Oct 162016

Last weekend, my family had a chance to attend The Midnight Zoo, a brand new Halloween experience at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Even though we checked out the website, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect, but ended up being very pleasantly surprised by our experience.


This is what the website says:

Under the light of the autumn moon, discover a secret corner of Franklin Park Zoo that is home to a mysterious, mystical world. The Midnight Zoo surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination. Wind your way through the darkness as the woods come alive in this 360-degree immersive experience. Elaborate costumes, masterful design, and moonlit surprises await you in this haunted habitat featuring over 20 fantastical creatures ranging in size from tiny to over 8 feet tall.

Join Lord Midnight’s guardians on a quest to save the world’s last remaining mythical creatures from extinction. Your training in monster care begins nightly at sundown. But beware! You never know what hungry creatures prowl in the dark. Rumor has it, Lord Midnight’s newest discovery, the Kawlish Bloodbeast, lurks in the Midnight Zoo. Good luck, brave recruits!


When we arrived at the zoo, we lined up outside where the show was to begin and were let in to start our experience in small groups (of about 20 people).  And yes, the Midnight Zoo is an actual show.  As our group walked along the trail, we were met by a series of guides/storytellers who introduced us to some very unique “creatures” along the way.  All of the guides made sure the complete group was gathered closely so that everyone could hear their stories. The 30-ish minute show was very well thought-out and while there were a few minor jump scares, I would say that overall it wasn’t too, too scary. It is recommended for children ages 6 and up, but there were many kids younger than that in attendance.

The Midnight Zoo, presented in partnership with Puppet Showplace Theater, surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination.


Know before you go:

  • This is a family-friendly, outdoor event (recommended for ages 6+).
  • Both zoo entrances are open, they suggest parking at the Giraffe entrance, which is closer to the show’s location. They had a train running while we were there to bring people down to the show.  My family chose to walk because it wasn’t that far, but the option for a ride is available.
  • The show will start once it’s dark (closer to 6:30 p.m. in late Sept/early Oct).
  • Event will be canceled due to rain or inclement weather. Please call the main number at 617-541-5466 to confirm.
  • No flash photography is allowed during the show.
  • This event takes place after regular Zoo hours. With the exception of the Midnight Zoo trail, other exhibits and attractions will not be open.
  • Sorry, there are no refunds on tickets.

If you’re hungry while you’re there, the Boston Burger Company (one of my personal favs!!) will be onsite on 10/13-10/15 and 10/27-10/30. Plus, a selection of craft beer and wine (Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Angry Orchard, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon) will also be available for purchase!


The Midnight Zoo is open Thurs-Sun, through October 30, 6-10 p.m.

Adult member: $13 / Non-member: $15
Child member: $10 / Non-member: $12
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount

The Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Road in Boston, MA.

The Midnight Zoo is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit early and to experience a side of the Zoo you’ve never seen before! Our family really enjoyed it and we’re so happy that we got a chance to experience it.

**Disclosure:  I received complimentary tickets for my family to attend the Midnight Zoo, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

  98 Responses to “The Midnight Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo: A Unique Halloween Experience”

  1. The images show some sure strange creatures, other worldly lol. Sounds like some good fun, and we all love a bit of some halloween scare.

  2. How fun! My family’s favorite place is the zoo. I’d love to see Franklin Park Zoo’s Halloween setup. It looks great!

  3. We love the Franklin Park Zoo. How long was the show?

  4. That looks like so much fun! I love the traditional spooky stuff along with the performance aspects.

  5. Oh that looks so fun! My family will surely love this place. 😀

  6. What a fun time! How creative they were for Halloween- thanks for sharing!

  7. This sounds like the best Halloween experience ever. I would love to go to Franklin park and experience this unique Halloween attraction!

  8. What a cool show to see. The ticket prices are pretty good too.

  9. This looks like so much fun – It’s so different than what you normally see around Halloween

  10. We would love to see this during Halloween. I’ve never heard of The Midnight Zoo but now that I have, I’ll have to pass it along to everyone. We have a lot of fun at our local zoo at Halloween time.

  11. You are braver than I am! This does look cute but I know between my husband and my son and I we would all be too scared. If I ever do travel out that way I will try to work up the courage to go because it does look like it would be a lot of fun.

  12. the Midnight Zoo looks like a fun place to go. I would want to bring the kids there 🙂

  13. We have something similar in our area we all. The kids love going to this every year.

  14. How cool! This would be so much fun.

  15. My son loves Halloween. He would LOVE to go there!

  16. What spooktacular experience! I love Halloween and Boston, too. I would love to check this out – thanks for sharing!

  17. That sounds like such a fun event. The LA Zoo which is near me does something for Christmas but not a Halloween themed thing. This looks like something I would really enjoy.

  18. This looks like a great Fall/Halloween activity. One of my favorite things about this season are all the things and adventures available.

  19. Looks like the quintessential Halloween adventure–we have a local spooktacular event at our zoo and it is always sold out and the kids have the time of their lives!

  20. Now that is a really cool twist on a Halloween event. I’ve never seen anything like that at a zoo. Love it!

  21. What a cool place!! I was in Salem and Boston a few years ago around this time and it was absolutely awesome!!

  22. Spending Halloween in that zoo should be so amazing! And those prices are really great.

  23. What a unique Hallowen experience! I love “storytellers” especially during Halloween and I bet they totally got everyone in the spooky mood!

  24. A trip to the zoo is fun on its own, but an event like this would really kick things up a notch. I can certainly see this being a must attend Halloween experience.

  25. Oh my goodness what a fun way to celebrate! This looks like fun!

  26. Just for the images causes go to he Midnight Zoo.Sure children will have fun

  27. I have never been to The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The Midnight Zoo looks like it would be a fun experience with the kids. We love this time of the year.

  28. My kids would love The Midnight Zoo. I will have to see if there is something similar close to us. I wish we were closer to go check it out.

  29. This is such a fantastic idea. My family would love to go to The Midnight Zoo.

  30. I never heard of the Midnight Zoo. I’m sure this is fun for the whole family!

  31. Oh my… how fun. What a unique experience at the zoo. I would totally be all over attending something like this. Thanks so much for sharing

  32. Walking the trail sounds like so much fun. I love that they have storytellers as guides. Sounds like a fun and festive event.

  33. This looks like an absolute blast! I might just have to take my family to the zoo before Halloween.

  34. The midnight zoo definitely looks like something my nieces would enjoy. The way they have decorated and put the place together is quite impressive!

  35. OH my goodness! This looks like so much fun! I wish we lived close by so we could visit it!

  36. We love to go to the Zoo. This is definitely an event my kids would love.

  37. What a fun take on Halloween! I love hearing how different parts of the country celebrate! Plus it doesn’t seem too scary, which is always good to me! Those puppets are really cool!

  38. That looks like a lot of fun. That would be something I would really enjoy. I think that my kids may like it as well.

  39. Now this looks really cool! I want to check it out this weekend!

  40. Now this looks really cool! I want to check it out this weekend with my kids!

  41. That looks like so much fun! I love your pictures! It looked like an amazing show!

  42. Wow! That looks like an amazing show, one that I would really love. Those characters are so cool all lit up and unique.

  43. What a super fun Halloween night! We have a few “boo at the zoo” type of things here in NJ, but this looks way cooler!

  44. This sounds like a lot of fun and the kids will definitely see it as an adventure! It’s really worth going to and checking out.

  45. For the Halloween lovers, this would be amazing! It looks like you had a blast! I am a big scaredy cat, so I wouldn’t even go! HAHA

  46. This is amazing that they did this at the zoo! Looks like a great time

  47. What a cool event! I love that it’s a show- how fun!

  48. Oh this looks like so much fun! I love when our zoo hosts a halloween themed party for the kiddies!

  49. This sounds like so much fun! I’ve never done a zoo at night, nor have I done a unique zoo experience with cool costumes like this, but I totally want to.

  50. Our zoo has a trick or treat deal they do every year, but it’s nowhere near as cool as this event. I’d love to check it out for myself!

  51. I love zoos and I love Halloween. This looks like a really fun activity. Thanks!

  52. Looks so much fun, my family would surely love to go there

  53. Oh wow, this looks like so much fun! I bet the kids would really love this.

  54. This is really amazing! My son will love those fantastical creatures! So fun!

  55. Your photos are amazing and this sounds too fun. The twins would love to go there, for sure.

  56. This sounds like it was a spooky-fun experience for the whole family.
    The prices look reasonable also.

  57. What an amazing place to visit on weekends. Thank you for sharing this with us

  58. I’m visiting Massachusetts in two weeks an I cant wait to have some Halloween fun! this looks like a great place to visit!

  59. This looks like so much fun! I love experiences like this. I’m not sure I could stay up late enough to actually go to it, but it looks awesome!

  60. It’s the place to be especially this season! I love that it runs at night. It makes things so much more exciting for the kids! I would love to take my kids here, without a doubt!

  61. Looks like a load of fun! I had no idea any zoo did anything like this looks like it would be a lot of fun to attend, and something different to experience!

  62. This seems like such a fun activity. This would make for a great family time and lasting wonderful memories.

  63. I’ve done the night zoo in Singapore but it was nothing like this. What a fun family evening.

  64. I’ve done the night zoo in Singapore but it was nothing like this. What a fun family evening.

  65. I’ve done the night zoo in Singapore but it was nothing like this. What a fun family evening.

  66. Indeed a unique Halloween experience. I like the format. The characters were not really that scary.. It looks fun.

  67. I like that they did smaller groups. It would kill the experience if they had let everybody in at once. Sounds well thought out!

  68. Looks amazing. I bet my family would have a blast as did yours!

  69. What a fun family experience for Halloween. I like that it’s an outdoor event. It must be such an awesome place to visit. I like that there are storytellers and unique creatures.

  70. This is so cool. I have never seen a Halloween event quite like this.

  71. It’s a thoughtful idea to get everyone into the Halloween spirit. I can imagine how much fun your family had visited the Midnight Zoo.

  72. Oooo how fun!!! Our zoo is doing something similar tomorrow night and we are going to it. Hope ours is as cool as this!

  73. Im sure your family had fun there! Ive never been there and my husband would love to go there ine day.

  74. Wow! This sounds like so much fun! I think my family would love it, looks GREAT!

  75. This looks amazing! I’d love to do it with my husband! I don’t know if my kids are quite old enough for it yet. They get scared over the simplest little Halloween things. One day!

  76. That looks like such a fun activity to do with my husband! And down the line, with kiddos! Right now it is just the two of us. 🙂

  77. We love zoo events that are at night. Definitely a fun way to get into the halloween spirit.

  78. Pairing the puppet theater with the zoo is a great idea. I bet it is a great way to spend some family time.

  79. This looks like it would be so much fun to do with the kids! I love everything Halloween.

  80. How fun and exciting! I’ll have to see if my local zoo will be having this type of event. If so, this would be so much fun!

  81. Sounds like a fun Halloween experience. Our local zoo has a similar event called Boo at the Zoo but it is a daytime event.

  82. This looks like so much fun! We have a Boo! at the Zoo but frankly, it’s not very fun for the kids or the adults.

  83. WHat a fun spooky show! Who did you go with? I’m sure you had a great time!

  84. My kiddo isn’t quite old enough for this, but if it’s still open in a few years, that’s a GREAT price for some awesome entertainment!!!!!!

  85. This looks like such a fun and unique experience! Makes me wish I lived closer!

  86. The Midnight Zoo sounds amazing for sure and could definitely be a great place to experience the best of Halloween. The pictures are wonderful and my kids would be so excited to visit such zoos anytime.

  87. I try to avoid anything “haunted” around Halloween, but this sounds like one even I might enjoy!

  88. I hate Halloween and I hate being scared…yet the fam loves it ..this is right up their alley

  89. That sounds like so much fun. I love being able to do fun things like this.

  90. My family loves the zoo we have a membership we go in the summer every other day we always go around Halloween also they have trick or treating arts and crafts and prizes for the best dressed costumes my kids know the animals names they have the best playground it’s Boston’s hidden gem people don’t give the zoo as much credit as it deserves can’t wait to go

  91. Do you see live zoo animals during this?

  92. Wow this is so cool!! I would like to go there I think they do something similar here in the Zoo around were I live, I am definitely looking into it.

    Thanks for sharing, xoxo…

  93. this is a must to visit! i wish I am somewhere near to be there every night if i can!

  94. what a fun activity for the entire family! i would probably be beyond spooked — i can’t even watch hocus pocus w/out covering my eyes! lol

  95. This is so different! I have never heard of this! Was it a good experience!?

  96. I love everything about your experience. I hope they come up with something like this here.