Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo

Como Friends’ Non-Scary Halloween Event

October 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2017

gates open 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2017 is a special milestone year for ZooBoo.  Not only is it the 30th Anniversary of the event but it is also the final year of ZooBoo in its current design.  Thanks to the incredible support from our attendees, volunteers, donors, partnering organizations, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory staff, this family tradition has been a wonderful fundraiser for Como Friends and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  Due to significant construction of a new Seals and Sea Lion habitat in the heart of the campus – and a need to refresh ZooBoo, it will come to a close this year and we will launch something new in 2019.

This year will still be the family-friendly event that the community loves and we hope you will join us!

Save the Date: October 21, 22, 28 and 29

Gates Open: 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now!

Eventbrite - Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Tickets are also available at Garden Safari Gifts at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Event Calendar
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Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo

October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Shopping & Flower Show

Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


February 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Travelers Sunset Affair

July 19th, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ZooBoo Frequently Asked Questions

What is ZooBoo?

ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  It is a non-scary Halloween festival for families. For this unique event, Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun. More than 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.

Do I have to buy tickets for one particular night?

No, tickets are good for any night of ZooBoo.

Where do I buy tickets?

Discount tickets are available at Como’s Garden Safari Gifts or online at Discount tickets cost $6 per person.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

You can purchase tickets at the gate, but they are more expensive…the price goes up to $7.

Who needs a ticket?

All adults must have a ticket.  All children who are trick-or-treating must have a child’s ticket.  Children who are under two years of age and not trick-or-treating are free.

What age group is ZooBoo for?

ZooBoo is best suited for children up to age 8.

What kind of treats will the kids get?

Children will get about 10 treats…a variety of items from healthy fruits and snacks, to candy, stickers, and educational materials.

Should my child wear a costume?

We do encourage kids to wear costumes – but ZooBoo is an outdoor event, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Does my child need to bring a trick-or-treat bag?

Yes, children are encouraged to bring their own reusable treat bag.

Where do I park?

ZooBoo guests are encouraged to use the FREE park and ride shuttle service during ZooBoo. The park and ride lot is a State Fair parking lot located on the south side of Como Avenue across from the State Fair’s Warner Coliseum.  The shuttle runs from approximately 4:00-8:15pm each evening.

When is the best time to attend ZooBoo?

Typically the first weekend of ZooBoo (Oct. 21-22) is less busy than the second weekend (Oct. 28-29).  Sundays are also lighter than Saturdays.  Most guests come between 4:30-5:30pm, so the crowds are lighter after 6:00 pm each evening.

Will the animals be out during ZooBoo?

Most animals will not be out.  The animals normally go to bed at 4 p.m. in October and ZooBoo begins after bedtime.  However, some animals that sleep outside, such as the bison and Dall’s sheep may be visible during ZooBoo.  Also the Polar Bears will have access to their outside exhibit during ZooBoo but we can’t guarantee that they’ll be visible.

Where does the money go?

ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  ZooBoo is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.

How can I get more information?

Call Como Friends at 651-487-8229 or email

Thank you Como Friends ZooBoo 2017 Sponsors!

To learn more about making an in-kind contribution to the event, contact Amanda Golden, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail

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