Those looking to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on a smaller scale than the huge Dia de los Muertos Festival going downtown can do so at the zoo.

The El Paso Zoo will be holding its own family-friendly community celebration that will include live entertainment, a parade, and a Day of the Dead alter.

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Dia de los Muertos at the Zoo

El Paso Zoo Society
El Paso Zoo Society

Visitors are encouraged to dress up in colorful Dia de Los Muertos costumes, wear calavera face paint, or get some extra time with their Halloween costume.

There’s going to be a Day of the Dead parade hosted by El Paso Roller Derby and RoboTron stilt walkers, live entertainment, activities for the kids, a Dia de los Muertos costume contest for adults and kids, and an ofrenda (alter) to honor zoo animals that have passed.


El Paso Zoo
El Paso Zoo

• Juno
• African lioness, Kalliope
• Ralph, the 120-year-old Galapagos tortoise
• Mexican Gray Wolf, Zephyr
• Malayan Tiger, Melor

Oh, and RIP the spider monkeys’ innocence that was taken away last year by the actions of a very stupid, unrepentant individual.

Dia de los Muertos at the Zoo

• Saturday, October 29
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Regular zoo admission applies

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