Scarowinds is back! The beloved haunted theme park opens tonight, September 15th at 7 pm! Scarowinds will be open select nights through October 29th, giving you plenty of time to experience the haunts and thrills!  There will be all the haunted houses and mazes, scare zones, and of course, thrill rides you’ve come to love and expect from the attraction. But there are some new rules in place this year for anyone planning to visit Scarowinds.

Chaperone Policy

  • All guests ages 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old.
  • Chaperone’s may only be responsible for up to 10 guests who are under the of 15
  • Chaperones must stay with their party for the duration of the visit to Scarowinds
  • All guests including chaperones who are 16 or older will be required to present a valid photo ID to enter the park.

Bag Policy

  • Bags of any kind, including purses, backpacks, or diaper bags, are prohibited in the park during SCarowinds.
  • The only exception to this rule applies to guests with medically necessary items. Those to whom this applies may bring a bag no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” containing only those medically necessary items into the park.

Dress Code

  • Costume masks, face paint, trench coats, flak jackets, or costumes of any kind are not allowed to be worn by guests at SCarowinds.

See more here. It’s not just rules that are new this year at Scarowinds. There is also a new Procession of Nightmares parade described by Scarowinds as “A convoy of hideous, monstrous structures slithers through the park, joined by grotesque characters, mesmerizing effects, and bone-chilling music.” Haunted mazes and scare zones include Ripper Alley, Depths of Darkness, and the Bloodyard.

Scarowinds isn’t recommended for children under the age of 13. If younger ones are attending in the past they have been able to purchase a “No-Boo” necklace. This will prevent scare actors from approaching them in scare zones. These necklaces do not work in any of the haunted attractions.

6 Of The Best Haunted Attractions In North Carolina

Scared yet? Spooky season is upon us which means it’s time to plan your Halloween fun. And what is Halloween without visiting at least one Haunted House, trail, or attraction? Why watch a horror movie when you could experience it for yourself? There are many haunted attractions in North Carolina, so chances are there is one near you. Some are haunted houses or indoor mazes. Others are outdoors through corn mazes, woods, or perhaps lakeside. And the best part? Most of these haunted locations have a number of attractions so you get lots of scares for your money.

I’ve chosen to highlight six of the best-haunted attractions in North Carolina. These are all in the greater Charlotte region, within about an hour and a half drive from the Queen City. And even if some of these are a little far- they are worth the drive for sure! Each location on this list offers something unique and is either one I personally have visited or has come highly recommended by friends! As with any haunted experience, the goal of these attractions is to find any way to scare you. One even says if someone hasn’t peed their pants by the end of the night well they didn’t do their job. So these are not for the faint of heart. Most have restrictions and will not allow children under the age of 12 to visit.

So visit or enter at your own risk. If you dare. Keep reading to see 6 of the best haunted attractions in the Charlotte North Carolina region. Have an attraction you love that I missed? Be sure to reach out to us on social media to let us know! Happy Haunting.

  • 13th Acre

    Location: 3718 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe, NC, 28112 (Awe Shucks Farm)


    The 13th acre features 3 different haunted attractions- Coffin Creek, The Forbidden Acre, and Reeper’s Row. Once you’ve had your fair share of scares (or while you are working up the courage!) you can relax with a beverage in the 1800’s train car, shop at the general store, or enjoy the ambiance of the fire pits. Tickets are $25 and include access to all three attractions or you purchase a “fast pass” for an additional cost.

  • Boogerwoods

    Location: 725 Phaniel Church Rd, Rockwell, NC 28138


    Boogerwoods is a haunted trail that has been voted the best haunted attraction in North or South Carolina! For $30 you’ll get admission a set time (aka no long lines!) to walk the trail which this year features sets including Booger Meat Packing, a ghost town, Boogerasic Park, and several more. The best part though? The profits from Boogerwoods go to research and a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

  • Lake Hickory Haunts

    Location: 520 Carolina Ave, Hickory, NC 28601


    Lake Hickory Haunts isn’t just a haunted attraction it’s an entire haunted theme park! Ticket prices vary based on the day and which level, ranging from $30 on less crowded nights to $70 for VIP tickets on the most crowded dates. Tickets get you access to all 13 locations that make up Lake Hickory Haunts including Lair of the Undead, Shipwrecked 2.0, and Aftermath.

  • Kersey Valley Spooky Woods

    Location: 1615 Kersey Valley Road Archdale, NC 27263


    Spooky Woods consists of a 50,000 square foot walkthrough Spookywoods maze, a cornfield laser maze, a haunted tram, and an additional haunted trail. There’s also a club, drinks, character midway, outdoor laser tag and more!

  • Scarowinds

    Location: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273


    Scarowinds is Carowinds after dark. The haunted theme park includes numerous indoor and outdoor mazes, scare zones, and access to many of Carowinds rides!

  • Scarrigan Farms

    Location: 1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115


    On select October nights the 275 acre Carrigan Farms becomes Scarrigan Farms. The haunted trail is a walking trail, that is over one mile long. And the only goal- to terrify you! According to the website “If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know we haven’t done our job.”

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