Boo at the Zoo 2020

Join us for the Northland’s favorite Halloween event!

We had a very high number of orders yesterday (Friday, October 9) which caused an issue with confirmation emails. We will be sending out individual receipts, but if you arrive before receiving your email, please have your valid ID ready and provide your name. We will be able to look you up that way and you will be all set!

We are bringing a fall tradition to you with the health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals as our top priority. It just wouldn’t be Halloween in Duluth without Boo at the Zoo!

How can I buy tickets?


We encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible due to the limit of 125 people per time frame – we anticipate they will sell out quickly!

All tickets must be purchased in advance for each Boo at the Zoo date. You will have a selection of 2-hour time slots for each date. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone by calling 218-730-4500 ext. 200!

You must bring your valid ID with you to redeem your tickets.

Event Maps

We will not be handing out physical maps – so save this to your phone or print at home! There will be maps located throughout grounds as well.


What activities will be happening?

  • Trick-or-treating stations
  • Mini pumpkin hunt
  • I-Spy scavenger hunt
  • Chalk Walk
  • Pumpkin Patch ($5 pumpkin sales!)
  • Magic show
  • Music

What health & safety measure will be in place?

  • Our capacity is limited and carefully monitored to ensure physical distancing. Each 2-hour time slot is limited to 125 tickets per group to be in adherence with the limit of 250 guests on Zoo grounds at one time.
  • one-way path is designated throughout the Zoo. Map coming soon!
  • Hand-sanitizer stations are available throughout the Zoo.
  • Guests of the Zoo are asked to refrain from visiting if they are in a high-risk or vulnerable category for COVID-19, are not feeling well or have a fever. 
  • Guests are encouraged to wear face coverings, utilize hand-sanitizing stations, and maintain a six-foot distance from other groups.
  • Additional sanitation of high-touch surfaces and restrooms will be performed throughout the day.
  • Zoo staff must wear face coverings and their health will be monitored each day prior to reporting to work.
  • Extended event dates allow for all capacity limits and required safety measures.
  • Vendors and treat stations will be limited to twenty per day and will be located six feet off of our pathways, allowing our visitors the opportunity to choose to interact with vendors only if they feel comfortable doing so.
  • Only vendors will hand out candy, there will be no self-serve candy distribution.
  • All games and entertainment will be adapted to allow for six feet of social distancing between families and will be conducted in areas of the zoo where the ability to social distance is more prevalent.
  • Opportunities for non-group related activities such as a scavenger hunt will also be provided.
  • In accordance with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-81, all visitors and vendors will be required to wear masks and face coverings in all indoor buildings (Main building, Primate Conservation Center, and Australia building).
  • When interacting with a vendor, guests will be required to wear masks.
  • Any guest that becomes symptomatic during the event is required to leave immediately along with anyone they arrived with.

Will there be food options available?

Yes! There will be a variety of food vendors throughout each weekend. Check back as we add more vendors!

  • K&B Grilled Cheese – Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24
  • MAD Dash Cookies – Saturday, October 10 & Sunday, October 11
  • Cappy’s Kettle Corn – Every event date

What treat stations will be there?

Saturday, October 10

  • Economy Garages
  • Spirit Mountain
  • Believer’s Church
  • LSC Dental Hygiene
  • Farmers Insurance – Andrew Chapin
  • Hip & Ridge Construction
  • Kwik Trip
  • Heritage Window & Doors
  • Superior Choice Credit Union

Sunday, October 11

  • Mary Kay – Samantha Hayes
  • Spirit Mountain
  • Superior Public Museums
  • LSC Dental Hygiene
  • Lauralloons
  • Farmers Insurance – Andrew Chapin
  • Hip & Ridge Construction
  • Kwik Trip
  • Heritage Window & Doors

Do members need to purchase tickets?

Yes but as a member you receive a special discount of $2 per ticket!

Who needs to purchase a ticket?

Everyone! Ticket prices are for all ages. The only exception is for infants or very young children who are not trick-or-treating.

Can I switch my tickets to another weekend? What if it rains?

  • Tickets will are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be changed for an alternate date/time.
  • Event is rain, snow, or shine.
  • Tickets available online only
  • Must have a copy of your email and valid ID to redeem.
  • Time slots are 2 hours long, it take approximately 1-1.5 hrs to go through Boo. We suggest that guest come within the first hour of their time slot.

Ticket Prices

  • Members: $10
  • Non-members: $12
  • 2 & under are FREE!

*All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Event Dates

  • October 10 & 11
  • October 17 & 18
  • October 24 & 25

Event Hours

10 am – 4 pm each day

Ticket Time Slots

Each day we will have 9 2-hour time slots for guests to choose from. Each time option is limited to 125 visitors.

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1030am-12:30pm
  • 11am-1pm
  • 1130am-1:30pm
  • 12pm-2pm
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • 1pm-3pm
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • 2pm-4pm

It takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to visit during Boo at the Zoo. We suggest that guests come within the first hour of their time slot.

Event Sponsors

Hanging Bat Major Sponsor

Screech Owl Sponsor

Creepy Crawler Sponsor

Spinning Spider Sponsor