pop competition, and costume fun.


Featured Creatures

  • 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • Oasis Outpost, Discovery Outpost

Our wildlife care teams show off some spooky animal friends and explain how these creatures are important to the environment. Find out why they're not as scary as some people think, as guests visit a few wildlife habitats around the Zoo.

Organ player.

Dusty Keys—Tunes from Beyond

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

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.

DJ equipment

San Diego Zoo Rock Radio 201.8

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (Continuous)
  • Oasis Outpost, Discovery Outpost

Playing all of the “sweet” hits of the season, our DJ will keep your toes tapping.

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

The Halloween hits will fill the night air and have your bones up and movin’, as this talented quintet has you rockin’ to their groovy, ghouly sounds.

Flamingo puppet characters at the Zoo

Boo Crew: Puppets

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (Continuous)
  • Mercado, Front Street

Come meet and greet HalGLOWeen characters—like our glowing animal puppet friends and even some mischievous scarecrow stilt-walkers—during an evening of fun.

Glow-in-the-dark acrobats

Spooky Revue

  • 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. (18 minutes)
  • Sydney's Grill, Outback

Join our host Scare D. Cat as he features a kooky variety of acts like unicyclists, aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats in this glowing variety show.

San Diego Zoo costume characters

Boo Crew: Zoo Characters

  • 5:45, 6:50, and 7:55 p.m.
  • 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!

Mariachi singer with Dia De Los Muertos face paint

Dia de los Muertos Mariachi

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • Sabertooth Mexican Grill, Elephant Odyssey

The Hispanic holiday will be celebrated in glowing style with strolling acoustic guitar mariachi entertainment.

Protective cloth face masks featuring chubby unicorn designs, gorilla, and lion.


In Child and Adult sizes!
two people wearing wildlife alliance t-shirts


Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts


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

Picture Your Special Day at the Park!



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