BOO at the Santa Ana Zoo!

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween event this year that’s not super scary, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo are hosting their 31st annual BOO AT THE ZOO located at the Santa Ana Zoo! It is one of Orange County’s longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages. We went a few years with other family members, and we loved it! The event takes place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on these four dates: Saturday, October 22; Sunday, October 23; Saturday, October 29; and Sunday, October 30, rain or shine. Get the details below!

Photo Courtesy of Santa Ana Zoo.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore 10 prize stations on our Trick-or-Treat Trail, enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities – including storytelling and sing-alongs, and visit with their nocturnal animals. They are proudly supporting the OC Teal Pumpkin Project, ensuring kids with food allergies are presented with friendly treats and takeaways! Their exciting “Boofari” Express Train, Conservation Carrousel and Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel rides will be entertaining little ghouls and goblins all night long.


  • TEN Trick-or-Treat Stations throughout the Zoo providing a variety of toys, books, snacks, and candy on the Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • Entertainment
  • Animal Presentations
  • Storytelling
  • Fun and Games
  • Costume Parade
  • Ride the “Boofari” Express Train, Carrousel, and Ferris Wheel for an additional fee
  • “Teen Scream” Haunted House (a separate area, included in the price of admission)
  • Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, and Sodas for sale (cash only) by Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club
  • Free Parking


  • Saturday, October 22, 2022 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
  • Saturday, October 29, 2022 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
  • Sunday, October 30, 2022 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)


ADVANCED ONLINE TICKETS ONLY! Admissions must be purchased online at in advance. General Admission is $29.95 per non-member ages 3 and up, and only $14.95 per Zoo Member ages 3 and up. Bonus: Children under the age of 3 are free. Join as a Member to receive your half price tickets! “Boofari” Express Train, Carrousel and Ferris Wheel rides will be available for an extra charge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase nightly at Bean Sprouts Café.


Santa Ana Zoo
(Located in Prentice Park)
1801 Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA
714-836-4000 or (714) 953-8555

The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 260 animals, including some of the most interesting and engaging animals and endangered species. The parking, park and grounds are wheel-chair accessible. The Zoo is beautifully landscaped and showcases a wide array of succulents, flowers and other conservation-friendly varietals. Inside the Zoo there is a playground with nearby seating for parents and guardians. Also available throughout the Zoo are picnic tables and rest areas, and tons of shade, as well as the famous Zoofari Express Train, the Conservation Carrousel and the grand Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel. Open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, the Santa Ana Zoo participates in conservation efforts to save local and South American species, including frogs, turtles, and lion tamarins. To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x10.

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