Thrills & chills: Carowinds’ Scarowinds offers both

Scarowinds offers a haunting experience for thrill seekers this Halloween. / Photo courtesy of Carowinds

Commentary by Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

   CHARLOTTE — Would you enjoy being stalked by an 8-foot-tall beast with blades as hands? How about being chased step-by-step by a doll with blood running down her entire body? If so, Scarowinds 2014 Halloween Haunt may be right for you.
This Halloween, Scarowinds is featuring a new scare zone, Blood Yard, and a new haunted maze, 7th Ward.
“7th Ward is by far the most intense, disturbing and gruesome maze this year; it’s definitely my favorite attraction,” said Julie Whitted, public relations manager at Carowinds. In the place of previous years’ Asylum, 7th Ward is consumed with diseases, incurable patients and blood-smeared white walls. Blood Yard is overrun with “junkyard vampires” on the hunt.
If looking for something different, try Last Laff. Including clowns and a mirror maze with strobe lights and moving walls, it is disorienting and makes you forget you’re in an amusement park.
Zombie High is my favorite. The past two years I’ve been to Scarowinds, it has truly resembled the inside of high school classrooms, lunch rooms and locker rooms, a slight fear we can all relate to before even entering.
Scarowinds has seven haunted mazes, five scare zones, two live shows and more than 500 lurking monsters. There are rides open each night, and they operate in complete darkness.
Scarowinds is rated PG-13 and is too intense for young children, and no costumes/masks are allowed in the park. Scarowinds is currently open and will remain open through Nov. 1. For additional information visit

 Briona Kiser is a freshman at UNC-Charlotte and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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