Barbara Russo: 718-265-3428;

Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182;

Steve Fairchild: 718-220-5189;

WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo Host the Annual Boo at the Zoo Weekends

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WCS Newsroom:


New York – Oct. 20, 2016– The spooky season arrives at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo during the annual Boo at the Zoo weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at both facilities.

Highlights include face painting, crafts, animal encounters, and much more. 

Boo at the WCS Prospect Park Zoo is presented by New York –Presbyterian. Activities include:

  • Discovery Center – The zoo’s interactive play center will be open both days with games and crafts, all decorated for Halloween. (11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Meet an Animal – A scaly creature will be surprising guests at different locations around the zoo throughout the day.
  • Spooky Science – Easy but wickedly cool science experiments will take place at the Conservation Station (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Face Painting – Zoo-goers will get in the spirit of the holiday with colorful face painting. (Noon to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Costume Parade and Dance Party – Children will participate in a fun costume parade and party throughout the zoo. (Parade Time: 3:45 meet at barn; Dance Party is following the zoo’s 4 p.m. sea lion feed)
  • Spooky Barn – The barn area will be transformed into a haunted habitat, complete with monstrous inhabitants. (Please note: This activity is for older children. Noon to 3:30 p.m.)
  • Wildlife Witch Shows – These educational shows will include live animal encounters as part of the fun. (Show times are 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. in the Zoo Theater.)
  • Batty for Bats – Zoo volunteers will be available to talk to guests about bats outside the dark Nocturnal Exhibit throughout the weekend.
  • Sea Lion Training Sessions – Both days at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.


  • The Haunted Graveyard will be open both days throughout the event.
  • Zoo Quest - Adventures will be available to get kids excited about science and animals (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

More information can be found online at  

Boo at the Zoo weekend activities at the WCS Queens Zoo include:

  • Face Painting – Children will use colorful face paint to become lions, pumas, or bears for Halloween this year.  (Noon to 3 p.m.)
  • Trick or Treating – Treat stations stocked with all kinds of goodies will be located around the zoo. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather dependent)
  • Crafts – Children will make and take home a festive Halloween craft. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Meet a Live Animal – Visitors will meet a live animal and learn about their amazing adaptations from zoo educators. (Noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.)
  • Spooky Storytime – 12:45 and 2:15 p.m.
  • Pumpkins for the Pumas and Bears – The zoo’s pumas and Andean bears will tear into their treat-filled Halloween pumpkins.
  • Children in costume under 12 with adult admitted free all weekend and Monday.

Members of the media who would like to cover this event must make an appointment with Barbara Russo at 718-265-3428 or Only Saturday appointments will be accommodated.

More information can be found online at

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and to 5:30 P.M. on weekends and holidays, April through October. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)

MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.

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