The kids are back in school and the leaves are just beginning to display a hint of color. Temperatures have cooled off and pumpkins are showing up at the market. It must be fall! The autumn season is a great time to visit the Santa Claus, Indiana, area. Local attractions offer special events and campgrounds fill up with families looking to enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors. And for those of you thinking about a longer stay, there is an incredible selection of homes for sale in Christmas Lake Village too! So plan a visit and join in one of the many activities going on during the Santa Claus Family Fall-O-Weekends.
The Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort is known as one of the best campgrounds around and their Halloween weekends are legendary! There are spooky Halloween activities including the perennial favorite, Trick-or-Treating. Campers decorate their sites and beggars can walk or ride golf carts all over the campground, touring spooky sites and collecting goodies. There are site decorating contests and costumes contests, scary movies and even a haunted hayride. The campground also hosts Halloween parties and dances with light and sound shows. Halloween weekends at Lake Rudolph not only provide a great camping experience but a fantastic Halloween celebration for the whole family. Campsites book quickly though, so reserve yours soon. Visit http://www.lakerudolph.com/halloween-weekends/
Nearby Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will be hosting their annual Halloween weekends starting at the end of September. Grab a hot apple cider or candy apple and enjoy all the pumpkins and flowers bedecking the park. There’s a 12-acre corn maze, a ghostly carnival, a mummy’s maze, and 3D Halloween adventure in addition to a Halloween magic show and Kitty Claus costume dance party. You can also enjoy your favorite amusement park rides, which will be open as well. Details can be found at https://www.holidayworld.com/shows-events/happy-halloween-weekends/.
If you need a break from crowds and Halloween celebrations, take advantage of some of the quieter opportunities to welcome the fall season. Santa’s Stables, for example, is open on weekends throughout October. There is no better way to revel in crisp autumn weather than on horseback ride. The horses are friendly and you can literally sit back, relax, and enjoy the bright fall colors as you traverse the trails. http://www.santas-stables.com/
You might also consider a camping trip to Lincoln State Park. Fall is a busy time of year for the campground. You are surrounded by the natural beauty of southern Indiana…the smell of campfires permeates the air in the evenings and crackling leaves crunch underfoot as you wander the trails that a young Abe Lincoln may have walked. For those of you planning ahead, the park will hold the 2017 Friends Fall Frolic Saturday, October 14, 2017. Join the Friends of Lincoln State Park for hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, and games. http://indianasabelincoln.org/events/friends-fall-frolic/
Other local attractions celebrate the fall season by hosting festivals that promise tasty food and plenty of activities for the whole family. While a listing of all the fall events in the area can be found thanks to the Spencer County Visitors Bureau (and available here: http://santaclausind.org/) we’ve chosen to highlight a few:
- Our local farmer’s market, Pumpkins and More, will be hosting their annual Kids’ Days throughout October. There will be hayrides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin tic tac toe! All of these events are free so you can put your money towards purchasing bright orange pumpkins or cheery red apples at the market. Visit their Facebook Page for more details about these events.
- AEP’s Honeycreek Farm will host their annual Mt. Zion Applefest on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Snag a bite of Indiana’s largest apple pie or enjoy some of the other tasty offerings and live entertainment. https://www.facebook.com/events/1907486449515828/
- On October 28 and 29, 2017, Lincoln Pioneer Village comes alive for the Fall Heritage Days Rendezvous. There will be reenactors, period demonstrations, candle making for kids, trunk-or-treating, music, food, and a visit with Abe Lincoln. http://indianasabelincoln.org/events/fall-heritage-days-rendezvous-2/
Poet Mary Ann Evans (better known by her pen name, George Eliot) wrote, "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." We hope your search for autumn will land you in Santa Claus, Indiana, the perfect place to revel in the glory of fall days.