‘Scarowinds’ adds three new attractions this year

dworthington@heraldonline.comSeptember 19, 2013 

— The scary just got scarier.

“Scarowinds,” the annual ghouly transformation of the Carowinds amusement park, has added three new attractions this year with the goal of making you stay longer and scream more.

“There’s more fright, more scares – and we don’t apologize for scaring you,” said Gary Chadwick, who helps transform the park every fall.

New this year are “London Terror,” “Scary Tales” and “Zombie High.”

London with Jack the Ripper was scary enough, but Scarowinds has added a contemporary twist to Victorian England. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and others assigned to “London Terror” are in a teen-punk theme, Chadwick said.

Teen-punk is a futuristic look combined with a metallic look, Chadwick said. Costumers will have lots of brass and copper.

There also will be a 35-foot-tall replica of Big Ben and Carowinds’ streets will have names more befitting of London.

“Scary Tales” gives fairy tales a macabre twist.

“The three little pigs are not happy or perky,” Chadwick said. “Instead of a dream world, it’s a nightmare.”

The “Scary Tales” section was inspired by the films of Tim Burton, he said.

For “Zombie High,” Carowinds staff erected a 40-by-80-foot building and turned it into a maze. There are overturned desks, destroyed chemistry labs and an 1980’s homecoming dance – Zombie style. According to Scarowinds, “Freshmen are fresh meat, and seniors are dying to get out.”

The new attractions have expanded Scarowinds in size, but the cast is about the same. About 600 monsters, vampires, zombies and assorted ghouls roam the park.

There are seven mazes this year, four scare zones, 11 haunted attractions and three live shows, Chadwick said.

Scarowinds is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on select nights through Oct. 27. The park will close at 1 a.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

Scarowinds is too intense for young children, park officials said, and not recommended for children younger than 13.

People attending Scarowinds are not allowed to wear costumes or masks.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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