ASHEBORO, NC- Little ghosts and goblins will once again haunt the North Carolina Zoo on October 28 and 29 during Boo at the NC Zoo, the Zoo’s annual daytime Halloween event held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. The cost for Boo at the NC Zoo is $3 per person in addition to Zoo admission. Tickets may be purchased at both the North America and Africa entrances. The largest and oldest annual event at the Zoo will see the Africa Amphitheatre transformed into a magical festival with games, prizes, candy, music and the grand costume contest both days at 2 p.m. Participants will receive a souvenir bag to fill with treats and goodies. Tailored for children ages 2-12, Boo at the NC Zoo will feature a variety of games including a “guess the weight of the great pumpkin” contest, face painting and entertainment including music, drumming plus a puppet parade and dance on the Africa Amphitheatre stage. Performers include Red Herring, Ziggy Pockets, Native American Dancers, Paperhand Puppets, Healing Force and perennial favorite “the world famous Kazoobe and his all kazoo band” at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days. Registration for the costume contest begins at 1 p.m. each day and includes three age divisions -- infant through age 3, ages 4-7 and ages 8-12. Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes in each age group. Participants can also enjoy costumed princesses, a puppet “petting zoo” and receive FBI child safety information. A safe and fun alternative to nighttime trick-or-treating, Boo at the NC Zoo encourages kids to dress in their best costumes and come to the zoo for a fanciful and exciting experience. Adult costumes, masks, and face paint are prohibited. Guests may want to park in the Africa parking lot for quick access to the Africa Amphitheatre. For additional information, including daily entertainment schedules, please visit

About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants that call our park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcome everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit