By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 09, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Boo at the Zoo: Drive-Thru is back this year at the Milwaukee County Zoo but with an added bonus: trick or treating.

The annual zoo haunting event – a fundraiser that helps directly support the more than 2,200 cared for by the zoo – takes place Thursdays-Sundays, Oct. 14-17 and 21-24, from 5:30 until 9 p.m.


The Boo pivoted to a drive-through event in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was no trick or treating last year.

Guests drive through a roughly mile-and-a-half route of Halloween-themed displays, jack-o-lanterns, light shows and more. The creepy car crawl lasts about 30 minutes.

There are also food stops along the way offering snacks and treats, as well as merch areas selling souvenirs.

And this year, treats will be distributed to little ones, who – like everyone else – will remain in their vehicles. Bring treat bags!


Advance online reservations are required for Boo at the Zoo Drive-Thru, and registration opens Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. at  

Admission is $55 per carload (a carload is the number of people not exceeding the number of seatbelts in the vehicle, and vehicles  – motorized only – must not be longer than 20 feet nor taller than eight feet).

Tickets are for timed entry at 30-minute intervals. Last entry is at 9 p.m.

Zoo Pass holders pay $50 per carload.

Call (414) 256-5466 if you have questions.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.