Boo at the Zoo

October 20–30, 2023 | 6:00–9:00pm

Gather your little ghosts and goblins and head to Boo at the Zoo, Riverbanks’ annual family-friendly spook-tacular!

Event Tickets
— Day Of Tickets —
$20 General Public / $17 Riverbanks Members
Buy in advance and save up to $5 per ticket
Capacity is limited. Secure your spot today!
Children younger than 2 will be admitted free.

Event is rain or shine. No refunds, rain checks, or exchanges. Parking available only at the main Zoo entrance — 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210.

11 nights of family fun!

Trick-or-Treat throughout the Zoo.

Delight in Ray’s Moonlight Magic.

Summon the Halloween spirits with the Eeky Freaky DJ.

Take a ride on the Haunted Carousel. (additional charge required)

Hop aboard the Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad. (additional charge required)

And more howling Halloween fun!

Please bring your own trick-or-treat bags.

Children ages 12 and under are encouraged to wear costumes.

Full-face masks and face paint or makeup that covers the entire face are not permitted as part of costumes worn by adults.

While you may spot a few night owls during Boo at the Zoo, most of our residents will be off-exhibit to catch some zzz’s.

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Questions? View our FAQs for a possible answer.

  • Will the animals be out during Boo at the Zoo?

    Most exhibits will be closed so the animals can get their rest.

  • Do kids have to wear costumes?

    Kids ages 12 and under are encouraged to wear costumes, but it is not a requirement.

  • Can adults wear costumes?

    Adults may wear costumes, but we ask that they be family-friendly (not scary). And, because this event is geared toward families with young children, adults ages 18 and older may not wear full-face masks or face paint/makeup that covers the entire face.

  • Can adults trick-or-treat?

    Trick-or-treating is reserved for kids ages 12 and younger, so adults cannot trick-or-treat.

  • Will unlimited rides and attractions wristbands be available for purchase during Boo at the Zoo?

    No. Unlimited rides and attractions wristbands will not be sold at Boo.

  • Will unlimited rides and attractions be available for Explorer members during Boo at the Zoo?

    No. Explorer members are only eligible for unlimited rides and attractions during regular, daytime visits.

  • Are we limited to one visit at each trick-or-treat station?

    While there are no official limits to the number of times you can visit a trick-or-treat station, we ask that guests who already received treats from a station please go to the end of the line before visiting the same station again.

  • Should children bring their own trick-or-treat bags?

    Children are encouraged to help Riverbanks go green by bringing their own reusable bag or container.

  • Why should we pre-order Boo at the Zoo tickets?

    Capacity is limited to create a more positive guest experience and safer environment for the families who attend Boo at the Zoo. Long lines and traffic congestion have become an issue in the past, and Riverbanks is committed to making your Boo at the Zoo experience the best possible.

  • What happens if I pre-ordered my Boo at the Zoo tickets and it’s pouring down rain?

    Riverbanks events take place rain or shine. However, if the Zoo should close due to severe inclement weather, a message will be posted on the Riverbanks website no later than 4:00pm on the day of the event, and in that case, we will honor your pre-paid ticket on a different night.

  • What is Riverbanks’ refund policy?

    Event is rain or shine. No refunds, rainchecks, or exchanges.