-The Elephant Pumpkin Smash is Back!-

BALTIMORE, MD – For the 36th year, The Maryland Zoo brings growls and ghouls together in ZooBOOO! presented by Chase. The Zoo offers the wildly festive event on October 25, 26, and 27, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ZooBOOO! includes safe Halloween trick-or-treating, visits from our Animal Ambassadors, two costume contests each day, carnival games, crafts, a “not-so-spooky” hay maze, family entertainment and much more!

The Zoo’s newly expanded and renovated African Journey habitats set the stage for one of the most popular Halloween traditions – the Elephant Pumpkin Smash! Watch as African elephants Anna, Felix, Samson and Tuffy enjoy their fall treats in a big way at 11:00 am each day of the event weekend.

Thanks to our generous sponsor, Chase, the event is free for Zoo members and free with paid general Zoo admission. Activity sponsors include Goddard School, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, and Stifel. Some activities do require an additional fee.

Entertainment Stage Schedule:

  • Silly Goose & Val’s Musical Zoo| 10:30 a.m. show
  • KAPOW Show – featuring Evan Young | 1:30 p.m. show
  • ZooBOOO! Costume Contests sponsored by Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital | 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. daily.
    • Registration for the first contest closes 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 pm. for the second contest.

Many Zoo animals receive pumpkin enrichment during the festivities, as well. Enrichment activities are designed to add variety and stimulation to the daily routines of animals at the Zoo. They also showcase the keepers care and knowledge of the animals, as the treats are specially created for each species.

The daily enrichment schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 – Lions
  • 11:00 – Otters/Bobcats
  • 11:00 – Elephant Pumpkin Smash
  • 11:30 – Farmyard
  • 12:30 – Bears
  • 1:30 – Leopard
  • 2:00 – Cheetahs/Warthogs
  • 2:30 – Chimpanzees

Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring trick-or-treat bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. This event is rain or shine.

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