The 30th annual Boo at the Zoo is creeping around the corner. This year’s spooktacular extravaganza is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31.

Zoo members are allowed into the event an hour early at 5 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo is a family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating from door to door.

Families are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy all the fun that the zoo has to offer. Boo at the Zoo features more than 50 treat stations and carnival-style games located throughout the zoo.

Cake walks and treat stations and games wil be available in the Special Events building instead of a haunted house.

The Russell Aquatic Ecology Center will be transforming into the site of an underwater shipwreck, complete with pirates and swimming mermaids. Bring your whole family inside to pose for a picture with these maidens of the sea.

Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Gladys Porter Zoo front gate for $2.50 per person. On event days, tickets prices will go up to $3.50 per person.

Zoo members not only receive free admission to Boo at the Zoo, but they can also come into the event before everyone else. Members are allowed to enter Boo at the Zoo at 5 p.m. through the membership office, located in the zoo parking lot. Members can pick up their free tickets at the membership office.

Members will need to bring their membership cards and a valid driver’s license to receive their tickets.

Parking for Boo at the Zoo is limited so arrive early, car pool, or have someone drop you off, so you can enjoy the festivities without delay.

For more information, visit or call the Zoo at (956) 546-7187.