Knoxville, Tenn. – BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® kicks off Knoxville’s largest Halloween event beginning Thursday, Oct. 8th. Knoxville’s largest Halloween event features 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun scheduled over three weekends; Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 8-11, and continuing Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 15-18 and Oct. 22- 25, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each evening.
BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 29 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, the Carni-GROWL, an all-new carnival-themed activity area 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 $8 per person. Children under two are admitted free. Parking is $5.  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.  Knoxville Zoo members receive a $2 discount on admission tickets and free parking.            U.S. Cellular customers can show their U.S. Cellular phone and receive $2 off BOO! at the Zoo admission.

Knoxville Zoo 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, Allergy Specialists of Knoxville, Appalachia Business Communications, All Occasions Party Rentals, Food City, Great Clips, Junior League of Knoxville, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Krispy Kreme, Premier Athletics and Subway. Thanks also to media sponsors WBIR Channel 10, B-97.5 FM, Knoxville News Sentinel and Lamar Outdoor.  

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction.  Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo 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. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or visit