Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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See the elephant twins daily from 11-11:30 a.m. and 2–2:30 p.m. at the Pachyderm Pavilion viewing windows.

Zoo Boo

Trick or treat with the animals!

SAVE THE DATES - Saturdays and Sundays, October 2023

Join us for a "kooky-not-spooky" daytime Halloween celebration. The zoo transforms into a hauntingly fun destination for the whole family with trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal encounters, keeper chats, games, activities, photo ops and costume parade! So, wear your costumes and bring your treat bags for this fall-favorite event! 

New for 2022, we brought a “sleepy hollow” feel to the zoo with a Spooky Stroll through the Wildlife Trail.

Mysterious fog and eerie music spill over our decorated trail, giving a unique Halloween feel to visitors without being too scary for the little ones. A new trick-or-treating station in the Animal Health Center had a green screen for photo ops, where Zoo Boo participants posed for photos with the background of their choice.

*Admission to the zoo is not included in ticket price. You will be required to purchase admission to the zoo unless you are a zoo member.

Note: Zoo Boo tickets are required for trick-or-treaters only. Parents that do not wish to trick-or-treat are not required to purchase a Zoo Boo ticket.

Thank you to our 2022 Special Guests!

Leanna's Art Room

Face Painting
October 15, 16, 23, 29 & 30
New York Life Finger Lakes

New York Life Finger Lakes
October 15, 22, 29 & 30
Syracuse Crunch Photo

Syracuse Crunch
October 15 & 16

CNY American Chemical Society

CNY American Chemical Society
October 22 & 23
Ghostbusters of CNY

Ghostbusters of Central New York
October 29
Girl Scout Troop 60500

Girl Scout Troop 60500 and GAB
October 30

Download a social story that outlines the Zoo Boo experience before our arrival

Social stories help set the expectations for the event in a simple text and visual format. These stories are designed to benefit individuals who are neurodivergent but are also beneficial to anyone wanting to know more about what to expect at an event.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Zoo Boo Sponsorship Packet Cover
Download Sponsorship Packet
Download Sponsorship Packet

For more information, to sponsor or participate, please contact Heidi Strong, Director of Development at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8526

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