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Staying at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph RV Resort is one of our favorite Halloween season experiences. We’d wanted to visit Holiday World for some time, and when a long weekend popped up on my teaching schedule, we set our plan into motion. Where to stay in Santa Claus, Indiana, the town that’s home to Holiday World? Why, the adjoining campground, of course! No RV? No problem! Lake Rudolph has several cabin options.

I’ll offer a piece of advice here. Book your cabin as far in advance as possible. We booked our cabin in August, and there weren’t many left. During Happy Halloween Weekends, Holiday World is only open for the weekends. The small town of Santa Claus has limited lodging options. Plus, Lake Rudolph offers lots of Halloween fun during the weekends in October. Throw all of these factors together, and you have the perfect storm of selling out the cabins, and possibly, the RV spots.

But, it’s worth it. The campers and the campsites go all out. Lake Rudolph offers all kinds of activities during Happy Halloween Weekends, like campsite decorations contests, trick-or-treating, and hayrides. This is the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit.

Arriving at Lake Rudolph

We were on a fall break from school. Since we had Friday off, we set out toward Santa Claus, Indiana, from Joplin, Missouri, on Thursday evening. We stayed a night along the highway, and the next morning, we arrived in Santa Claus before Holiday World opened for the day. We thought we would check in to our cabin at Lake Rudolph, but we weren’t expecting the cabin to be ready. To our delight, it was!

The process of finding our cabin was not easy. We were given directions, but everything quickly turned into a blob of confusion once we attempted to follow those instructions, even with a map. This campground twists and turns through the woods. We had reserved a Legendary cabin, and those are kind of off on their own. We eventually found it, but it took a few minutes.

After we located our cabin, we quickly unloaded the car and headed to Holiday World for the day.  If you’ve never heard of Holiday World, know that it’s a theme park in Indiana. Santa Claus, Indiana. Originally, the park was known as Santa Claus Land. Later, the park changed its name to add more holidays to the park’s lineup. There are some pretty fun coasters here, and there are lots of rides for the little ones. In the summer, you can even enjoy the adjoined water park. To read about our visit to Holiday World for Happy Halloween Weekends, click here.

Our Cabin at Lake Rudolph

Legendary Cabin Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph

Our Legendary cabin was adorable! It was in a cool location in the woods, yet we were close enough to Holiday World that the roller coaster track was right behind our cabin.  When the park is open, the coaster train flies by.

Our place had a fire ring, a grill, and a picnic table outside.

We had a small porch at the front door, and upon going inside, you’d find yourself in the living room.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

One end of the room had a sectional couch. The other had a mounted flat-screen TV and entryways to the bathroom and kitchen area.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

From the kitchen, you had access to the downstairs bedroom. The kitchen was equipped enough to cook whatever you’d want to on a weekend trip at a campground.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

The bathroom had a tub. This is good news if you have small children or need a soak after a day at the park.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

The bed in the bedroom was a tad hard, but for a weekend trip, it was fine. They provided sheets and pillowcases; you bring whatever blankets you want for the bed.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

From the living room, you can access the loft.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

Though the loft is not for tall people, it does provide a lot of room for people to sleep.

Legendary Cabin Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph

Lake Rudolph Campground by Day

Lake Rudolph Holiday World Happy Halloween Weekends

When we first arrived, we were struck by just how much Halloween decorating goes on at Lake Rudolph. These campers are on a mission.


Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

People even decorate their golf carts. There is a parade of golf carts each weekend, and if you don’t have one, Lake Rudolph will be glad to rent one to you.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

The sites are also part of a decorating contest, so the stakes are pretty high.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

You can tie almost any theme to the Halloween spirit.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

And people do.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

It’s a lot of fun just walking through the campground to see all the decorations. People are so creative!

Happy Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph

Lake Rudolph By Night

On our arrival Friday, we spent most of the day at Holiday World. We had lunch in the park, and then we ate at a nearby Denny’s for dinner.

On Saturday, we explored Santa Claus and checked out the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home that is nearby. We planned to make an early evening of it to grill at the cabin and then check out the festivities in the campground. We also had a horror movie marathon playing in our cabin nonstop, so that added to the spooky fun. Some cable channel had the marathon; we didn’t bring movies.

Grilling at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

We grilled our dinner and turned on our pumpkins, which we did bring with us. As you can see, we were nowhere near as serious as other campers when it came to Halloween decor.

Lake Rudolph Legendary Cabin

Later, we fired up the firepit.

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

It was also time to explore the campground at night!

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

There are a lot of activities going on in the evening, including trick-or-treating and haunted hayrides. The campground was full, so keep this in mind as you plan out your evening activities.

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

Again, it’s so fun to see the campsites. Even the golf carts glow.

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

It’s also great to see so many people having a great time. Many campsites were filled with several generations and/or friends who camped at Lake Rudolph together. For many people in the area, it seems to be a Halloween tradition.

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

But it’s not just the weekend before Halloween. Happy Halloween Weekends begins in mid-September and lasts through the month of October.

Camping at Lake Rudolph Holiday World

After exploring the festivities, we returned to our little cabin.

Legendary Cabin at Lake Rudolph

We had such a great time. If you’re looking for somewhere to make some Halloween memories, give Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph a try. The decorations and activities make this place pretty special. We’ll remember our experience for years to come.

Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph Holiday World
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Click below to read about some of our other spooky adventures!

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland

The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada

Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour in Savannah, Georgia

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas













  1. I have to admit I’m not much of an RV person. But I would be perfectly happy in your cabin at Lake Rudolph. The Halloween decorations make it especially fun.!

  2. So much fun reading about Happy Halloween Weekends at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph!! I love Halloween and this place looks like it knows how to get into the spirit of the season. Plus the cabin you stayed in is absolutely adorable. I think I might need to take a trip out there someday!

    • Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog Reply

      We would love to experience a Halloween Weekend at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph! There is so much to do!

  3. I’ve been to Holiday World many times and stayed at Lake Rudolf at least twice. It’s a wonderful campground! Looks like Halloween is a great time to visit!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun especially all decorated. Also, there’s something about a loft that I just love. I think it reminds me of my childhood, like a fort. I would definitely visit Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph!

  5. This is such a cute wee cabin and what a lovely way to kick off the Halloween season! I would love to head away somewhere like this but sadly we have nowhere similar nearby. Plus it’s much too cold this time of year!

  6. How fun! We used to stay in campgrounds like this when I was younger. I always loved the cabins! The spooky season vibes are great!

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