Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo morphs into a spooky escape, weekends Oct. 6-22, 2017, 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. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, 2017,  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 baskets 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 “altogether ooky” movies to reach the Haunted Reptile House.

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 Spooky Science Laboratory tent, where you can help zoo scientists so some research. And be sure to swing by the 16-foot mural for some coloring, too.

Dress up your munchkins as little gremlins and goblins for a spook-filled night of festive fun.

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

Note: Bags will not be handed out at the event. Be sure to bring your own trick-or-treat bag.

Learn even more about the 2017 Zoo Boo Detroit Zoo event and even more local Halloween events in the Metro Parent calendar.

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

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