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Birmingham Zoo Hosts New Daytime Halloween Event Hoots & Howls 2020

On Weekends in October Starting this Saturday the 17th


The Birmingham Zoo is inviting the community to join us on weekends during the month of October for our new daytime Halloween event, Hoots & Howls! Perfect for the entire family, this re-imagined holiday event will be held from 10am until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting October 17. Hoots & Howls is scheduled to continue October 18, 24-25, as well as Friday and Saturday October 30-31 during regular Zoo hours.

Hoots & Howls offers something for everyone to enjoy! Guests can partake in the happy haunts by wearing your favorite costume. Enjoy trick-or-treating in the new Candy Cave* located in the Zoo’s Reptile Building. Take a wild ride around the Zoo on our Haunted Express Train* and go for a spin on the Cobweb Carousel*. Fall and holiday themed animal enrichment activities will take place every day of the event, in addition to animal greetings and habitat decorating contests between Zoo staff from different departments!

Hoots & Howls Candy Cave and rides are an additional charge and not included in Zoo admission. Guests to Hoots & Howls will have to purchase Zoo admission for the day and either an event wristband or single candy ticket. General admission, Hoots & Howls wristbands, and single Candy Cave tickets are available for purchase onsite and online at

Hoots & Howls is a limited socially-distanced event and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online before arriving to the Zoo. Event details, including activities schedule, pricing, ticket sales and information for Members are available on the Zoo’s website at Event activities and animal enrichment are included in the price of Zoo admission for the day.

All guests and Members of the Zoo are required to follow our health and safety guidelines, including face coverings for individuals over the age of six (6), in accordance with State of Alabama ordinance mandating the wearing of face coverings in public places. Face coverings must be worn inside the Zoo while attending the event and walking around. For the health and safety of our staff, guests, and animals, the Zoo will continue to monitor and evaluate our operations and modify our procedures as needed. Daily activities, rides, and animal encounters at the Zoo are weather dependent.

*Hoots & Howls is made possible by featured sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities.

View Hoots & Howls press release, here