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Every year, the Zoo thrills kids and adults alike with ZooBoo, a three-night Halloween extravaganza.  Over the course of three nights, kids will wind their way through the decorated exhibits and walkways in the Zoo collecting candy and trinkets at a variety of treat tents from costumed presenters.


Along the way, visitors dressed as their favorite superheroes or movie characters will pass by the Extinct Species Graveyard and see the markers for animals like the Dodo Bird and Caspian Tiger. Other highlights include the Creepy Carrousel and the “Hall of Flames,” which features over 300 hand-carved and lit Jack-o’-lanterns.

ZooBoo Event Dates

  • Friday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 3:30 p.m., with last admission at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3 - 7 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 1 p.m., with last admission at 12 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3 - 7 p.m. (The Zoo and Museum will close early at 1:30 p.m., with last admission at 12:30 p.m.)

Cost: $5 for Zoo members; $7 for non-members. Children under two are free.

Tickets are on sale now! Zoo members may purchase tickets at the Zoo's Box Office or online by clicking here. Non-members may purchase tickets at the Zoo's Box Office, online by clicking here, or at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee location.

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*Online ZooBoo tickets are valid for the night of purchase only. Each ticket grants entrance for one individual on the night purchased.  

ZooBoo is held rain, snow or shine and is completely outdoors – so be sure to dress for the weather. No refunds will be given.

Did you know that all candy distributed at ZooBoo 2019 is palm oil sustainable?

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Palm oil, which is grown in tropical rainforests, is an ingredient in many types of candy. The uncontrolled clearing of rainforests for palm oil plantations has led to widespread loss of habitats for endangered species, including Orangutans and the Siamang Gibbons found here at the Great Plains Zoo. 

Do your part to preserve wildlife by purchasing candy that is palm oil free, or made with sustainable palm oil. Check out suggestions for wildlife-friendly treats! 

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  • 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.
  • 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.