Scarowinds delivers thrills & chills

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

    CHARLOTTE — Scarowinds is a dream come true for Halloween lovers.
As soon as you enter the Carowinds theme park, you can see shows with different themes like Age of Darkness, which has a medieval theme; Outlaw’s Revenge, set in the wild west; and more. The shows are the most family friendly part of the park besides the normal rides that are open, which include the Carolina Goldrusher, Southern Star, Fury 325 and the Intimidator, among others.
As you make your way through the park, you are constantly immersed with the themed scare zones which include actors who may follow, scream at you, or ask creepy questions, making you feel like you’re in a movie. (You can also take pictures with the actors if you ask.) The Scare Zones also have quintessential Halloween favorites like the carnival (cleverly called “Carnevil”); London at night; and a junkyard.
    For those looking for a real scare, the five mazes are a must-see. They include Dark Harvest which takes place on a farm; Depths of Darkness in the mind of the “infamous State Line Slasher”; Silver Scream Studios: Condemned on an abandoned movie set; Urgent Scare in a run-down hospital; and the most elaborate one, Slaughterhouse: The Final Cut is a factory tour through Red Ribbon Meats which uses “unethical” meats.
Most impressive about Scarowinds is the attention to detail. Between the actors in the mazes and scare zones who go out of their way to either speak to you or spook you, to the hidden gems like the Red Ribbon Meats sign that flashes to leave only the letters spelling “DIE” as you enter, you are sure to have a good scare while also being able to enjoy the staple rides at the park.
If you plan to go, make sure you arrive early so that you can enjoy each spooky attraction and still ride one or two of your favorite roller coasters from 7 p.m. to midnight, as truthfully everything is a must-see.
NOTE: Scarowinds is not recommended for those under 13 years old.

Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 18; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20, 25 and 27 and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 26 at Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $32 and up and can be purchased at or by calling 704-588-2600.

Jakob S. Miller is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Teens & 20s writer.

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