Not So Scary Scarowinds

Carowinds is the Carolina theme park located across the state line of both North Carolina and South Carolina. In the lead up to Halloween during October the park transforms into Scarowinds featuring Scare Zones and Haunted Houses.

If you don’t already know, I LOVE Halloween and all things scary. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who get scared and those who are entertained by those who get scared. I am the latter! That is why any form of haunted house is a lot of fun for me.

I have visited Hong Kong Disneyland during Halloween, twice, and spent a Halloween living in Canada. I even decorated my house last year and created a haunted hallway to scare my guests. Needless to say I have some experience, though I am yet to visit what I see as the ultimate Halloween destination: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios!

Scarowinds was an exciting prospect with six haunted houses and several scare zones plus the rides. I visited on a Friday when the park is only open from 7pm -12pm and the crowds were hectic. It took a long time to drive through the gates and find parking. Then it was a 10 minute walk to the gate. Once inside the crowd was so dense you didn’t notice the characters in costume scaring people around them. I give them credit, that was well done.

Unfortunately, crowds equal long lines. I waited 40 minutes to enter each haunted house and with limited time I only managed to enter four out of the six. Taking into account that each house only took a few minutes to walk through, the value just wasn’t there. On top of that, I didn’t find the haunted houses even slightly scary. It was predictable where each person was going to jump out and there was not enough fright in each scene.┬áThe cost of entering Scarowinds ($36 on a group rate) and the two hour drive one way added to the lack of value. Overall I felt it was a waste of my time and money.

Alternatively, the Tweetsie Railroad located just minutes out of Boone, offered an amazing Halloween experience and for $38 the value was definitely there. I rate the Haunted House at Tweetsie above all others for this year! More about that experience in an upcoming story.

For now, I hope y’all had a great Halloween and enjoy the candy!


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