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25th Annual

October 19, 2019

Interested in being a 2019 Treat Stop?  Email us at or call us at (620)276-6243.

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are excited to present the 25th annual “Boo! At the Zoo,” Saturday, October 19, 2019.  All gates are open from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed all day October 19th before the event for preparations.

This family-friendly evening among the animals includes a trick-or-treat trail with ‘spooktacular’ treat stops, singing witches, conservation fun, and a journey through a ghoulish graveyard. Guests are asked to come hungry with an ogre-sized appetite, as the Safari Shoppe is selling Frankenweenies (hot dogs), all your favorite chilling flavors of Dippin’ Dots ice cream and a variety of snacks and beverages.  Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home! 

“Boo! at the Zoo” tickets are available beginning September 24 through October 18 until 5 p.m. at the Zoo or until they run out at the other ticket locations.  Children ages 2 years old and under are free.  Buy your general admission tickets early at the discount price of $5.00 per person at Blue Fox Boutique, El Remedio Market, Ward’s Garden Center, and Lee Richardson Zoo.  Tickets may also be purchased online at until Thursday, October 10 to ensure delivery.  General admission at the gate is $10 per person. In addition to general admission, guests will also have the opportunity to visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter by purchasing passage on the Hogwarts Express.  Witches and wizards are invited to travel through the Dark Forest while warding off dementors with their magic wands as the train makes its way back to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.  Hogwarts Express train passes are $5 each and can only be purchased at the event.

Members-only skeleton key passes are also available (for members with a family/grandparent membership or higher-level membership) and include a Haunted Hay Ride, passage on the Hogwarts Express train and a special entrance that bypasses the general admission line via an entry that is only for skeleton key pass holders.  Skeleton Key passes are limited and sell out quickly.  Skeleton key passes are $15 each for children ages 3-12 and $20 for young adults and the young at heart (ages 13 and over).   Skeleton Key passes are sold exclusively through the Friends’ office. 

Boo! at the Zoo is a benefit for improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo.  Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Conservation Carousel project.  The rain date for Boo! at the Zoo is Saturday, October 26th.  Sponsors include Finney County CVB, Golden Plains Credit Union, Sterling Seed, Western Motor, Hutton Construction, Legacy Auto Center, Unger’s Heating & Air Conditioning, The Garden City Company, American Implement, El Remedio Market, Garden City State Bank, Preston Johnson at Edward Jones, Comfort Specialists, Kansasland Tire, and Tatro Plumbing. Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276-6243 or email

2019 Boo! at the Zoo Treat Stops

ABC Pregnancy Care Center

American Implement, Inc.

Check Into Cash

Claire's/Advance America

Coldwell Banker

Compass Behavioral Health

Cricket Wireless

Drs. Hopkins, Ackerman, & Drees, LLC

Edward Jones - Preston Johnson

Finney County EMS

Finney County Farm Bureau Association

Finney County Sheriff

Finney County Transit

Fort Hays State University Higher Education Opportunity Center

Garden City Educator's Association

Garden City Fit Body Bootcamp

Garden City Police Department


Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland

Great Clips

Golden Corral

Heartland Coca Cola

Helping Hand Quick Cash

Home Depot

Jobs for Ameria's Graduates - Kansas

Kansas Children's Service League Head Start

KFSA Insurance, LLC

Legacy Auto Center

MJ's Barber Shop

Mr. & Mrs. Car Wash

Sam's Club 

St Catherine's Hospital/Catholic Health Initiatives


United Rental

United Wireless

Vets for Veterans

Western State Bank

(Check back for updates!)