ZooBoo in October in Indy

Is regular October too humdrum, but haunted houses a bit too creepy-crawly?

Go to the Indianapolis Zoo for Halloween activities, amazing animals and pumpkins galore. ZooBoo is a fun family experience for itty-bitty ghouls and goblins as well as the bigger kids.

Organizers say October weather means active animals, colorful foliage and a new season to explore. Combine that with engaging, hands-free activities, spook-tacular costumes and trick-or-treating, and you’ve got an unforgettable family tradition.

Best of all, ZooBoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Times are 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 2 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31.

Pumpkin Town

The Bicentennial Pavilion is home to a whimsical village where the ghoulish DJ keeps guests on their toes with thriller dance parties! Professor Pumpkin performs mystifying magic tricks for little witches and wizards at Creepy Crafts. Jack’s Barn houses cats and Agape therapeutic miniature horses for a not-so-scary interaction. The Mirror Maze makes a haunting return with thrills and smiles hidden behind every corner.

More ZooBoo Fun

Meet the Leeward sisters – Terra, Wisp and Bubbles conjure up some Halloween magic in their cauldron.

Scarecrow photo safari – Bring your cameras for a spooky guided adventure through the forests.

Trick-or-treat trail presented by Atterbury & IndyPendence Job Corps — including seven treat stations in a new larger location in the plains.

Adult trick-or-treat trail presented by Zink Distributing — Friday and Saturday from 5-8 p.m. (while supplies last).

Roller ghoster — Indianapolis’ only roller coaster with a fun, Halloween twist!

Round-go-merry — the carousel that moves in reverse. Open until 7 p.m.

Spooktacular train ride — Enjoy a ride for a special view of the Zoo behind the scenes. Open until 7 p.m.

Gator pirate bayou – Arrr! The shipwrecked Boney Scute Pirate crew are looking for new recruits. Try your luck in their pirate-themed games to test your skills as a pirate. Will you join the crew or walk the plank?

Aunty Guzzle’s potions – Help Aunty Guzzle create tasty and bizarre Halloween concoctions with potions, witchcraft and “magical ingredients.” Located at Cafe on the Commons.