Otto Greule Jr. / Courtesy Great Wolf Lodge
A giant spider made of 3,000 balloons hangs from the rafters in the lobby of the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash.
If you’re thinking of avoiding the trick or treaters at your door by spending Halloween in a hotel, be ready to sleep with one eye open. Hotels, lodges and B&Bs around the country are offering spooky packages that may include ghostly gifts, complimentary costumes and scary surprises.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
13th floor special
The Renaissance New York Times Square and Madame Tussauds are offering a “Dare to Check-In” Halloween package that includes an after dark VIP tour of Madame Tussauds New York and a stay in a 13th floor suite decked out with scary wax figures, a séance setup, over-the-top spooky décor and special effects that follow guests into the shower. The price may be the scariest detail of all: $5,000 per night during Halloween weekend.
Many Renaissance hotels outside New York City are offering less-expensive Dare to Check-In packages that include a stay in a 13th floor room, ghoulish cocktails and goodie bags filled with treats.
Bed down with the Bordens
The restored Fall River, Mass., home where an infamous, ax-wielding Lizzie Borden may – or may not – have brutally killed her father and stepmother on Aug. 4, 1892, is now a six-room bed & breakfast offering tours in the daytime and spooky stays at night. Guests may choose from bedrooms that include those once occupied by Lizzie or her parents. Those who make it through the night are served a breakfast much like the one Andrew and Abby Borden ate on their last morning.
Scared at the Stanley
The 138-room Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 in Estes Park, Colo., just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and is now famous as the site that inspired Stephen King’s frightening novel, and the subsequent film, "The Shining." Guests may gather round to hear ghost stories told by a local historian or take a ghost tour that stops at the property’s most haunted spots and room #217, where King’s spine-tingling project began. Ghost Adventure packages (available through April 2012) include a K2-EMF ghost meter sensor for spirit hunting at the hotel – or at home.
For those who just want to have fun at a hotel on Halloween and get a good night’s sleep (R.I.P.), 13 Loews Hotels across the country are offering Spooky Suite packages (rates start at $207) from Oct. 25-31 that include a goodie bag filled with treats, a ghoulish check-in amenity and a costume.
Adults may choose to be a character from "Harry Potter," a Greek warrior/Olympic goddess or a hippie couple. Kids may opt to be a knight, an astronaut, a sheriff, referee, purple witch or garden fairy. And babies can be dressed as little pumpkins, sock monkeys, pea pods, ducks, ladybugs or a wee squiggly piggy. The hotels also will stock outfits for four-legged guests. Spot can be costumed as a queen, a pumpkin, a firefighter, a bumble bee or a pirate.
Not for the arachnophobic
During its Howl-o-Ween event, which runs now through Oct. 31, there’s a giant spider made of 3,000 balloons hanging from the rafters in the lobby of the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash.
Created by balloon-twisting artist Adam Lee, the creation is 45-feet, 2-inches wide and 22-feet, 2-inches long and has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest balloon sculpture. All 11 Great World Lodge hotel/water park resorts will offer similar, but smaller, creepy-crawly creations for guests as well as daily trick-or-treating activities, ‘spooktacular’ story times, costume parades and Halloween-themed craft projects.
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