Boo at the Zoo

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 Centennial.

Join us for 10 nights (5-9 pm) of delightfully frightful fun during our annual Halloween tradition!

Tickets include : trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides 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.


Ticket Details

  • Tickets are required for ALL guests, including kids under 2
  • You MUST bring your ticket to enter the event (tickets can be printed or shown on a smart phone)
  • Tickets are transferable. You can give your tickets to someone else; you do not need to notify us.

Any-Night Tickets

Maximum flexibility, maximum fun!

Zoo Members: $12   |   Non-members: $15
Children under age 2: Free

  • Each ticket admits one person for one night of the event (any date)

Buy Any-Night 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, Sweet Tarts, Skittles and more.

Enchanted Village

Get your picture taken with a princess, meet our talking pumpkin and enjoy animal 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.

Beat the Crowds

The last weekend of Boo at the Zoo is certainly the busiest. Beat the heavy crowds and bring the family to the first weekend of Halloween festivities and take advantage of the First-Weekend Special!

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.

Lil Monsters Cafe

Upgrade your Boo at the Zoo experience to enjoy a boo-fet and guaranteed prime parking. On the menu: chili, hot dogs, mac & cheese, salad and more. Make your reservation for Lil Monsters Cafe when you purchase your Boo at the Zoo admission tickets online! (An option will appear after you add your Boo at the Zoo admission tickets to your cart.)

Pricing (includes sales tax): Guests Ages 2 & Up - $16, Children Under 2 - Free.
Dining times: 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15pm.

Please note, reservations ends 48 hrs before each time slot; Lil Monsters Cafe is not available for the first weekend of Boo at the Zoo.


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


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.


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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