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28th Annual

October 21, 2023

Interested in being a 2023 Sponsor or Treat Stop?  Email us at or call us at (620)276-6243.

You can review our Boo treat stop guidelines by clicking on the Pdf document below.

Get Ready to Scream with Delight at the 28th Annual "Boo! at the Zoo"
An Unforgettable Halloween Adventure for the Whole Family

The spooky season is creeping in, and Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo invites you to the most thrilling Halloween event in town! Get your costumes ready because the 28th annual "Boo! at the Zoo" is back on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This spine-tingling celebration promises an evening of family-friendly fun for all ages, and you won't want to miss it! Lee Richardson Zoo will be closed all day, October 21, before the event for preparations.

Experience the Thrills:
•    🎃 Trick-or-Treat Trail: Embark on a thrilling adventure along our 'spooktacular' trick-or-treat trail.
•    🧙 Singing Witches: Bewitching melodies that will enchant your ears.
•    🌍 Conservation Fun: Discover the wild world of conservation. Join us in our efforts to                  reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag – let's make this Halloween

•    💀 Ghoulish Graveyard: Take a fun journey past the extinct animal graveyard.

Feeling hungry? Don't fret! The Safari Shoppe has you covered with delicious Frankenweenies (hot dogs), chilling Dippin' Dots ice cream flavors, and various snacks and beverages. 

Ticket Details:
Early birds rejoice! Grab your general admission tickets at the discounted price of $5.00 per person (Children aged two (2) years and under get in for free).  All tickets go on sale from September 20 through October 21 or until they run out at these select locations: Blue Fox Boutique, El Remedio Market, Ward’s Garden Center, Lee Richardson Zoo, and online at 
(No tickets will be sold at the Zoo on October 21st. Online ticket sales are available at until noon on Friday, October 13, to ensure delivery.)
Credit cards are only accepted online and at the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo office.

Enchanted Extras:
•    Hogwarts Express: Dive into the wizarding world of Harry Potter by purchasing a passage on the “Hogwarts Express” Zoo train. Fight off dementors as the train winds its way through the Dark Forest. Hogwarts Express train passes are $5 each and can only be purchased once inside the event.  (Included with Skeleton Key)
•    Skeleton Key Passes: Exclusively available for members with a family/grandparent membership or higher-level membership, these passes grant access to the Haunted Hay Ride, a journey on the Hogwarts Express, and a VIP entrance, bypassing the general admission line. Hurry, these coveted passes are limited and sell out quickly! Prices 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 at the Finnup Center or Conservation Education located at Lee Richardson Zoo.

Don't forget, "Boo! at the Zoo" is not just about thrills; it's a fundraiser supporting improvements at the Lee Richardson Zoo and their mission to promote education and conservation activities that will foster an appreciation and understanding of wildlife and their habitats.

The rain date for the event is Saturday, October 28, 2023.


We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, including Lewis, Hooper, & Dick, LLC., Dairy Farmers of America, Poky Feeders, Golden Plains Credit Union, WindRiver Grain LLC., Finney County Convention & Visitors Bureau, MBA Real Estate, Tyson Foods, Don & Linda Doll, United Wireless of Dodge City, Conestoga Energy Partners, Bull Attorneys, P.A., Fry Eye Associates, Reeve Cattle Co., Marriott, Midwest Feeders, Inc., Comfort Specialists, Royal Farms Dairy, Unger’s Heating & Air Conditioning, GMCN Architects, Mel & Jane Crist, Moore Water & Air, Vollertsen Family Dentistry, Palmer Manufacturing, Tatro Plumbing, Mark & Kathy Sexson, A-1 Signs, and Jeff & Colleen Sternberger.

Treat Stations:

Special thanks to our treat stations, including

American Implement, Bull Attorneys, Claire's, Compass Behavioral Health, Dillions East #5, Dillions West #60, Fellowship Baptist Church, Finney County Health Department, Finney County Sheriff's Department, Finney County Transit, Garden City Education Association, Garden City Fire Department, Garden City Parks & Recreation, Garden City Police Department Explorers, GCCC HALO, GCHS HALO, Girl Scouts Service Unit #71, Golden Plains Credit Union, Heartland Coca Cola, Hopkins, Ackerman, & Drees Optometrists, International Paper, Kearney County Bank, Kenneth Henderson STUCO, La Ke Buena Radio, Legacy Auto Center, Little Leaders of GCK, Moore Water and Air, Mosaic, Randy's Donut Shop, Steckline Communications - KIUL & the Bull, The Reserves at Prairie Ridge, United Wireless of Dodge City, Vet's for Veterans, Walmart Supercenter, and Western State Bank.

Get Involved: 

Sponsorships and treat station locations are still available! For more information, or to volunteer for this event, don't hesitate to contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo at 620-276-6243 or email

Prepare for a night of ghoulish fun, magical adventures, and unforgettable memories at "Boo! at the Zoo." We can't wait to see you there!


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