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October 11–13; 18–20; and 25–27

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.


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.


  • 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).


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.

Child's tiger facemark, adult koala mask, child's polar bear.

Face Masks

In Child and Adult sizes!
Amahle the hippo calf in her pool.


Knockaround. Image of giraffe and giraffe pattern sunglasses.

Polarized Giraffe Sunglasses ($30)

Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts