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BOO! at the Zoo kicks off with trick-or-treating at Zoo Knoxville

Families are invited to dress up and come out to Zoo Knoxville for three weekends of trick-or-treating and spooky fun!

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Zoo Knoxville's BOO! at the Zoo kicks off to the public Friday, Oct. 7 for its 36th year of welcoming trick-or-treaters on the grounds.

For three weekends in October leading up to Halloween, families are invited to bring their kids dressed in costume to grab candy from 21 treat stations throughout Zoo Knoxville.

The zoo's trails will be lit up with dramatic lighting, giant inflatables and spooky scenery. 

In addition to the ominous ambiance, there will also be a Monster Mash dance party, special character nights, the Scary-Go-Round, the BOO! Choo Train, Pumpkin Carriage zipline ride and the Oktoberfest Beer and Brats Garden.

BOO! at the Zoo will go from Oct. 7-9, Oct.13-16 and Oct. 20-23 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. each evening.

BOO! at the Zoo tickets are $13 per person for ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under get in for free. 

Tickets for the event are available online at booknoxville.com, by phone at (865) 637-5331 and at the zoo's ticket office during regular zoo hours.

Zoo Knoxville members and Circle of Friends members get a dollar off of admission tickets. There is also an exclusive night of trick-or-treating for those members on Oct. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The zoo encourages families to reserve their spots online ahead of time to ensure they are able to attend the event. A limited number of tickets will be available each evening to ensure "a safe and enjoyable experience."

BOO! at the Zoo, Knoxville’s favorite Halloween tradition, kicks off three weekends of spooky fun! Get your tickets before they’re gone at booknoxville.com! A Halloween tradition for 36 years, this year’s BOO! at the Zoo will feature a Treat Trail with 21 treat stations, dramatic lighting, giant inflatables, and the Monster Mash dance party, special character nights, the Scary-Go-Round and the BOO! Choo Train! New this year are the Pumpkin Carriage zipline ride and the Oktoberfest Beer and Brats Garden at the Roaming Rhino Canteen. BOO! At the Zoo starts Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9 and continuing Oct. 13-16, and Oct. 20-23, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. each evening. The Zoo is hosting two nights offering tickets exclusively for Zoo members and Circle of Friends members on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. #zoo #halloween #familyfun #candy #trickortreat #conservation #knoxrocks

Posted by Zoo Knoxville on Friday, October 7, 2022

Special character nights will feature popular princesses on Oct. 8, 14 and 23, Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion Midsouth Garrison on Oct. 9 and 22, and Ghost Busters on Oct. 12 and 13.  

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