September 1, 2021

Wild Fall at Denver Zoo

ONE OF DENVER’S WILDEST HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR KIDS
AND WHY IT’S REPLACING BOO AT THE ZOO IN 2021 + BEYOND

You can get candy and costumes anywhere. But there’s only ONE place to experience Wild Fall: Denver Zoo! This family-focused daytime “fall-o-ween” celebration brings even MORE everyday enchantment to our beautiful 84-acre campus. Here are the most common questions about what is sure to become one of Denver’s most beloved Halloween activities for families. We can’t wait to see you and your crew there! 

IS BOO AT THE ZOO HAPPENING THIS YEAR?

Wild Fall will replace Boo at the Zoo, this year and going forward. Why? As a non-profit, zoo-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, Denver Zoo must make very intentional choices about where to direct our limited resources and energy.  

So, while we know Boo at the Zoo was one of the most beloved Denver Halloween events for kids, and we are so are grateful for the love our community had for this annual experience, we have made the decision to create an experience with a stronger focus on the education and enchantment of connecting with the natural (and this year, supernatural) world. We can’t wait to share it with you!  

CAN YOU TRICK-OR-TREAT AT DENVER ZOO? 

No. Unlike Boo at the Zoo, Wild Fall will not include trick-or-treating and candy—although we ensure you, the experience will still be pretty darn sweet! You and your family are welcome to bring your own Halloween candy to snack on throughout the day, provided you dispose of your waste in the proper receptacle (thanks in advance for that). 

WHY HAS DENVER ZOO DISCONTINUED TRICK-OR-TREATING? 

We know, we know...your kids loved the candy part of Boo at the Zoo. We love candy, too! But as a zoo-based conservation organization, we must be able to connect ALL of our programs, events and experiences to the protection and preservation of wildlife and wild places. Unfortunately, the trick-or-treating component of Boo at the Zoo created literal mountains of waste, most of which was not recyclable. This outcome obviously does not align with Denver Zoo’s mission.  

WILL WILD FALL BE SIMILAR TO BOO AT THE ZOO?  

YES! Other than the change regarding candy, Wild Fall will offer just about everything your family loved about Boo at the Zoo. Mystical without being monstrous, this all-ages daytime event is sure to become one of Denver’s favorite Halloween activities for toddlers and kids of all ages.  

As you explore the Zoo, you’ll find convincing evidence that mythical beasts walk among us—with costumes and characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food + drink, and special animal demos that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natural world. With the crisp autumn weather, colorful leaves and eerie extras, it’s a truly magical time to see a new side of your Zoo! 

ARE COSTUMES ALLOWED AT WILD FALL? 

Heck yes! We love costumes—especially animal costumes. But since this is a daytime, all-ages event, please refrain from wearing a mask that covers your eyes, and kindly stay away from outfits that are scary or gory. Eerie, spooky, creepy, mysterious and WILD are all perfectly fine.  

WILL WILD FALL BE SCARY FOR MY LITTLE ONES? 

Nope! While there will be some characters in costume, none of them will be frightening—and our creatures won’t ever sneak up on you. If you prefer to avoid somebody like Bigfoot, for example, simply check the schedule of events to find out where and when he might be lurking around. 

HOW MUCH DOES WILD FALL COST?

Like Boo at the Zoo, Wild Fall is FREE with regular Zoo admission, including any tickets reserved using your Denver Zoo membership. Members can reserve up to 14 days in advance, and general admission tickets are available to non-members up to a week in advance. Book your visit today! 

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES FOR WILD FALL?

Wild Fall runs throughout the Zoo’s daytime operational hours, every day during the month of October. The “falloween” experience is spread over the Zoo’s 84-acre campus, with multiple moments of mystical surprise and delight to enjoy...and lots of amazing animals to discover. 

Ready to get your tail down to one of the city’s favorite Halloween activities for families? Get your tickets today, anytime during the month of October! And of course, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on our 3,000 wild and wonderful animals! 

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