Explore the St. Louis Zoo after dark at Boo at the Zoo. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to this non-scary celebration designed just for kids. Though this is not a trick-or-treating experience, family friendly costumes are encouraged.
Find various costume characters lurking about the Zoo and play "Hide and Ghost Seek" and look for the ghosts hidden in the trees along Historic Hill. Look hauntingly good as you pose in front of ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein or mummies for spooky photos. Take a spin on the not-so-spooky "Scare-ou-sel," the Conservation Carousel draped in cobwebs! Rides are free!
There will also be 10-foot tall Halloween statues lurking around Historic Hill, perfect for spooky selfies. These gentle giants include a skeleton, dragon and snake. Also perfect for pictures is the light-up Saint Louis Zoo sign, which will glow in the dark as night falls.
At the Herpetarium, check out the turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, snakes, lizards and more! For a little more hocus pocus, check out the Insectarium and see a variety of creepy, crawly creatures. Also be sure to visit the Caribbean Cove! (It's free!)
Boo at the Zoo in 2021 will be held October 15-31. Admission is:
October 15-17: $9.95 for Zoo members; $10.95 for non-members.
October 18-21: $8.95 for Zoo members; $9.95 for non-members.
October 22-28: $9.95 for Zoo members; $10.95 for non-members.
October 29-31: $10.95 for Zoo members; $11.95 for non-members.
Children under 2 are free.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be limited capacity. Boo at the Zoo will be held rain or shine. Reservations for the Zoo during the day to not count as entry to Boo at the Zoo at night.
Boo at the Zoo is held nightly Oct. 15-30, 2021.
Free parking is available on the North and South lots during the event. You may enter through the North or South entrance.
More information and advance tickets: stlzoo.org
Bring your little ones to Toddler Tinker Time at The Magic House for special experiences designed especially for preschoolers. Weekday mornings, Tuesday through Friday, families will enjoy hands-on activities in the Art Studio, plus private playtime featuring limited capacity in Wonder Works and Wonder Why.
Purina Farms has reopened its Visitor Center for 2021 where families can experience the popular Purina Incredible Dog Show, watch cow milking demonstrations, take a wagon ride around the rolling hills of the property and lots more.
Free outdoor concerts are back at the Missouri History Museum. The popular Twilight Tuesdays concert series is now the Twilight Thursdays Concert Series at the Missouri History Museum. These concerts include an impressive line-up: Isley Brothers Tribute, Tina Turner Tribute, The Chuck Berry Band and more.
Adventures abound at Trike Town, the outdoor, child-size city at The Magic House. Kids can pick out their favorite little red tricycle and explore the entire city. The adventure includes a stop at the craft shop, where kids can create their own fall-themed craft, a candy shop, firehouse and more.