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Friday, Sept. 24: Due to the potential of severe thunderstorms, Boston Lights is closed tonight. Ticket holders have been automatically refunded – please allow up to 3-5 business days for this to reflect in your account. Please contact us with any questions about your tickets, and thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you another night!

• Please review our current Health & Safety Updates (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Non-Members: Online reservations are required for admission tickets.
• Members: Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required.


Zoo Howl

Franklin Park Zoo

October 30 & 31, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Zoo Howl, where children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals!

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Haunted Happenings

  • Mystery animal encounters
  • Costume contests
  • Trick-or-treat trail
  • Scavenger hunt with prizes
  • Education Stations: Meet with Zoo educators to learn all about creepy crawly critters, as well how you can help animal habitats by purchasing sustainable sweets this Halloween.
  • Learn about the importance of enrichment as you watch animals enjoy "pumpkenrichment".
  • October 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., stop by the Sun-Maid booth to sample some tasty snacks. Guests who bring in an unopened, unexpired Sun-Maid product to the admission booth will receive a free kid’s daytime admission (one per entry) ticket to the Zoo! Sun-Maid will then generously donate these products to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Sustainable Sweets

This Halloween (and every day) look for candy made with certified sustainable palm oil. Palm oil plantations are wiping out orangutan habitat, and from snacks to soap, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's palm-oil friendly candy guide for some sustainably sweet treats for your tricksters! Learn more about the palm oil crisis and how to shop responsibly.

• General admission rates apply to Halloween events.
• Zoo admission is free to all members.
• Halloween events take place rain or shine.

Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Kevin Milhomme at or 617-989-2692 for more information.