Zoo Knoxville celebrates 30th year of Knoxville’s largest Halloween event.


Knoxville, Tenn. (October 5, 2016) – BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® kicks off Knoxville’s largest Halloween event beginning Thursday, Oct. 6th. Knoxville’s largest Halloween event features 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun scheduled over three weekends; Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9, and continuing Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 13-16 and Oct. 20-23, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each evening.


BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 30 years, is a family event featuring trick-or-treating through the zoo along the BOO! Trail, the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash tent with fun that’s perfect for preschool and elementary-aged event-goers, friendly costumed characters and entertainers throughout the zoo, and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted?  It goes backwards, of course.)  


Boo! at the Zoo tickets are $9 per person. Children under four are admitted free.  Parking is also free.  Tickets are available at in advance by phone at (865) 637-5331, online at and at the zoo’s ticket office during regular zoo hours.  Zoo Knoxville members and U.S. Cellular customers receive a $2 discount on admission tickets.


Zoo Knoxville members and U.S. Cellular customers who purchase tickets in advance can take advantage of the U.S. Cellular® Speed Pass Lane for expedited entry into the event, including early entry at the start of the evening.


Special thanks to event sponsors U.S. Cellular®, Chick-fil-A, All Occasions Party Rentals, Allergy Specialists of Knoxville, Advance Financial Foundation, Answer Financial, Appalachian Business Communications, Food City, Great Clips, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Ice Bears, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Krispy Kreme, La Petite Academy, Simoniz/Sparkling Image Car Wash and Subway. Thanks also to media sponsors WBIR Channel 10, B-97.5 FM, Knoxville News Sentinel and Lamar Outdoor. 


Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit