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SCarowinds: Everything You Need to Know

In this guide, we'll cover what SCarowinds is, how Carowinds changes the park to accommodate the event, and everything that you must do when you visit.

    What is SCarowinds?

    SCarowinds is a limited-time event that occurs around the Halloween season featuring Scare Zones, Haunted Houses, shows, and dozens of terrifying monsters strolling around the park. 

    scarowinds scarecrow

    When nighttime begins, SCarowinds does as well.

    The park transforms into a Halloween themed event, which is ultra popular with park-goers.

    SCarowinds is typically intended for visitors at least 13 years of age.

    When Does it Start?

    In 2023, SCarowinds takes place from September 15 to October 29th.

    It takes place on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 7 pm.

    scarowinds sign in front of the park

    Scare Zones

    What are Scare Zones?

    Scare Zones are zones in the park that purposefully have less lighting and lots of fog.

    In this area 'monsters' (aka workers dressed up in scary costumes) will walk up to you when you least expect them, to try to give you the ultimate scare.

    Not all scare zones are the same, however, as each scare zone is themed differently, and so are the monsters!

    Scare zones are popular in most theme parks across the country, and it is only available near the Halloween season.

    Scare zones include Coney Maul, International Street of Fear, Pumpkin Eater, and ShipWrecked.

    Haunted Houses

    What are Haunted Houses?

    A scary-themed house/maze full of screams, thrills, and tons of fog where park-goers can enter. 

    scared visitors in a scarowinds haunted house

    Upon seemingly every corner, there are scarers ready to greet you. On top of this, these houses are themed to be as scary as possible.

    It's safe to say that haunted houses aren't for the faint of heart.

    There is also typically very loud music playing to make it hard for visitors to be able to predict where the scarers are.


    The monsters around the park aren't restricted to just scare zones and haunted houses, as they also frequently perform shows.

    These shows feature synchronized performances by the monsters, where they will showcase their amazing moves and instrumental skills live.

    Great Pumpkin Fest

    During the day, experience the lighter side of the Halloween season through the Great Pumpkin Fest, with many of the same night-time attractions and some not-so-scary daytime fun with the Peanuts Gang. 

    Kids will be able to swing by dressed up in their Halloween costumes and be able to trick or treat or even take part in the PEANUTS costume parade.

    great pumpkin fest scarowinds

    Fright Lane

    Fright Lane is essentially a Fast Lane pass that allows you to skip the lines at SCarowinds during the Halloween season.

    SCarowinds is a popular event that only occurs once a year, so naturally when it finally returns the crowd does as well.

    If you hate waiting in lines or just want to maximize your time, you will want to consider a Fright lane pass.

    You can purchase Fright Lane tickets directly from the Carowinds site.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Scary is SCarowinds?

    Make no mistake about it, SCarowinds is absolutely scary, and for that reason is one of the most anticipated events of the year. As soon as the night begins, there will be monsters prowling the park from the scare zones to the haunted houses.

    What is a No Boo Necklace?

    A No Boo Necklace is an item that a visitor can purchase at an additional cost (typically between $10-$12), that lets the scarers at the park know to not scare you.

    It can be purchased at any store in the park.

    This is extremely useful for those who want to partake in the fun, but don't actually want to be scared.

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