October is a perfect time to visit Great Wolf Lodge Niagara as they run Howl-o-ween celebrations for most of the month of October. With kids back in school, the fall tends to be a slightly quieter time to visit, but then it does get busy again in December for Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. Halloween at Great Wolf Lodge is a great way to kick off the spooky season with your little ghouls and goblins. Howl-o-ween offers activities and events for families of all ages.
What is Howl-o-ween?
Howl-o-ween is the Halloween Celebrations that Great Wolf Lodge runs throughout the month of October. Great Wolf Lodge decorates the lodge for Halloween and hosts some special Halloween events during your stay. They named the themed event Howl-o-ween as wolves howl. Howl-o-ween runs from October 1-31st and is a month long celebration of everything Spooky and Halloween Themed.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara adds a few special themed events to the daily schedule in addition to the regular programming available all year long.
Reasons why you should visit Howl-o-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge:
My family and I experience Halloween in 2021 at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara and enjoyed their Howl-o-ween celebrations, and activities. This was Erin’s families first visit to Great Wolf Lodge so they went for two nights to make sure they had time to experience it all. If you are suprising your kids with a Halloween visit you may want to print our Halloween Surprise Printable Great Wolf Lodge Ticket.
This post is going to include information based on our Howl-o-ween visit in 2021, however if this is your first time going I suggest you check out our Tips and Tricks for Visiting Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls. This post will focus on what special events occur in October for Howl-o-ween.
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#1: Halloween Themed Decorations During Howl-O-Ween
From the moment you enter the Grand Lodge you are greeted with a gigantic orange and black balloon spider that was quiet the decoration. The lobby is decorated with lots of Halloween decor and even a Howl-o-ween background that is perfect for group photos.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara even decorated all of the characters in the Forest Friends Show in Halloween costumes, and there was lots of other Halloween decor scattered throughout the lodge. I appreciated that they went for a spooky look but none of the decor was scary!
The lobby isn’t the only place that’s decorated. The old spa area was decorated as a haunted house, and this is where the trick or treating trail winded through.
#2: Wear Your Costume during Howl-O-Ween
Don’t forget to pack your costumes if you visit in October as in the evening hours, you will find almost every child rocking out in their Halloween costume which is perfect as we always need an extra excuse to get an additional wear out of those expensive costumes. Kids and adults dress up in their costumes for the trick or treat trail, bedtime story time and the whole evening in between!
Some choose to skip the Halloween costumes for Bedtime story and instead wore Halloween themed pyjamas and Wolf Ears. Great Wolf Lodge Characters were dressed up in Halloween costumes too for special character apperances throughout the week.
#3: Halloween Themed Storytime
My daughter loved the nightly storytime and it was even better since it was Halloween themed. We actually attended Storytime on both evenings of our trip and I was happy that the stories were different both nights. The staff eve dressed in costumes while they were reading the stories and running different activities throughout the week. We even did yoga with a staff member dressed up at the Man with the yellow Hat in Curious George.
Everyone gathered in front of the Forest Friends show and a GWL staff read a story to the kids who were seated on their individual yoga mats. It was a great experience. Don’t Miss the costume parade that happens right before the 7pm storytime. The major difference during Howl-o-ween is that the story is Halloween themed otherwise it is the same storytime event as any other month.
#4: Special Themed Halloween Activities
Through the whole month of October, Great Wolf Lodge Niagara adds in the Trick or Treating Trail, and Costume Parade events. The Trick of treat trail took place in the lobby and the old spa – and had the kids follow a path and make about 6 stops for a treat at each one. It took about 10 minutes to complete but the kids enjoyed it and they decorated the areas they used with Halloween props.
The costume parade was simply everyone gathering in the lobby in costumes and walking around the lobby area… however the kids had a blast!
#5: Kids get a Bonus Day to go Trick or Treating
Kids can complete the Trick or Treat trail every night they are at the lodge. They can stop at 6 stops along the trail and collect a small bags worth of candy… the perfect amount in my opinion.
The Best part is that all the Howl-o-ween themed activities and events are part of your regular Great Wolf Lodge costs. There are no additional costs for these fun Halloween themed events, you just simply need to book a stay during October! While the Halloween events aren’t extravagant, they are super fun especially for the younger crew of kids.