Trick or Treat at the Zoo!
Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Rain date: Sunday, October 21, 5pm-7pm
Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Kids can trick-or-treat through the zoo as it gets dark in their Halloween costumes! Trick or treat at different stations all throughout the zoo, stop by fun activities, plus see how our animals behave after hours! Tickets are available at gate and online. Online purchase may be made up to 2pm day-of event. Gate entry with pre-purchased ticket is faster.
Members: Free | Non-Members: $5/person (ages 3+)
Members: Just bring your Brandywine Zoo membership card and ID with you to the gate. No pre-registration required!
Reciprocal Zoos and guest passes will not be accepted for this event.
Bring your business to Boo!
Each year, we invite local businesses to set up trick-or-treat stations in the Zoo. Organizations are invited to come in costume and decorate their stations, with a winner for the best station each night getting a special tour and animal encounter! Annually, we see 1,000-1,200 visitors from the tri-state area each night!
Download a booth vendor and sponsor letter for more information, or complete our online Sponsor and Vendor Form and someone from the Zoo will get back to you!
Questions? Email Emily.Krueger@state.de.us
Can’t come to Boo? Well there are other opportunities for your business to support the event! See below for sponsorship and donation information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee for vendors?
There is no fee to set up a table for Boo at the Zoo, though we encourage businesses to donate $50 or even become a sponsor.
What should we bring?
- A “treat” handout like candy* (see below for choosing Wildlife Friendly Candy). We have seen up to 1,200 people per night, with about half that being kids. While we encourage a “one piece per kid” rule, don’t be surprised if the same trick-or-treater comes back more than once!
- We encourage vendors to also bring a “toddler friendly” option*, such as pretzels, cheese-flavored snack crackers, or a non-food item, as a large number of our families who attend have very young children.
- A table (we have a limited number available first-come, first-served).
- Battery operated lights for your table top (such as a string of twinkle lights). This helps your table to “pop” as it’s getting dark out!
- An extension cord if you have anything that needs to be plugged in (we have a limited number available first-come, first-served).
*All trick-or-treat candy/handouts must come in a sealed bag and be individually wrapped pieces. Handouts will be inspected by staff prior to the event beginning. Prohibited handout items: silly bands/rubber bracelets, balloons, bouncy balls, or other small objects that might accidentally end up in animal enclosures and pose a hazard. If you plan on having a handout that generates a lot of waste, such as temporary tattoos or stickers, please plan on managing your trash during the event with a small trashbag or wastebin and cleaning up after yourself.
Are there other requirements?
- Bring a festive attitude to this fun event! Vendors are encouraged to come in costume and decorate their stations!
- Be available to staff a station both nights of the event.
Wildlife Friendly Candy
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is produced from the palm fruit. This crop, native to Africa, is being unsustainably cultivated in Africa, Asia, and North and South America. In order to grow this crop, huge forested areas are being cut down for palm oil plantations which impacts native wildlife by removing critical habitats. In order to help aid wildlife, we ask that you make responsible choices when shopping. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established for companies to commit to using certified sustainable palm oil.
The Halloween Candy industry is a huge consumer of palm oil. If unable to find palm oil-free candy, please use the following guide from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to find companies that have committed to sustainable palm oil use through the RSPO.
For more information:
Check out what businesses will be handing out treats during the event!
David A. Iobst, Certified Financial Planner
Delaware Office of Highway Safety
Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau
KIDS FIRST Swim Schools
MidCoast Community Bank
Zumbini by Alexys
If your organization would like to sponsor our event through a monetary donation or gift card to be used for candy or decorations, there are two levels of sponsorship.
Sponsors at the $500+ level
Receive all of the benefits of the Pumpkin Level, plus YOUR logo will receive prominent recognition in our Zoo News: Boo at the Zoo wrap-up, and our Annual Donors and Sponsor List. You will also be invited to a special private tour and a live animal encounter for up to 5 people.
Sponsors at the $100-499 level
Your logo will appear on our sponsor board at the event and appear on our Boo at the Zoo web page with other Pumpkin Level Sponsors.