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Snakes and cockroaches and toads, oh my! The Zoo in Forest Park is pleased to host its annual Spooky Safari presented by Teddy Bears Pools & Spas.


Join us as we host our family-friendly Halloween celebration. This year's Spooky Safari is Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event will feature grab-and-go stations around The Zoo with different goodies at each, including take-and-make crafts, books, *candy, pumpkins and more.  Everyone is welcome to attend and children ages 0-12 are invited to participate in our grab-and-go stations. Every person in possession of a child ticket will be given a wristband and an empty goody bag upon entry to fill up as they walk through The Zoo - see pricing details below.

Love to win great prizes? Enter our raffle! Raffle tickets can be added on to your ticket purchase and picked up at the ticket booth when you arrive. Don't forget to stop by the raffle table and drop your tickets in the pumpkin that matches the prize(s) you want to win! Winners will be announced Monday, November 1st. Raffle prizes must be picked up at The Zoo or other arrangements for pick up must be made by Monday, November 8th.

Come in costume and snap a picture inside The Zoo to post on our Costume Contest Facebook thread! Our judges will pick one winner in each of the following categories: Funniest, Best Family/Group Costume, and Most Creative. Be sure to keep an eye out for other virtual contests we'll be offering surrounding the event!

*Allergy substitute available instead of candy. Does not contain food items. 

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Event Rules and Regulations

Spooky Safari Rules & Regulations:

  • All Zoo guests are required to have a pre-purchased, timed-ticket to enter The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center if they are age 1 and over.
  • No tickets will be sold at the ticket booth for this event. 
  • Pre-registration is required, no tickets may be purchased after the deadline unless The Zoo releases additional tickets. 
  • The time listed on your ticket is your Zoo arrival time. Late guests may be required to wait while scheduled guests enter first.
  • There is no re-entry to this event. 
  • Masks are required for everyone over the age of two. Costume masks are not a substitute for face coverings. 
  • There are no reschedules for this event unless The Zoo cancels the event due to severe weather, in which case all tickets will automatically be transferred to our rain date (Oct. 31) for the same time as the original ticket. No refunds will be issued.
  • Groupons, one-day passes and library passes are not valid during Spooky Safari.
  • All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
  • Spooky Safari Zoo guests agree to all standard Zoo rules.