Though the jolly Indiana city is named for a worldwide Christmas icon, Halloween gets more than a courtesy nod from attractions in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Santa’s Candy Castle
At Santa’s Candy Castle, famous for its frozen hot chocolate, it’s time for “Halloween at the Castle.” Visitors can enjoy a walk through the pumpkin patch, browse through a selection of Halloween books and visit the “Nightmare Before Christmas” room. Santa’s Candy Castle is open Fridays 12 – 5 p.m. (CDT), Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In addition to its well loved Halloween-themed roller coasters, The Legend and The Raven, and other rides in the Halloween section of the park, Holiday World has added some special features for the spooktacular holiday season. You can still make plans to attend the park’s “Happy Halloween Weekends.” The focus of Happy Halloween Weekends is on fun without the fright.
Families and children will enjoy two corn mazes; Goblin Grove and its kid-friendly tractor rides, face painting, magic shows and more; and the all-new Holidog’s 3-D Halloween Adventure in the Holiday Theater (next to Kringle’s Kafe.)
Holidog’s 3-D Halloween Adventure is Holiday World’s family-friendly answer to the sometimes too scary haunted house. Holidog has lost his candy and visitors are asked to don 3-D glasses to look for it. As a grown up scaredy cat, I appreciated the neon walk through without the threat of ghouls popping out at me.
Visitors to “Happy Halloween Weekends” will enjoy most of the summertime rides the park has to offer as well. All Halloween activities are included in the cost of park tickets.
Lake Rudolph Campground (Save the Date!)
Now is the time to get out your calendar, pick a date and make your reservations for Lake Rudolph Campground’s Halloween Weekends. Camp sites, RVs and cabins book up fast for these frightfully fun weekends. On our recent visit, I tried to rent a golf car to make tooling around the campground easier and found that those reservations are sold out a year in advance! And with good reason.
It’s easy to see why Lake Rudolph Halloween Weekends quickly become family fall traditions. For 2013, the weekends begin September 13-14 and go through October 25-26. The fun includes campsite decorating and costume contests, ghost stories around the bonfire, hayrides, daylight trick-or-treating and a Halloween dance.
One of the highlights of our trip (which was courtesy of the Spencer County Convention & Visitors Bureau) was riding around the campground to check out the Halloween decorations. Here is some of what we found: