A Halloween Drive-Thru Is Coming to the Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee County Zoo offers a socially responsible Halloween event with adaptations to “Boo at the Zoo”.

In the midst of a pandemic, going to a traditional haunted house or corn maze may feel out of your comfort zone, but the Milwaukee County Zoo might have something more your speed this Halloween. 

It’s called “Boo at the Zoo” and it takes a drive-thru style approach, allowing visitors the opportunity to have the “merry, not scary” Halloween experience from their own vehicle, and also reducing the chances of exposure to COVID-19.

“Boo at the Zoo” is a Halloween experience designed for kids of all ages and kids at heart. The event will be running from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25 with hours ranging from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the last car being admitted at 9 p.m.

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“We can’t have visitors actually exiting their cars, so really what could be safer than being in your vehicle with, hopefully, people you’ve been with throughout the health emergency time,” said Jennifer Diliberti, public relations coordinator for the Milwaukee County Zoo in a news release.

Concession areas have also been modified for COVID-19 safety, said Diliberti.

This is new for the Milwaukee County Zoo, in fact, it is the first time ever in zoo history that visitors will be able to drive on zoo paths.

These paths will consist of themed areas, carved pumpkins and illuminated light shows. Animals will not be on display due to safety concerns, according to Diliberti.

Courtesy of Milwaukee County Zoo

“We’re focusing more on different  Halloween themed areas throughout the zoo,” said Diliberti. “For instance, people will drive through what we like to call the candy corn garden, Frankenstein village and pirates cove.”

Tickets for “Boo at the Zoo” will be sold online and are not available on the zoo grounds. Each car will be given a specified time to come to the zoo. The admission cost is $55 for general visitors and $50 for visitors that have a zoo pass per carload. 

The carload is designated for the number of people as there are seatbelts in the vehicle. Vehicle size is limited to 20-feet in length and 6.5-feet wide with a maximum height of 6.5 feet.

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Corey Schmidt is an editorial intern for Milwaukee Magazine. Currently, Corey is a junior at DePaul University where he is majoring in both Music Performance and Communication & Media.