17th season of SCarowinds, return of Great Pumpkin Fest in mid-September

CAROWINDS, Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 12, 2017 – Carowinds will debut a gruesome new maze this season when it transforms into SCarowinds, one of the largest Halloween attractions in the Carolinas, select nights September 15 through October 29. Guests can experience more than a dozen haunted attractions and live shows, hundreds of monsters lurking in the midway and some of the top roller coasters in the nation. New attractions also await at The Great Pumpkin Fest , the family-friendly daytime fall festival featuring the iconic PEANUTS™ characters, returning Saturdays and Sundays September 16 through October 29.

SCarowinds’ newest haunt maze, Depths of Darkness, traps guests in horror as they journey into the mind of the infamous State Line Slasher. Authorities claim to have finally captured the slasher, but the maze reveals the terrifying truth as guests wind through a sinister labyrinth with mind-bending frights around every corner.

Guests can take a break from fear and scream in excitement at one of three ghoulish live performances. CatchBlood Drums, a grisly two-some of high-intensity punk rock; Rocktoberfest, an explosive concert of the best in 70s and 80s arena rock; or Skeleton Crewa high-flying acrobatics show of supernatural talent. Throughout the event, more than 500 monsters roam the park, stirring suspense and screams.

SCarowinds offers guests even more frightful experiences with the purchase of a Fright Lane Pass with Skeleton Key. This premium add-on experience allows guests to skip the lines and get special access to a more frightening and up-close experience in each Scare Zone. SCarowinds begins Friday, September 15.

Great Pumpkin Fest
New at the Great Pumpkin Fest is Monster’s Lip Sync Madness, where kids can perform their favorite songs at PEANUTS™ Showplace throughout the day. In addition to the new attraction, kids can stroll through Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch to decorate a mumpkin (mini-pumpkin), follow the path of Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze or meet some furry friends at the petting zoo.

The festival welcomes costumes for younger guests, and holds Lucy van Pelt’s Costume Contest as well as trick-or treating in Planet Snoopy every day.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 16 throughout October in Planet Snoopy.

For a complete list of attractions and details on SCarowinds or the Great Pumpkin Fest, visit

About Carowinds
Carowinds, a 400-acre theme park located on the border of North and South Carolina, is home to more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including 13 world-class rollercoasters and Carolina Harbor, a top-rated 27-acre water park.

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see