A gorilla stuck his head in a pumpkin trying to get all of the pulp out. Another simply carried it around his enclosure while curious children watched Oct. 27 at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Pumpkins and gorillas are only some of what zoo visitors can expect at Boo at the Zoo, which occurs through Oct. 30. The festivity makes its way back to the city for its 31st year.

The zoo will offer “treat stations and Halloween-themed entertainment throughout the park, trick-or-treating, a live animal stage show at the Outdoor Learning Theater, a kids’ craft zone, musical entertainment and Wild Encounter keeper chats,” according to a press release.

Children are encouraged to wear their costumes during their visit — Fort Worth Zoo staff see themed costumes like dinosaurs and park rangers, zookeepers, Disney characters and superheroes, said Avery Elander, the director of marketing and public relations.

If you go:

Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly event; all costumes must be appropriate for all ages. For everyone’s safety, all adults (ages 13 and older) must leave their faces clearly visible and identifiable at all times – adults in heavy makeup or full-face costume masks will not be allowed into the Zoo.

Trick-or-treat at treat stations located throughout the Zoo are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Treat stations require a treat coupon
  • One coupon = four pieces of pre-mixed candy
  • Zoo guests and members receive six Boo at the Zoo treat coupons per admission ticket/Zoo membership
  • Treat coupons may be redeemed at any treat station
  • For those with special dietary needs, look for the non-candy treat station designated on the map.
  • Additional Boo at the Zoo treat coupons may be purchased ($3 for six coupons) at the Zoo entrance, Safari Traders, Ocean Traders and the General Store in Texas Wild!

Source: Fort Worth Zoo

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...