Oct 22

Halloween Happenings at the National Zoo

Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of DC’s treasures and a fantastic resource for holiday happenings all year round. This Halloween, they’re playing host to several events for kids and adults alike, giving locals and visitors unique opportunities to enjoy the views of the zoo at night!

First for the kiddies is Boo at the Zoo, which runs from October 24 – 26 at 5:30 – 8:30 PM each night. This annual event always draws a great crowd, and kids go nuts for the animal demonstrations and spooky decorations along the trail! There’s always plenty of candy to fill up Boo treat bags, and Whole Foods will also be on hand with some healthy snacks to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged!

You can buy tickets online for Boo at the Zoo for $20 (FONZ members) or $30 (nonmembers).

No kids? No problem. The 21-and-up Night of the Living Zoo takes place on October 30 from 6:30 – 10 PM, and this adults-only event promises to be the perfect pre-Halloween night party in DC. Night of the Living Zoo usually sells out and tickets must be purchased in advance, so be sure to buy your ticket online ASAP so you don’t miss out.

The exclusive itinerary includes live music, a costume contest, lawn games, and of course, plenty of craft beer! Participating breweries include Founders Brewing (MI), Port City Brewing (DC/VA), Lagunitas (CA), Potter’s Craft Cider (VA),  and Champion Brewing (VA). Food trucks will also be on hand serving up some tasty grub to soak up some of the night’s inebriators, including Big Cheese, DC Slices, DC Empanadas, and Tasty Kabob. Bring cash as not every food truck accepts credit cards.

Night of the Living Zoo runs $20 for FONZ members and $30 for nonmembers.

Another awesome plus to these events is that the National Zoo is less than 15 minutes away by car (or around 35 minutes via the Metro) from The Colonel apartments in 20001 and other nearby areas. The Metro is especially recommended for those imbibing during Night of the Living Zoo. Stay safe, be responsible, and have a happy Halloween!

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