Boo at the Zoo

Upcoming Events

Boo at the Zoo

10/20/2017, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Weekly on Sunday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Nashville Zoo map


Tickets on sale now!

Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial.

Join us for 10 nights of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

Tickets include: games, entertainment, carousel rides, hayrides, trick-or-treating and more.

Additional fees apply for Soaring Eagle zip line* and concessions.

*Unlimited Ride Pass holders will be able to enjoy free rides during the event.

Are you a member and want to add the Unlimited Ride Pass? In general, the Membership Building is not open during special events. Please plan ahead and make your purchase during regular Zoo hours.

Dates & Times

Friday, Oct. 13 | 5-9pm
Saturday, Oct. 14 | 5-10pm
Sunday, Oct. 15 | 5-9pm

Friday, Oct. 20 | 5-9pm
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 5-10pm
Sunday, Oct. 22 | 5-9pm

Thursday, Oct. 26 | 5-9pm
Friday, Oct. 27 | 5-9pm
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 5-10pm
Sunday, Oct. 29 | 5-9pm


Ticket Details

  • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
  • Tickets are valid for one time use only
  • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
  • Tickets are transferable person-to-person. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.
  • No refunds or rainchecks

Flex Tickets

Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

Zoo Members: $13   |   Non-members: $16
Children under age 2: Free

  • Each ticket admits one person for one non-Saturday night of the event

Buy Flex Tickets

Saturday Flex+ Ticket

Choose a Saturday night & get an extra hour of fun!

Zoo Members: $14   |   Non-members: $17
Children under age 2: Free

  • Valid for one use on a Saturday night
  • Should you not be able to attend on a Saturday, your ticket will be valid for one use on any remaining non-Saturday event night

Buy Saturday Flex+ Tickets

What merry adventures await you this year?


Experience a fall festival like no other! Our Festival Field features carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, carousel, corn pit and more. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, which takes riders on a trip through the Zoo’s backroads to uncover magical scenes, festive friends and a stop through our famous Bubble Tunnel.

Story Tail Treat Trail

Take a walk around Zoo trail and uncover festive treats around every corner. Our candy selection is palm oil-free and includes favorites like M&M’s, Smarties, Skittles and more. Please note, trick-or-treating is intended for children only.

Enchanted Village

Get your picture taken with a princess or superhero, meet our talking pumpkin, enjoy a special animal show, see science and magic shows, and other entertainment at this special interactive area.

Frightful Farm

Designed for the super brave, spooky tales and scary surprises await. Take a Dying Traditions home tour and learn superstitions of the Victorian Age or visit the Haunted Barn and brave the zombies that have taken over.


Know Before You Go


Expect to see these animals as you stroll along the candy trails:

  • Africa Field - open until 8:30 p.m.
  • Shell Station- open until 7:30 p.m.
  • Flamingo Lagoon- open until 8:30 p.m.


After dark, these areas may be a little scary for very young children:
  • Troll Bridge
  • Vortex Valley
  • Scary-Go-Round
  • Howl-O-Ween Hayride
These areas can be scary for young children:
  • Frightful Farm
  • Haunted Barn
  • Dying Traditions & Superstitions Historic House tour

Beat the Crowds

The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Regardless of which day you come, arrive early! Gates will open at 5 p.m.

Food & Drink

There will be food and beverage available for purchase during the event, but you are welcomed to bring in outside food and drink.



Adults attending Boo at the Zoo are welcome to dress for the occasion. However, Boo at the Zoo is intended to be merry, not scary. In general, we do not permit adults to wear masks or scary costumes. Due to recent events, adult clown costumes are not permitted. All other costumes are up to Zoo security's discretion.

Plan for the weather

Boo at the Zoo is rain or shine. In the event of rain, some activities may be delayed or cancelled.


It takes many volunteers to make Boo at the Zoo happen. If you have questions about volunteering, email

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Become a Sponsor

Interested in having your company involved with Boo at the Zoo? Email to learn about our corporate package.

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