Looking for the perfect Halloween weekend getaway for the whole family? The Great Wolf Lodge Halloween celebration is not to be missed- and there’s so much more to do than just the indoor water park!
We recently visited the Great Wolf Lodge Halloween celebration here in Colorado Springs for the first time- thanks to an invite from the Great Wolf Lodge. I had heard so many people say how amazing the experience had been for their family, so I was curious to see if our time at Great Wolf Lodge Halloween would live up to the hype.
Where is Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Located?
Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado is located on the northern end of Colorado Springs, and has sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains and the Air Force football stadium.
It’s super easy to get to from so many locations, it was about an hour from our house in north Denver, and isn’t far from other popular destinations such as Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Pueblo, and even Santa Fe and Albuquerque New Mexico.
We visited for the Great Wolf Lodge Halloween celebration- aptly named “Howl-O-Ween” and there was so much to do! Upon entering the lobby we were greeted with a huge balloon spider suspended above the lobby and an adorable Halloween area that had a morning show my girls loved.
Plus, since we are in Colorado, the lobby had multi-story views of the Rocky Mountains. Here’s a video with fun facts about the enormous balloon spider.
Dry Land Activities at Great Wolf Lodge
We started out the day by putting on the requisite wolf ears, which perfectly matched the DIY Howl-O-Ween t-shirts I made for the occasion.
Then we headed over to the Great Wolf Adventure Park with our Paw Passes. The Paw Passes are a package deal offered by Great Wolf that allow kids to do several different activities at a discounted price when bundled together. The Paw Pass included:
- One MagiQuest game
- One Oliver’s Mining Co gemstone mining experience
- Choice of classic or colored wand, standard topper or Magi belt
- One Creation Station animal (outfit not included)
- One Clubhouse Crew Adventure game
- One Paw Points arcade/attractions card (20 points)
- One 12 oz. candy cup
- One pair of Great Wolf Lodge goggles from Bear Essentials Swim Shop
- One Glitz Glitter Tattoo
- One Leather Treaty name bracelet from Buckhorn Exchange Gift Shop
We had about two hours to complete the activities, and the favorites were the Creation Station animal (it’s like Great Wolf’s version of Build-A-Bear), the arcade, and the mining experience. There’s also a bowling alley, miniature golf, ropes course and afternoon crafts in this area too.
We felt pretty rushed getting through everything in just two hours. I think we could have spent a whole day just enjoying the Paw Pass! There are also Pup Passes available for children 5 and under, and a Wolf Pass that includes even more games.
So definitely know that there is more to do than just the water park at Great Wolf Lodge! Also note that non-guests of the hotel are allowed to enjoy the Great Wolf Adventure Park for the day without staying at the hotel.
Dining At Great Wolf Lodge
We next headed to lunch at the Barnwood Restaurant. While there are more than 5 dining options at Great Wolf lodge- everything from grab and go to buffet-style meals, the Barnwood is a unique restaurant concept that integrates a farm to table menu with everything locally sourced and seasonal menu items. the menu even changes between lunch and dinner.
So here’s where I get to gush about the food at Great Wolf. I was blown away by the Barnwood restaurant! We got to try all the appetizers- and the homemade pretzels are brought in each day from Wimberger’s in Colorado Springs, the hummus was made in house with organic garbanzo beans, and the smoked chili wings were so good I ate the entire portion by myself. (Not lying).
For the main course, I had the Peppercorn Crusted Steak Salad with goat cheese and chimichurri resting on top of locally sourced microgreens from a young Colorado entrepreneur. The salad was so huge I could only eat about 1/3 of it.
My husband had the Barnwood Chicken Sandwich which was a huge fried chicken breast with green chili, cheddar and coleslaw served with hand-cut fries sources from potatoes grown right here in Colorado. His portion was also enough to feed a crew.
The girls were in heaven- with a kid’s meal that includes fruits and vegetables as a side, big sister had a flatbread pizza with homemade tomato sauce and a ton of gooey and delicious mozzarella cheese.
Little sister had a cheeseburger with beef sourced locally- she ate the whole thing and she’s generally a picky eater. Also, they have a phenomenal allergy awareness program that ensures every dietary restriction is met- which is awesome as we have a severe food allergy in our family.
The Barnwood restaurant is a hidden gem inside the Great Wolf Lodge- it would be perfect for a date night for locals or for a business lunch. Honestly- it’s the best meal I’ve had all year and I have dreamed about the food all weekend. And I didn’t even get to the dinner menu or the cocktail menu! Do not miss this restaurant.
Water Park at Great Wolf Lodge
We next headed to the water park- which was the part my girls were most excited about. Each person who visits the Great Wolf Lodge is given a wrist band at check-in that is linked to an emergency contact number that can be accessed by scanning the wristband- an awesome lost child safety feature.
When you enter the park, children are also measured and given a wrist band that is color-coded to which attractions they can ride on. There are also tons of life jackets available right in the park.
We had so much fun splashing around in the four pools for kids- and the lifeguards were very serious about safety and regulating the use of slides. We also went down some of the big attractions- there is a magic carpet race ride that was super fun, and a double tube slide that goes fast and my older daughter loves.
Most attractions require a 42″ or 48″ height requirement, and little sister wasn’t tall enough to go on any of them. She was still super happy, but it’s something to consider when thinking about your family dynamic.
Great Wolf Lodge Halloween
We ended the day with some old fashioned Great Wolf Lodge Halloween fun- the Trick or Treat trail! It’s a fun route of seven different trick or treat stations around the first floor of the lodge. There was so much do to besides candy- we did Pin the Wolf Ears on Mr. .Bones, a mini bowling, and a ring toss, just to name a few.
The girls also got a fun activity book that was age-appropriate, and they gave out trick or treat bags for every kid. When the trick or treat trail ended, we did a quick dance party in the lobby and headed home after a long day.
Discount Accommodations at Great Wolf Lodge
There’s definitely tons to do at the Great Wolf Lodge Halloween, and we especially loved all of the Howl-O-Ween time special touches. It’s a great place to visit on a Colorado vacation, and perfect for a local staycation.
Disclosure: Great Wolf Lodge hosted our family for the day at Halloween for the purpose of this coverage. All opinions are entirely my own.