CHARLOTTLE, N.C. -- Carowinds has been giving friends and families something to scream about for decades with the many rides and attractions, but around this time of the year, there is something else to scream about during Scarowinds. 

Staffers say the theme park turns into a "scream park" when more than 400 monsters creep around, scaring visitors with their costumes and makeup. Carowinds Park Manager, Laresa Thompson, says this event has been bringing thrills and chills to the park for nearly 20 years.

Each year 25 to 30 makeup artists are behind the scene making up hundreds of monsters. From 3:30 p.m. until around 6:30 p.m. the artists are airbrushing bruises, mixing fake blood and making the monsters ready for the busy night of screams ahead. 

Meet Lee, one of the makeup artists for Scarowinds.

From patients in asylums to vampires, the makeup artists like Demi Keller really have an eye for what could spook visitors.

Sometimes the characters also follow a storyline, like Steven Oconnell Luper who plays the role of a butcher in a slaughter house. He said he often does a lot of improving. Here is Christian Elsensohn giving him the scary look.  


It's the last weekend to see the monsters in action and to wander around the 16 different mazes. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the park's website.