Boo at the Zoo opening with COVID-19 restrictions


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As “spooky season” approaches, Baton Rouge Boo at the Zoo announces it’s reopening following COVID-19 restrictions.

Boo at the Zoo is opening on October 17, 18, 24 and 25.

While multiple safety guidelines are put in place for the Halloween event, face mask are not required, but encouraged.

Face coverings are only mandatory to enter the gift shop and restrooms.

COVID-19 safety measures to expect at Boo at the Zoo are as follows:

  • The Zoo will be pre-packaging treat bags for all children ages 12 and under to collect upon exiting their Zoo adventure. There will not be treat stations around the Zoo, as in the past. This is being done to prevent crowding & eliminate additional touchpoints.
  • The most creative face masks will be posted on the Zoo’s Facebook page for fan voting. The guest wearing the most admired mask will win an Annual Friends of the Zoo Membership.
  • Halloween costumes continue to be encouraged for all attendees.
  •  Social distancing will be enacted with a one-way path through the Zoo, as well as frequent signage reminders.
  • Traditional Fall & Halloween themed structures & pumpkins will be sprinkled throughout the zoo for festive photo opportunities.
  • Holiday-themed enrichments will be provided to the Zoo’s animal friends throughout the day.
  • The Hay Maze will continue to be available for $1, however, masks will be required to enter and a maximum of 10 individuals will be allowed in at one time.
  • The Zoo will offer regular café service, as well as additional vendor-sold refreshments in the Food Court. The dining area will be spaced appropriately and sanitized often.

Boo at the Zoo will open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. 

More information on the event is available on the Zoo’s website here.


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