John Ball Zoo

October 16 - 18 and 23 - 25, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
open to members and general public

Zoo Members only - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Adults - $13
Youth ages 3-12 - $11
Children 2 & under - Free
Seniors ages 62+ - $11
Members - Free

It’s that spooky time of year and John Ball Zoo is continuing our time-treasured Halloween fun of Zoo Goes Boo.

The Zoo will again transform into the ultimate Halloween destination with decorations, costumes, candy, and, of course, the Zoo’s amazing animals. While keeping with recent Halloween guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in mind, we do have changes to the treat and entertainment plans.

Young guests will be able to get the much prized Halloween treats but instead of the treat stations throughout the Zoo, there will be a treat trail. The treat trail will have decorated booths that are socially distanced from one another and from other guests in the Zoo. This will allow for a one-way treat trail and fewer groups of guests congregating. The treat booths will also have plexiglass between guests and staff, along with enhanced sanitization for hands and surfaces.

As throughout our entire 2020 season, we will continue with the enhanced health and safety measures including limited capacity and date-specific timed entries. We will also need to limit entertainment because of the need for guests to safely social distance and not congregate in large groups.

Health masks are required indoors for anyone ages 5 and over, and also outside when a 6’ distance is not possible between other guests. Have fun and decorate your health mask to match your costume! 

Zoo Goes Boo is a children's event. We ask that adults in costume dress appropriately.

As you begin to stock up on Halloween candy, we would also like to remind families to make mindful choices when shopping for chocolate and candy this Halloween. Buy from companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or chocolate products certified by the Rainforest Alliance. A quick reference guide to certified Halloween candy can be found at All the treats being handed out at Zoo Goes Boo will be certified.

Don't forget to bring a bag! At John Ball Zoo we are always looking for ways to be more sustainable. We ask that you please bring your own reusable treat bag, or purchase one from our gift shop.

Reserve your tickets here!  

Please note, the JUMP program (MI Bridges) tickets are not available during Zoo Goes Boo. 

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