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Hoots & Howls: Daytime Halloween Event

 

Join your Birmingham Zoo during the month of October for our daytime Halloween event, Hoots & Howls! Partake in the happy haunts by wearing your favorite costume. Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo on the Candy Trail*, take a wild ride on our Haunted Red Diamond Express Train*, and go for a spin on the Protective Life Corporation Cobweb Carousel*. Guests will meet and greet special guests for photo opportunities on appearance days. Fun for the whole family, this wicked experience is sure to entertain children of all ages! Our re-imagined holiday event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting October 16-17, 23-24, and ending 30-31.

Purchase Zoo daytime admission, Hoots & Howls Wristbands*, or single Candy Trail* tickets online before your visit to avoid long lines at the ticket booths.

  • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE

*Additional cost
*Event Activities and ScheduleScroll down to see below!

 


Event Details & Pricing

DATES
Oct 16-17
Oct 23-24
Oct 30-31

TIME
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

RIDES TIME

  • Ride tickets stop being sold at 3:00 pm
  • Train is open from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Carousel and Candy Trail are open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

 

PRICING

*Purchase Zoo admission, Hoots & Howls Wristbands*, or single Candy Trail* tickets online before your visit to avoid long lines at the ticket booths. Admission to the Zoo, wristbands and single candy tickets are sold separately. 

  • Ride tickets stop being sold at 3:00 pm

Non-Member/General 

  •  Check event dates and purchase daytime admission tickets – HERE
  • Activities are included when you pay admission.
  • Access to the Candy Trail and rides on the train and/or carousel requires a ticket or wristband, that can be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Purchase Hoots & Howls Wristbands
    • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE
    • Hoots & Howls Wristband allows one (1) person access to unlimited rides on the train and/or carousel, and one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.
    • Purchase – HERE
  • Purchase Candy Trail single tickets
    • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE
    • Single tickets allow for one (1)  person to have access to one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.
    • Purchase – HERE

 

Member

  • Reserve Ticket
  • Members receive FREE admission into the Zoo but need to check event dates and reserve free daytime admission tickets HERE
    • Sign-in at the top-right of the ticketing page to access and reserve free daytime admission tickets
    • Once signed in, add the Member-type ticket you need (Member Adult/Member Child).
    • Only add the number of tickets per the number of people allowed on your Membership, or you will be charged for the additional tickets.
    • Proceed to checkout, and the sum will zero out at order preview before you confirm.
  • Includes free admission into the Zoo and daily activities.
  • Access to the Candy Cave and rides on the train and carousel are an additional cost.
  • Purchase Hoots & Howls Wristbands
    • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE
    • Hoots & Howls Wristband allows one (1) person access to unlimited rides on the train and/or carousel, and one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.
    • Purchase – HERE
  • Purchase Candy Trail single tickets
    • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE
    • Single tickets allow for one (1)  person to have access to one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.
    • Purchase – HERE

 

Family Plus

  • Reserve Ticket  
  • Members receive FREE daytime admission into the Zoo but need to check event dates reserve free tickets HERE
    • Sign-in at the top-right of the ticketing page to access and reserve free daytime admission tickets
    • Once signed in, add the Member type ticket you need (Member Adult/Member Child)
    • Only add the number of tickets per the number of people allowed on your Membership, or you will be charged for the additional tickets
    • Proceed to checkout, and the sum will zero out at order preview before you confirm
  • Includes Hoots & Howls Wristband is for one (1) person to receive free daytime admission into the Zoo, daily activities, access to unlimited rides on the train and/or carousel, and one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.
  • Family Plus Hoot & Howls Wristbands cannot be reserved online and will be available onsite at the Zoo when you arrive. Show your Zoo Member Card to receive wristbands.
  • Check-in at the Membership ticket booth #4

 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Hoots & Howls takes place during the daytime on select days from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
  • Check event dates to purchase daytime admission tickets – HERE
  • Trick-or-treating on the Candy Trail and Rides on the train and/or carousel requires a ticket or wristband that can be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Admission into the Zoo is NOT included with the purchase of wristbands or single candy tickets and must be purchased separately. Check event dates and purchase Zoo admission tickets HERE
  • Members receive FREE daytime admission into the Zoo but need to reserve free timed tickets – HERE
  • Member Plus receives free daytime admission into the Zoo including free Hoots & Howls wristband.
    • Hoots & Howls Wristband allows one (1) person access to unlimited rides on the train and carousel and one (1) trip trick-or-treating through the Candy Trail.

 


Event Activities, Schedule, & Map

 

Every Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
10 am – 3:30 pm

  • Haunted Red Diamond Express Train
    • Location: Train Depot

Every Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
10 am – 4 pm

  • Candy Trail
    • Location: Throughout the Zoo
  • Protective Life Cobweb Carousel
    • Location: Children’s Zoo
  • Monster Mash DJ
    • Location: Welcome Plaza
  • Spider & Bat Education Stations
    • Locations: Boma Yard in Trails of Africa & Alabama Wilds
  • Ambassador Animals
    • Time: 11 am & 2 pm
    • Location: Henley Lawn
  • Storytime with the Birmingham Public Library
    • Dates: October 16, 17, 24, 30, 31 (will not be onsite Oct. 23)
    • Times: 10:30 am /12:30 pm / 2:30 pm
    • Location: Chipangali Research Station in Trails of Africa
    • Guests will be able to check-out library books and apply for/receive library cards

Saturdays ONLY
1:30 pm

  • Elephant Keeper Chat
    • Location: Elephant Habitat (area facing Wild Burger restaurant)

Sundays ONLY
10:30 am

  • Rhino Keeper Chat
    • Location: Rhino Habitat in Trails of Africa

Saturdays on October 23 & 30 and Sunday, October 31
10 am – 4 pm

  • 501st/Rebel Legion (Star Wars Storm Troopers)
    • Locations: Welcome Plaza and walking around the Zoo

 


Hoots & Howls is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities and Community Partner CBS42