The Great Plains Zoo’s annual Halloween event, ZooBoo, returns this weekend. The event will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26, and from 3 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.
Visitors will trick-or-treat through decorated exhibits and walkways in a fun and non-scary environment. Twenty treat stops await kids with candy and fun giveaways like stickers, tattoos and bracelets, and more than 300 hand-carved and lit Jack o’ lanterns will line the sidewalks throughout the Zoo. Along the way, guests will pass by the Extinct Species Graveyard and see markers for extinct animals like the Dodo Bird and Bali Tiger. Children also will get a chance to ride the Spooky Carrousel and take photos with their favorite costume characters and mascots. Local law enforcement agencies also will feature vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and a fire truck.
“ZooBoo has become a beloved Halloween tradition for Sioux Falls families,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Our staff and volunteers do a fantastic job of transforming the Zoo into a magical outdoor experience for children and adults.”
Tickets are $5 for Zoo members or $7 for non-members and are available at the Zoo or online at www.greatzoo.org. Non-members can also purchase their tickets at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee or Lewis Drug locations. ZooBoo is held rain, snow or shine and is completely outdoors.
The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History will close early on the following days for ZooBoo preparations: Friday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 27 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at www.greatzoo.org, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.
The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.
Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.Taylor F.
We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.Robin A.
Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.Stephanie N.
A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.Joseph H.
The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.Bill T.