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HalGLOWeen

October 11–13; 18–20; and 25–27
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Our popular event is growing this year, filling the last three weekends of October with glowing fun, giggles, and grins. Give Boolahoops a spin, bop to the beat among bubbles, marvel at acrobats, join the cupcake walk, enjoy Halloween sounds, and more. October 11–13; 18–20; and 25–27. Kids 11 and younger can come in costumes that align with our guidelines.

ACTIVITIES

Young children enjoying a glow-in-the-dark bubble dance party.

Bubble Dance Party

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Hua Mei Café

Get into the groove and move to fun Halloween tunes, as bursts of bubbles bob and float around you.

Flamingo puppet and puppeteer.

Boo Crew

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Asian Passage; Front Street

Asian Passage: Everyone’s in the spirit of HalGLOWeen at the Zoo! Come meet, hug, and get a picture with our Zoo Characters in their Halloween costumes.

Front Street: Get some memorable images with our popular flamingo and giraffe pageantry puppets, as well as stilt-walking scarecrows.

Young girls and a wigged woman hoola hooping.

Boolahoops

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • Wegeforth Bowl entrance

Grab a glowing hula hoop and play along! Enthusiastic emcees put a fun spin on the action and help everyone get in the swing of things.

Screech owl

Featured Creatures

  • Front Street Stage; Africa Rocks Stage

Get the inside scoop about some of our animals from the people who know them best—their keepers! It’s a great chance to see some interesting creatures in a special way.

Front Street Stage: 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Africa Rocks Stage: 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.

Dancer wearing glow-in-the-dark bowtie and monkey ears on his cap.

Funky Monkeys

  • 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:30, and 8:15 p.m.
  • Hua Mei Café

Our agile and exuberant dancers will demonstrate and teach you fun, jazzy dance moves.

Python path sign

Python Path

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Reptile House

Make your way through freaky fog and spooky sounds to discover surprising sights, like slithering snakes (behind glass).

ENTERTAINMENT

Dr. Zoolittle

Dr. Zoolittle's Tricks & Treats

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • Africa Rocks Stage

Our Maestro of Fun has plenty of grins, giggles, and tricks up his sleeves—as well as the popular cupcake walk!

Glow0in-the-dark acrobats

The Spooky Revue

  • 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • Behind Sydney's Grill

This wow-filled show has plenty of twists and turns provided by a variety of acrobats!

Organ player.

Dusty Keys—Tunes from Beyond

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Boardwalk Beer Garden

Nothing conjures that Halloween feeling like organ music—so gather 'round and get in the spooky mood as our talented keyboardist makes magic on a full organ.

DJ equipment

San Diego Zoo Rock Radio 201.8

  • 5 to 9 p.m. (continuous)
  • Front Street

Our delightful DJ keeps the atmosphere upbeat, with fun patter and fresh tunes flowing.

Guitar lit up by stage lights.

Skeleton Band

  • 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
  • Wegeforth Bowl

No bones about it, our lively Skeleton Band will get you in the HalGLOWeen mood.

Happy Family 4-D

4-D Theater: Happy Family

  • 5 to 8 p.m. (continuous)
  • Northern Frontier

Experience the fast-paced, magical mayhem as the Wishbone family attempts to reverse the spell that an evil witch places on them.

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