BOO at the Zoo Kicks Off 12 Nights of Halloween Fun

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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BOO at the Zoo Kicks Off 12 Nights of Halloween Fun

Posted: 10/03/2013
Celebrate the most spooktacular time of the year with your little monster at Knoxville's largest Halloween event! BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular kicks off 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun Thursday, Oct. 10-13 and continuing Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17-20 and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24- 27, from 5:30- 8:00 p.m. each evening.

BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 27 years, is a family event featuring devilishly good music and games at the Monster Mash tent in The Clayton Family Kids Cove, friendly costumed characters throughout the zoo, and the only "haunted" carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it's haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

One of the highlights of BOO! at the Zoo is trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will also feature a variety of entertainment, from dancers and jugglers to out-of-this-world STAR WARS characters. For updated information about each evening's activities, visit the zoo's Facebook page at

Boo! at the Zoo tickets are $7 per person. Children under two are admitted free. Parking is $5. Tickets are available at in advance by phone at (865) 637-5331, online at and at the zoo's ticket office during regular zoo hours. Knoxville Zoo members receive a $2 discount on admission purchased online, by phone or at the zoo's ticket window and free parking. U.S. Cellular customers can show their U.S. Cellular phone and receive $2 off BOO! at the Zoo admission.

Tickets for BOO! at the Zoo can also be purchased at all Knoxville area Kroger stores. (Member discounts and U.S. Cellular customer discounts not available at Kroger locations.)

New this year is the U.S. Cellular Speed Pass Lane exclusively for Knoxville Zoo members and U.S. Cellular customers! Zoo members and U.S. Cellular customers who purchase tickets in advance can take advantage of expedited entry to BOO! at the Zoo, including early entry at the start of the evening.

Special thanks to event sponsors U.S. Cellular, All Occasions Party Rentals, Appalachia Business Communications, Dollywood, Emory Valley Center, Great Clips, Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Track Club Youth Athletics, Krispy Kreme, Kroger, MagiQuest, Moose Toys, Nortrax, Panera Bread, Premier Athletics, Subway, TVA Employee Credit Union and Visit Knoxville. Thanks also to media sponsors WBIR Channel 10, B-97.5 FM, Knoxville News Sentinel and Lamar Outdoor.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit