Boo at the Zoo, the family-friendly Halloween event at Audubon Zoo, will return as a socially-distanced, daytime experience this October due to the pandemic.
Audubon Nature Institute announced changes for the event now becoming a Halloween “walk-through Zoo adventure” on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25.
The re-imagined event, now called Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo, will be held during regular Zoo hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Amid the pandemic, this daytime celebration intends to create a fun, but safe way families can create “spooktacular memories.” Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo guests are invited to wear their favorite costume.
“Although Peek-A-Boo at the Zoo won’t look like the traditional Boo at the Zoo event, we are excited to provide our community with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “We are thankful to be able to partner with Children’s Hospital New Orleans to continue to connect children to the natural world.”
New this year, families can join the fun at the Zoo and help save species from home by building their own backyard bat house. Families can download the project from here and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #SaveNightPuppies.
Organizers say contributions from Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will benefit Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital New Orleans and their shared mission to improve the quality of life for children and families in the New Orleans area, building a brighter future for the community during this difficult time.
Guests can directly support children receiving care at Children’s Hospital New Orleans with the purchase of Boo in a Bag. This festive, pumpkin-shaped bag comes stuffed with candy, snacks, a face mask, and special treats for only $10. Bags can be purchased when reserving tickets online and picked up at the Zoo.
Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will adhere to all State guidelines, organizers say. All Peek-A-Boo at the Zoo guests are encouraged to wear face coverings. The Zoo’s visitor guidelines will apply during Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo, including timed ticketing, physical distancing, stringent cleaning protocols, and limited capacity – tickets will sell out quickly for this experience.
Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo is complimentary for Audubon Members and included in general Zoo admission as Halloween lagniappe. There is no additional ticket or fee for this experience.
All guests must purchase tickets in advance online for a specific date and entry time; Audubon Members must reserve their complimentary tickets online in advance as well. Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo will be held rain or shine.