Camp with Lake Rudolph in Santa Claus, IN

We received a complementary cabin to stay in while visiting Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in exchanging for sharing our visit. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort has not influenced, nor reviewed this post prior to posting. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Keep up with Lake Rudolph on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Rough it camping scares me, a little bit. But only because I’ve never done it as an adult and I’m not exactly sure where to start. Sure, the idea of pitching a tent and sitting around a campfire sounds fun… but how do you even begin to plan or pack for that? Joanne loves to camp, and I love the creature comforts of home. Cabins, for example.

On our recent visit to Holiday World, we had the opportunity to stay at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

Lake Rudolph is busting with activities, campers, and life. And from the people I met, they seem to come from all over, just to spend their weekends at Lake Rudolph.

During our stay, one of the most exciting activities was happening… Halloween Weekends! I had no idea the kind of treat we’d be in for with the entire campground celebrating Halloween.

Lake Rudolph Halloween Weekends

You cannot begin to imagine how campers go all out for Halloween celebrations!

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort offers 7 weekends of their Halloween Weekends celebrations. During these weekends campers are treated to activities, dance parties, site decorating contests, costume contests, bonfire ghost stories, and so much more.

Campers go all out with their costumes, golf cart decorating, and site decorating though. And, as I roamed the campground in my golf cart, I couldn’t help but capture some of the fun…

The contest for site decorating is so much fun to see. There is everything from inflatables, to graveyards, and even haunted houses! While I was there, here’s the winners for the decorating contest:

Third Place: The Ellis Family from Boonville, Indiana

Lake Rudolph Site Decorations

Second Place: The Chaparro Family from Evansville, Indiana

Lake Rudolph Site Decorating

First Place: The Morris Family from Louisville, Kentucky

Lake Rudolph Site Decorations

There is no shortage for creativity, either. Just look at all the costume contest winners.

The fun begins Friday, at check-in, and continues on all of Saturday. Hour by hour there are activities scheduled that complete the entire Halloween experience.

And, in true camping tradition, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort becomes it’s own community every weekend. Fellow campers invite strangers over for campfires, hot chocolate, and chat. There is no storage of friendliness and that neighborly feeling.

For 2013, the Halloween Weekends schedule is:

  • September 13 & 14
  • September 20 & 21
  • September 27 & 28
  • October 4 & 5
  • October 11 & 12
  • October 18 & 19
  • October 25 & 26

For this season, that means there is only 4 weekends left to get in. And, they have already announced the Halloween Weekends for 2014 at Lake Rudolph.

INSIDER TIP: I got a wee bit of an insider tip while I was visiting. Halloween Weekends are the first to book at Lake Rudolph. Yes, it is THAT fun. And they suggest booking even a year or more in advance. Also, there are considering adding an 8th weekend to the Halloween Weekends schedule, but that is yet to be determined. Make sure you book quickly!

Additionally, golf carts are the way to go. Make sure you reserve one! The campground is HUGE, and if you don’t take the time to explore it all, you’ll miss some of the magic. Even the most seasoned of hikers will want a golf cart. Plus, if you’re there for the Halloween Weekends, you simply MUST decorate it!

Stay at Lake Rudolph

Lake Rudolph offers so many different ways to stay and play. You choose what works best for you:

  • Tent Site
  • RV Site
  • Rental RV
  • Rental Cabin
  • Christmas Cabin

Though we stayed in a Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph, from what I could tell roaming the campground is that everyone gets their fair amount of space.

Our Christmas Cabins

When we arrived at our cabin, Joanne and I were so impressed. It is so well laid out, and has a huge deck attached to it. I could not have been more anxious to get inside and take a tour. Here’s what we found:


The cabin is setup to sleep 8: 4 adults and 4 children. But, because the boys sleep with Joanne and me, Zadey found herself with a huge queen size bed to sleep on for the weekend. She took claim of the upstairs loft and proclaimed it hers. And, she could control the Christmas lights on the Christmas decorations in the living room from the loft, which only made her feel like she was in charge.

What is the most surprising for me with these cabins is how much storage space they have created in just 400 sq feet! There is storage in the bathroom, plenty in the kitchen, two closets and drawers for storage in the downstairs bedroom, and the loft and upstairs room is so spacious, you’ll have no trouble finding a place for your luggage.

Joanne and I decided that our family of 5 could comfortably stay there for a week… or more!

And, Lake Rudolph does include so much with your cabin rental. Don’t think you’re walking in to someplace with a kitchen, but no ability to use it! No, no, they’ve got you covered with pots, pans, utensils, plates, even a coffee maker (thank you!)!

But, you do bring creature comforts from home like top sheets and blankets. This just makes the whole place feel more cozy, and like home during the weekend.

Extra Amenities

Lake Rudolph is setup so that regardless of what time of year you arrive, you’re in for some great activities. During the summer, they have the pool and water slides open! And, I got a peek at those water slides, too.


On the campground is Blitzen Kitchen, which delivers pizza to your campsite! Seriously!

If you’re visiting Holiday World during you’re stay, they offer a shuttle!

Free WiFi… oh yes, they have it.

It Just Feels Magical…


Have you ever visited someplace that for no particular reason, the area just felt magical? Maybe it was the peaking of Christmas decorations, even though we were celebrating Halloween Weekend. Maybe it was street names like Garland and Snowball.

People were so incredibly kind, and friendly. Joanne and I spent our entire hay ride talking and visiting with perfect strangers. Strangers who wrapped Zadey in a blanket, handed her a sucker, and began to talk and ask questions.

Maybe it was the feeling of community that somehow gets lost in the real world? Or maybe it was the small cozy warm feeling of the cabin?

Whatever it was, there is magic happening at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Magic that even after a week of being away, I’m ready to go back!

This is where memories are made… so take your children, camp or rent a cabin, and explore the outdoors.

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