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Abilene Zoo to host annual Boo at the Zoo Oct. 17, 24, 31

Attendees can wear their costumes and participate in traditional fall activities.
Credit: Abilene Zoo

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Zoo is hosting its annual Boo at the Zoo for three weekends in October. The zoo has been hosting the event for approximately 25 years.

According to Abilene Zoo Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Pacheco, the event is an annual fundraiser for the zoo and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.

It's is being spread out over three weekends instead of the traditional one weekend to help attendees spread out. Pacheco said in the past, the zoo has seen 10,000 visitors in one weekend.

Attendees are welcome to wear costumes and participate in traditional fall activities. Activities include a costume contest every hour, storytime with the Abilene Public Library, pumpkin chunking and live carving by the Center of Contemporary Arts. A schedule for the activities will be available at the event.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pacheco said, "We have a very robust program as far as what we do to prevent and help people do their part and that includes one-way paths, especially in the smaller pathways, one way in one way out. Also, we have hand sanitizing stations throughout the zoo.”

Masks are welcome, however, they are required in the gift shop and any of the interior exhibits, if they are open.

The entry fee of $10 per person includes access to all the activities except feeding the giraffes. Items from concession stands will cost extra.

The next event for the zoo will be the Christmas Celebration, which will take place from Dec. 18-23 in the evenings.

Other events in the Big Country and Concho Valley include: 

Halloween events


Oct. 24

9 p.m. – Big Country Pride’s Halloween Show, Lone Star Diner

Oct. 30

7 p.m. – Swenson Boo Bash 2020, online event

7:30 p.m. – Paramount Special Halloween Film: "Hocus Pocus," Historic Paramount Theatre

Oct. 31

10 a.m. – Boo at the Zoo, Abilene Zoo

7:30 p.m. – Paramount Special Halloween Film: "Hocus Pocus," Historic Paramount Theatre


Oct. 9

5 p.m. – Halloween Party San Angelo PNO, Team Chip Martial Arts

Oct. 28

6:30 p.m. – theexchange youth Halloween Party, Christian Faith Center

Oct. 29

6:30 p.m. – Halloween at the Y!, San Angelo YMCA

Oct. 31

11 a.m. – Halloween Mask Party, Angry Cactus – West Texas Bar & Grill