As a Colorado native, I know that Halloweens are usually frigid! Even as a kid I remember adding as many layers as possible under or covering my entire costume up with a winter jacket. It’s definitely not the most ideal climate for trick-or-treating most years. This year, not only were the kids able to trick-or-treat (a little early) in only their costumes, but we had an incredible family time thanks to a fang-tastic invite, from our friends at Great Wolf Lodge. We were invited to experience their HOWL-O-Ween festivities in exchange for sharing the fun with you. It was so much fun to experience trick-or-treating without walking like a starfish (unless of course your costume is a starfish.) On top of that, our stay was filled with not-so-spooky Halloween fun.
Here are our top 5 spooktacular reasons to visit Great Wolf Lodge at Halloween:
1. Nightly Trick-or-Treat Trail
Yep, you heard me right…NIGHTLY! Our kids put on their costumes and filled their goodie bags not once, but on back to back nights. They had such a great time! Not only do you find employees dressed in their favorite costumes passing out treats, but the trail also includes games or activities at each location.
2. Halloween Crafts
It’s no surprise that we are a crafty family and our trips to Great Wolf Lodge are no different. My kiddos always enjoy taking a break from the water park to de-prune and dry off, so craft time is the perfect opportunity to schedule just that. We’ve made pins, custom wolf ears, friendship bracelets and more. During Howl-o-ween, they featured Halloween crafts like bat bags made from paper plates or special activities like face painting.
3. Haunted Hustle Scavenger Hunt
At check in you’ll receive the first spooky clue beginning your scavenger hunt adventure. Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt, right? The clues led us around the resort and at the end, the kids won a little surprise for completing their mission. It was a fun family activity and I really liked that we could do it at our own pace, on our own time, instead of something that needed to follow a schedule. It was great to spread it out over our stay.
4. Halloween Dance Parties
After completing the Trick-or-Treat Trail in the evenings, you can head to the Monster Bash Dance Party and boogie your wolf tails off. After a big day playing at the Adventure Park and Water Park, with the added excitement of Howl-O-Ween and trick-or-treating, this is a great way to get the last of their excitement and wiggles out before bed. It’s amazing how the whole area gets in on the dancing fun. For parents or adults too tired to dance or wanting to wind down with a night cap, The Outpost offers open seating overlooking the dance party festivities.
Speaking of a wind down…Did you know that Great Wolf Lodge offers Wine Down service? We were treated to this amazing service the last night of our stay and it was awesome. Who says the kids are the only ones allowed to be spoiled during your stay? After enjoying the Trick-or-Treat trail, we returned to our room to sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. It was magnificent, although there are other pairings you can choose from. Check it out: Great Wolf Lodge Wine Down Service.
5. UnBOOlievable Decorations
From the moment you walk in and are greeted by the 40-foot black widow sizing you up as her pray, you know that you’re in for a howling Halloween time. Don’t be worried, over 2600 balloons make this spider more cute than creepy and she’s just the beginning of the special decorations. The lobby is also home to the Howl-O-Ween House, the employee pumpkin display and more. Cobwebs and decorations decorate the halls and your favorite Great Wolf Lodge character friends even make appearances in costume.
Halloween is More Than Just A Holiday
It is the start of the holiday season. For those that love the holidays as much as our family and those looking for fun family activities so they don’t have to freeze on Halloween, booking a stay at Great Wolf Lodge is perfect. There are so many ways to make it affordable. Plus, when you book one night, you really get two full days to play. Check out their last minute discounts as well as some of the best deals they’ve offered all year right now!
Make sure you check out our other Great Wolf Lodge post reviews and Happy Halloween!!
As stated in the first paragraph we were given our Great Wolf Lodge stay in exchange for our review. Please see our disclosures page for more information.