Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo morphs into a spooky escape, weekends Oct. 5-21, 2018, to whet families' appetites for Halloween night. Get the details on the annual Zoo Boo, here.

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

Detroit’s Zoo Boo returns for another year of “merry-not-scary” fun, Oct. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 2018,  when families and costumed kiddies can venture a half-mile in search of treats and tricksters. Rain or shine, the fun runs rampant.

Be sure your kids bring their own bag or basket to tote all their goodies and keep the candies safe at their sides as they make their way through acts that include magicians, jugglers, impressive pumpkin carving demonstrations and more.

Meet the goblins and ghosts that have taken over the Holden Reptile Conservation Center upon returning home for the holiday. They’ve festively decorated just for you.

Don’t miss the Top Hat Side Show for some thrilling carnival acts. And be sure to have your fortune told while you’re there, too.

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In addition, there’ll be 13 “unlucky” candy stations set up around the zoo for trick-or-treating, so dress up your munchkins as little gremlins and goblins for a spook-filled night of festive fun and candy.

Beware, this popular event has been known to sell out fast. In advance, tickets are $10, and go up to $16 at the door, if there are any spots left – plus $8/parking. Children ages 2 and under are free. The festivities run 5-8 p.m. Saturdays and 3-7p.m. Sundays. Time slots begin every half hour.

Note: Most animal exhibits are closed during the event. 

Learn even more about the 2018 Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo – plus more Halloween events and other family fun things to do this weekend – in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.