In October, balloon-twisting artist Adam Lee began weaving a web of almost 3,000 balloons into a giant spider as part of the “Howl-o-Ween” festivities at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash.
If the itsy bitsy spider came down a waterspout, it was only fitting that the largest balloon spider the world has ever seen was created to help promote this year’s Halloween season at a property operated by Great Wolf Lodge, which runs North America’s largest family of indoor waterparks.
On October 1, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash., world-renowned balloon-twisting artist Adam Lee began a six-day mission of weaving a web of almost 3,000 balloons into a giant spider, in a quest to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Balloon Sculpture.” After working 10-hour days for six straight days, Lee’s creation—measuring 45 feet, 2 inches wide by 22 feet, 2 inches long— took all of the air out of the previous record, breaking it by 16 feet (length) and 12 feet (width). Lee then received word from Guinness World Record headquarters in London that his latex arachnid had indeed been sanctioned as the new reigning record.
If he had laid the inflated balloons end-to-end, Lee said, they would have stretched for almost two-and-a-half miles.
After it was created, the puffed-up spider was suspended from the rafters of the three-story lobby at Great Wolf Lodge–Grand Mound, alongside other balloon creations that Lee had made for the resort’s seasonal “Howl-o-Ween” promotion, which ran through Halloween. The ten other Great Wolf Lodge locations nationwide also participated in the promotion and featured smaller-scale inflatable arachnids during the month.
“Who knew that a young man with arachnophobia could achieve such an amazing accomplishment,” Patrick Alvarez, General Manager at Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound, said of Lee’s work. “We’re so proud to share this honor with Adam, and to provide our guests with the shock and delight that only all eight legs of the world’s largest balloon sculpture could provide this Halloween season.”
Other Howl-o-Ween activities that took place in October at all 11 Great Wolf Lodge properties included a daily Trick-or-Treat Trail, Spooktacular Story Time, Costume Parade, Monster Bash Dance Party, Pumpkin Painting and Witchy Crafts.