The Great Pumpkin Fest
Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 31
All Fun and No Fear!
Hooray for fall, y’all! Hop on your tractor, pirate ship, or witch’s broom and hurry on over for a super-sized celebration of all things fall at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest. We’ve got a full harvest of AMAZING, fall-tastic fun for everyone with games, activities, and just a speck of spooky for pint-sized ghosts and goblins.
Great Pumpkin Fest offers one-of-a-kind Halloween events for kids throughout the park! At Camp Snoopy, you’ll find family-friendly activities, games, play zones, costume contests, dance parties, and more! Around every hay bale, you can catch toe-tapping, live entertainment, and grab a comfy seat to just kick back and take it all in.
The Great Pumpkin Fest Activities
Franklin's Game Corner
Test your skill and try your luck with a variety of fun fall festival games at Franklin's Game Corner located in Camp Snoopy!
Lucy's Mummy Pit
Join in on the good, clean fun in this sudsy and bubbly pyramid of mayhem.
Candy Corn Acres
What’s the best part of Halloween? The sweet treats, of course! We put a new, safe spin on Trick or Treat – while keeping all the fun. On our cute Candy Corn Acres Trick or Treat Trail, little sweet seekers can meander along at their own pace and pick up individually wrapped candies. Yum!
Peppermint Patty's Hay Bale Maze
Do you love to twist and turn your way through a maze? You’re in luck! Peppermint Patty and her friends created a ginormous hay bale maze for this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. Bales are stacked as far as the eye can see, but still low enough that Mom and Dad can keep a close watch on the kiddos. We’re sure that Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze will be one of your favorite family Halloween activities!
Great Pumpkin Fest Activity Trail
Hit the trail for all-new Halloween activities for kids, hosted by Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS™ gang! Enjoy family-friendly games, a challenge course, corn maze, hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, crafts and so much more. Opens at 11:00 AM
The Great Pumpkin Fest Shows and Experiences
While you’re at Great Pumpkin fest, make sure to catch the fun-loving Bluegrass JamBOOree! Our traveling troupe is just a bunch of good ol’ Carolina fellas come back from the dead – who can really play and sing! Between favorite tunes, our bluegrass quartet loves to crack corny jokes. Get ready for toe-tapping, belly-laughing Halloween entertainment!
Character Meet & Greet
Snoopy and the Peanuts™ gang want to meet YOU! Your favorite characters are all dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and they want to see your costume, too. Wear your costume to Great Pumpkin Fest and snag your chance throughout the day to meet your favorite Peanuts character. You can even snap a selfie with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and their friends! This is a family Halloween activity you won’t want to miss!
Hear ye, hear ye! All young princes and princesses are cordially invited to wear their Halloween costumes and make a grand appearance at our Costume Court. Our Master of Ceremonies officiates this spectacle of Halloween merriment and weaves in a bit of dance party fun. End your AMAZING day at Great Pumpkin Fest on a highfalutin note at our Costume Cotillion. Little ones have one last opportunity to show off their costumes and strut their stuff at our blow-out dance party. Snap lots of photos because these are family Halloween activities to remember for years to come!
The Candy Horns
What’s your favorite Halloween tune? Chances are you’ll hear it from our sweet-as-sugar ragtime brass band, The Candy Horns. Our talented musicians know all the classics and play their way into everyone’s hearts. Feel free to dance and sing along when they stop to perform throughout the park. They might even have a few Halloween entertainment surprises thrown into the mix!
The Monsters are Coming!
Sing along with Charlie Brown and his friends as they perform all your favorite Halloween tunes in a live radio show just like those from the 1940s. The Peanuts™ gang is all dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes in this creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky musical adventure. With all fun and no fright, The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown is great Halloween entertainment for everyone in the family.
Whistlin' Willie's Wake
Poor ol’ Whistlin’ Willie. He’s a gold miner who died…we think. It’s not entirely clear. But that’s close enough for Lusty Lil’ and the local townsfolk to celebrate Willie’s life – and maybe his riches – with a raucous party that’s bound to wake the dead! Join us in this live musical theater show with lots of upbeat singing and dancing. Our knee-slapping comedy will have you hee-hawing up a storm.
AHOY! Game Show
On your mark, get set, now walk the plank! If your family is up for a swashbuckling adventure, barrel on down to Deadman’s Landing for AHOY! The Buccaneer Challenge Game Show. Don’t get hornswoggled in this family game show with larger-than-life props and physical competitions designed for moms, dads, lads, and lassies. Aaarrrrgh you ready to win the bounty or feed the fish?
Meat Cleaver High Pep Rally
Crush ‘em, smash ‘em, put ‘em on a rack! Meat Cleaver High is top of the pack! You never know how true this cheer might be until you attend this live entertainment show on the midway. This troupe of spirits with spirit includes a deadhead drumline, cheerleaders and more. Join in the fun with cheer-offs and learn a new, un-dead dance.