Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

The Orange County destination is stirring up some spooky treats for guests.

WHILE HOTELS STAY OPEN... on Halloween, it isn't too likely you'll find much evidence of the haunted holiday within their walls. You mind find a candy bucket sitting on the front desk, or a pumpkin near the elevators, but, overall, the inn isn't going to go all out on the bats-and-cats decorating front. But, of course, Great Wolf Lodge doesn't offer up the standard hotel experience. The family-oriented, Wisconsin-started stay-over spots are all about out-sized child-fun experiences, from the huge waterparks that are synonymous with the company to the around-the-hotel activities catering to the kids on the property. This celebratory spirit naturally extends to the spookiest stretch of the year, and California's only Great Wolf Lodge, in Orange County, will go all out on the frightfully delightful front. "Go all out" means that Halloween is actually and technically known as...

HOWL-O-WEEN... 'round Great Wolf Lodge, and unlike the holiday itself, which is restricted to Oct. 31, Howl-O-Ween will last throughout the month. That means if you're at the Garden Grove hotel from Oct. 1 through 31, 2016, you may see a costume parade in the Grand Lobby (happening each and every night during October) or hear a Spooktacular tale during the evening Story Time event. A Trick-or-Treat Trail is also part of the proceedings, as are the Monster Bash Dance Parties, a weekend feature of the festivities. Nothing is too ghoulish or intense, meaning that if you have lil' Halloween buffs, this'll be more in line with what they love about the holiday. To make sure you land at the lodge during the events you and your family have an eye on, visit the main Howl-O-Ween page or call the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove for all the details.

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