If you're planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge this year, consider visiting around a holiday! We stayed at the Bloomington, Minnesota location during their Howl-O-Ween celebration, and our kids had an absolute blast. I've partnered with Great Wolf Lodge to share the fun (and free!) activities available during this great holiday party.
Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge
When we told our kids that we'd be going back to Great Wolf Lodge, they could not have been more excited. See, some kids love Disney World (including ours!) but if you ask them where they would go if they could choose, they'd pick Great Wolf Lodge first 100% of the time. We visited the Bloomington location last fall and ever since our six and (almost) four year old have been begging to go back. It's starting to get really cold here in Minnesota, so we decided now would be the perfect time for a staycation! It just so happens that Great Wolf Lodge celebrates Howl-O-Ween during October and our kids loved all the added activities.
We checked into our room; Harper and Lincoln were thrilled to see that we had a bunk room again this year. I really wish more hotels offered this option! Not only does it save space in the room, it's also a special treat for our heights-loving kiddos.
Great Wolf Lodge is known for their fun daily activities, which are included with your stay! Some of these include yoga in the morning, storytime, meet-and-greets with characters, and more. With Howl-O-Ween, they've added a few more activities to make your stay even more special. There are fun photo ops all over the resort, and we had to stop at all of them!
The Dunkin' Donuts shop on site has some specialty donuts during Howl-O-Ween and it was so fun to have themed breakfast! There are quite a few food options at Great Wolf Lodge, but of course we had to have donuts at least one morning. Their breakfast buffet is also a huge hit.
Tasty Howl-O-Ween Treats
Throughout the day, Great Wolf Lodge has pumpkin carving and other crafts for the kids. Harper and Lincoln had fun making wolf masks and dancing their tails off at the big evening dance party! Those were just two of the activities, and more were offered daily. When you check in for your stay, you'll get a booklet with all the daily events so it's easy to keep track. The kids' favorite event was (of course) trick-or-treating! I was amazed that the Great Wolf Lodge staff could pull all of the fun decor each night.
There were five stations for our kids to visit, where they'd get a little treat and sticker. With signs to follow and helpful staff, it didn't take them long to hit up each station! Some had games to play in exchange for candy, and others had spooky sound effects and lights! Each station was staffed and they were in character and SO great with the kids. Harper and Lincoln wore their Halloween costumes, so we got a little more use out of them this year - always a bonus.
Ten Paw Bowling at Great Wolf Lodge
Along with all these fun (and free!) activities, we had to play a couple games of Ten Paw, the kid-friend bowling offered at Great Wolf Lodge. There is a small added cost for Ten Paw, but this bowling is an experience you can't miss! You can personalize your experience by picking a theme and the balls are perfectly sized for little hands.
We had to meet Wiley and Violet, of course! Our kids love characters, and they know just what to do when I take the obligatory photo. Wiley and Violet are so animated even without talking, and the kids enjoy giving hugs and high-fives to these lovable furry friends!
Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark
The rest of our time was spent at the water park this time! Some of our favorite attractions are Fort Mackenzie, Chinook Cove, Big Foot Pass, and Alberta Falls! You can check out my post about 9 things you need to experience at Great Wolf Lodge to see more details on these amazing water rides. Great Wolf Lodge offers free tubes and life jackets for all guests, so you never need to worry about safety!
Our visit was so much fun, and the kids loved the added Halloween activities offered. Great Wolf Lodge offers activities around other holidays throughout the year too, so be sure to follow them on social media to keep up with events and deals! There are Great Wolf Lodge Resorts all over the US, so be sure to check for one near you.
Disclosure: I received one complimentary night and one night at a media rate in exchange for a post about Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota. As always, all opinions are my own.