Summer may be a happy memory, but the fun continues at Carowinds in the fall and winter with several special events, including the popular SCarowinds, The Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest.
Here are some of Carowinds' annual off-season offerings:
mid-September through October
Starting the second weekend of September, Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” with spine-chilling attractions, grisly shows and more than 500 zombies, monsters, vampires and ghouls roaming in the shadows.
Scare yourself silly walking through five spooky mazes—including a cornfield guarded by possessed scarecrows—a slaughterhouse grinding more than beef and pork and a condemned horror film movie studio haunted by its real-life victims.
For a frighteningly good time, venture into Carowinds’ scare zones, each featuring a different creepy theme like Carnevil, Blood Yard, Dead Man’s Landing and The Hollow. The entertainment lineup is equally as eerie with a New Orleans-style funeral procession led by the Bone Brigade, the death-defying stunts of the Skeleton Crew, a vampire junkyard percussion band and two thrilling productions starring a gruesome cast of the undead.
In between the bloodcurdling terror, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some two dozen rides, including the Vortex, Afterburn, Carolina Cyclone, Copperhead Strike and Fury 325.
The Great Pumpkin Fest
mid-September through October
A Halloween event for little ones, this popular fall festival has been expanded from Camp Snoopy to include a Great Pumpkin Fest Activity Trail hosted by Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. It features a challenge course, corn maze, hay bale maze, games, crafts and more.
You’ll also want to mosey on over to Blue Ridge Junction for the Halloween Hootenanny with family games, kids’ activities and DJ Hoot ‘N” Holler playing tunes on the midway.
Along with the usual rides at Camp Snoopy, Pumpkin Fest attractions include a pedal-powered tractor course and sudsy mummy pit along with several family-friendly shows.
Carowinds Peanuts Celebration
Saturdays and Sundays on selected weekends in November
A Peanuts extravaganza, this larger-than-life event will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Charles Schulz’s legendary comic strip with immersive activities, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts led by Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all their friends.
Visit Pig Pen’s petting zoo, Franklin’s Country Jamboree, Sally’s Silly Silent Disco and Peppermint Patty’s Painting Party. And there’s plenty of entertainment too, with shows like Linus’ Drum Line, Snoopy’s All-Star Stunt Dogs and Charlie Brown’s 7th Inning Stretch. Kids also are welcome to enjoy all 11 rides at Camp Snoopy.
Weekend before Thanksgiving through Dec. 31
The holidays come to life in spectacular style during this popular annual event. Walk through a winter wonderland filled with millions of twinkling lights, decorated trees and lavish holiday decorations.
Highlighting the festivities is a fantastic lineup of song-and-dance shows and musical performances capped by a nightly wonderland parade. Visitors to WinterFest will also enjoy an outdoor ice skating rink, crafts and activities for the whole family along with surprise appearances by seasonal characters like Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
A large portion of the park is open for this event, with each section featuring its own winter motif, special attractions, shops and seasonal fare—and a fun selection of rides for every level of thrill-seeker.
New Year’s Eve
December 31, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ring in the new year with your kids at this family-friendly event held each year during WinterFest. Bands will be playing throughout the night, offering visitors the opportunity to dance the night away. Free party hats and horns are available while supplies last.
The night’s festivities include Snoopy’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party featuring a DJ and Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Show. As the clock counts down to midnight, fireworks will light up the sky.