Tickets are now on sale for Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines! The annual Audubon Zoo Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes and entertainment and even more fun from Carnival Cruise Lines. All games and treats are free with $17 admission (for children and adults), excluding concessions. Tickets are now available at or at any Audubon attraction ticket window.

Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines will be held on four nights over two weekends including: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 5:00-9:00PM each night.  To ensure that each little ghost and goblin has the best possible experience, a limited number of tickets will be sold for each evening. Those interested in attending are encouraged to order tickets early for this highly popular, often sold-out annual event.

Welcome Aboard, Carnival Cruise Lines -- Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo are proud to announce Carnival Cruise Lines, a long-standing supporter of New Orleans and the local community, as the presenting sponsor of Boo at the Zoo.  New Orleans’ leading cruise line will bring its signature brand of fun for all to the event, with exciting family-friendly activities and entertainment including a jack-o-lantern-filled Fun Ship replica nearly 70 feet long, pumpkin carving creations, children’s decoration stations and tropical-themed treats. Carnival, which offers 4-, 5-, and 7-day voyages year-round from New Orleans, next month will welcome back Carnival Conquest from a two-week dry dock with a host of exciting new dining, bar and entertainment options as part of the company’s Fun Ship 2.0 initiative.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo, two terrific organizations serving the families of New Orleans and the Gulf area,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines.  “Giving back to our homeport communities is extremely important to us and at this year’s Boo at the Zoo event, we look forward to providing everyone a Halloween-themed taste of the fun and excitement our guests experience aboard a Carnival cruise – all while supporting a great cause.”

New to Boo -- Visitors can enjoy many new features this year:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines welcome booth offering the first “treats” of the night
  • A spectacular giant Carnival cruise ship Halloween display and light show
  • Perfect a Perfect Pumpkin the Carnival Way decorating stations
  • Three entertainment stages:

    • Carnival Cruise Lines performers on the Capital One Stage
    • Local favorites Papillion, Johnette Downing and Dennis & Co. in the Toddler Area in Audubon Zoo’s Cool Zoo (Note: no water will be running)
    • Star Wars performers return at the Shell Wildlife Theater

  • Zombie-themed Ghost Train Ride
  • Elephant shows until dusk
  • Mascot appearances and activities courtesy of the New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football League team
  • Videogaming Experience by Games2U Nola (October 26 and 27 only)
  • Family photos by Lakeside Camera Photoworks for $6
  • New Orleans Hornets basketball team’s Mathmobile and Bookmobile
  • A Haunted Maze returns by a-MAZE-ing
  • Included in admission: Dinosaur Adventures exhibit and Endangered Species Carousel!
  • Expanded areas for games and activities

Event Information at a Glance:

  • Ticket prices are $17 per person (adult or child). Handling fees apply.
  • Adults must purchase tickets as well as all children over the age of 12 months.
  • Children under 12 months of age are admitted free.
  • Adult and children tickets are the same price.
  • Event is from 5:00-9:00 PM. Ticket holders may enter at any time during event hours.
  • A ticket is required for each person to be admitted.  Event is held rain or shine.
  • Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital and Audubon Zoo. Should a ticket holder be unable to attend, the purchase should be considered a donation. There will be no refunds nor will tickets be honored at another time.
  • No outside food and beverages allowed.
  • Please note that the Zoo is not open during Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines.
  • A special bag will be distributed to each child upon admission for trick or treating throughout the event, so there’s no need to bring additional bags.

NOTE: GHOST TRAIN RIDE MAY CLOSE AS EARLY AS 8 PM DEPENDING ON VOLUME OF GUESTS WAITING! Train ride can be scary for children under 8 years of age. Tickets will be honored ONLY for the date purchased. Those ticket holders attempting to enter on another night will be not be allowed entry.

Audubon Zoo will close at 3 pm each day to prepare for the evening event.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at any Audubon attraction ticket window. A “print at home” option allows tickets to be e-mailed and printed from any computer. Tickets also can be placed at Will Call. No tickets will be mailed.

About Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is a 247-bed, not-for-profit medical center offering the most advanced pediatric care for children from birth to 21 years. With more than 40 pediatric specialties and nearly 400 physicians, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South. For more information about Children’s Hospital, visit

About Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation.  Visit for more information.

About Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating a wide array of voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and a variety of international destinations. Carnival is New Orleans’ number one cruise line and has two ships based in New Orleans year-round, the Carnival Elation which offers four and five-day Mexico cruises, and the Carnival Conquest which offers seven-day Caribbean voyages.