Bronx Zoo Happenings in October

October brings a lot of great things to the Bronx Zoo! I think I’m going to have to make a trip down there, since we didn’t get down there again before the end of the summer. But there is so much going on that it’s going to be hard to just go down once!

Come visit THE Halloween destination for Metro New York families and one of New York’s favorite Halloween celebrations! Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is a fun-filled, animal-themed, kid-friendly, not-so scary, Halloween experience. This celebration combines this fun holiday with the Bronx Zoo’s mission of connecting people to nature. October weekends at the zoo feature hay mazes, costume parades, musical theater, magic, and more. Don’t forget to embark on a trip back in time as you ride our Dinosaur Safari!

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Live Music

Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band is back due to popular demand and will lead zoo audiences on a zany, rollicking, good time with Gigi’s Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Roar through the globe on the “T-Rex Express” and rock to a NEW, even more rockin’ version of the prehistoric favorite, “Tyrana.” Come participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs, and dances that are knee-slapping fun and celebrate the animals of the wild.

Presented by IKEA and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Location: by Bears
Times: 11:30am, 1pm, 3pm

Magic Shows

Join internationally acclaimed magician David Levitan for a special brand of magic that has won the heart of audiences worldwide. Be amazed as Levitan combines his magical expertise with his terrific sense of humor and encourages audience participation as a part of his spooktacular magic shows.

Presented by IKEA and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Location: by Bears
Times: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Costume Parade

March with mythical creatures and dinosaur creations from the Alice Farley Dance Company and the Puppet Kitchen in a fantastical Dinosaur and Dragon Creature Parade! Come see a large-scale Komodo dragon puppet, a flying Quetzalcoatlus, a Triceratops, and a zany paleontologist as they lead you on an exciting adventure around the zoo.

Presented by IKEA and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Parade: 12pm & 2pm (Zoo Center)
Photo Op: 3:30pm (Dancing Crane Plaza)

Children’s Theater

Beasts of the Magical World, a puppet musical

This BOOtacular puppetry musical tells stories of elves and sorcerers, snakes and Komodo dragons, and best of all, magic! Created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street and Nickelodeon.
Location: Asia Plaza
Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Creepy Crafts

Create fall-themed masterpieces and design your very own Komodo dragon puppet.
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Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Times: 11am – 4pm

Creature Chats

Join our experts as they demystify and celebrate wildlife!
Snakes: 11am (World of Reptiles)
Bats: 11:30am (Jungle World)
Birds: 2:30pm (Birds of Prey)
Komodo dragons: 3:00pm (Zoo Center)

Museum of UnNatural Mysteries

Come explore Dr. B. Zarre’s remarkable museum collection of fantastical vestiges and mysterious creatures!  Witness fascinating evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed and amazing artifacts collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed his incredible collection through years of exploration and adventure and has brought his interesting “believe it or not” collection as a special exhibition exclusively at the Bronx Zoo.

Presented by IKEA and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Location: by Somba Village
Timing: 11am – 5pm

Hay Maze

Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops, and lots of adventure.

Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: by Butterfly Garden

Treat Stations

Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit.

Time: 11am – 5pm

Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations and Display

Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. From classic movie monsters in animal form, to giant insects and dinosaurs, our carvers will delight audiences with their remarkable creations.

Presented by Family Circle, New York Life, & PBS KIDS
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

Animal Enrichment Activities

Every day keepers use toys, treats, and training to enrich the lives of all our animals. Look for special Halloween enrichment items and activities throughout the zoo.

Themed Weekend Entertainment

October 5 Come join Annie and Daddy Warbucks from ANNIE The Musical on Broadway for an exclusive meet & greet and musical performance! After the show, don’t miss the chance to march alongside Annie and Daddy Warbucks in our Costume Parade.

Time: 10:30 am – 12pm
Meet & Greet Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Parade Location: Zoo Center

October 13 Come join Cinderella from the Broadway musical Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA for an exclusive meet & greet and musical performance! After the show, don’t miss the chance to march alongside Cinderella in our costume parade.

Time: 11:30am
Meet & Greet Location: Dancing Crane Plaza
Parade Location: Zoo Center

October 19 & 20 Don’t miss exciting fall-themed crafts, presented to you by Family Circle, New York Life, & PBS KIDS

October 26 & 27 Goosebumps Most Wanted are on the loose…at the Bronx Zoo! Catch a chance at a FREE copy of Goosebumps Most Wanted: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now—after all, books make the best treats! After you’ve picked up your book, don’t forget to take a frightful Goosebumps photo.

Presented by Scholastic
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: TBD

A lot of great things happening in October at the Bronx Zoo right? It would be the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit! I do want to remind you that if you go on Wednesdays it will be packed. That’s the day they do discounted tickets or free. It was jam packed when we went and I didn’t realize it was because we went on a Wednesday and that’s the day to avoid if you don’t mind paying or have a membership. It wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been because of the mass amounts of people. Just a heads up!


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