Trick or Treat: 20 Spooky Halloween Jobs

Are you on the hunt for seasonal roles? We have created a list of the best Halloween jobs out there!

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If you’re a Halloween lover, you’ve probably already picked out your costume and put up your decorations. And this year you might even be thinking about finding a job as a side gig to make some extra cash over the spooktacular holiday.

After all, every big holiday brings a bunch of seasonal jobs to town, and Halloween is no different.

So, if you want to make some money while having fun, check out these 16 Halloween jobs that you can do even on a part-time basis!

1. Makeup artist

Average salary: $17 (£15) per hour

Halloween is the best time of year for an aspiring makeup artist. You can delve out into crazy designs and create masterpieces out of theatrical makeup! If you consider yourself an artist and you have a makeup kit ready to go, start booking your diary with appointments. You can even build a portfolio of your work and turn your hobby into a full-time business!

2. Pumpkin carver

Average salary: $100–$500 (£86–£431)

Pumpkin carving has become a big deal in recent years, with many professional carvers making big bucks around the holiday season by making highly detailed and uniquely carved pumpkins. According to the The New Yorker you could be earning over $100 per pumpkin! If you have artistic skills, you can make a real business out of this holiday tradition.

3. Entertainer

Average salary: $195 (£168) per hour

Halloween is a popular time of the year for most children entertainers. Depending on your act, you could incorporate a few spooky surprises and perform at a few Halloween parties. Think of monster statues, ghoulish games and spooky giveaways to get the children screaming (of joy, of course!).

4. Confectioner

Average salary: $12 (£10) per hour

When you think of this spooky holiday, you automatically associate it with copious amounts of candy, chocolates and other sugary treats. And if you’re skilled at creating cool designs that will excite children and adults alike, you should consider becoming a confectioner. You can set up your own online store or take orders through word-of-mouth advertising!

5. Costume designer

Average salary: $15 (£13) per hour

Having a knack for creating new and interesting costumes can serve you well during the Halloween period. Think Hocus Pocus-type dresses and Addams Family-quality costumes. If you are a skilled tailor, you’ll make a handful of clients extremely happy with their custom-made costumes.

6. Retail sales assistant

Average salary: $11 (£9.50) per hour

If you want to be where all the action is and help party-goers get kitted out for their Halloween bash, then working a retail sales assistant is the perfect job for you. You can recommend party bag fillers and costume choices as well as advise your customers about how to do their hair and makeup!

7. Theme park worker

Average salary: $11 (£9.50) per hour

Working at a theme park during Halloween must be the best job ever! The rides are made even scarier with decorations and soundtracks, the staff are hyped up and in their own element, and everyone is there to have a good time. If you want to join the fun, you could look into shift work opportunities at your nearest theme park!

8. Event planner

Average salary: $18 (£15.50) per hour

If you’re notorious for throwing great parties, Halloween must be your best time of year! With so many props and decorations, you can turn a simple room into a haunted house with a graveyard and skeletons. Even if event planning isn’t your day job, don’t be scared to venture out and plan a few parties.

9. Haunted house spook

Average salary: Unknown

Haunted houses have become the ‘in’ thing to do around Halloween. If you don’t mind scaring a few people for a living, you could audition as an actor who pops out of the woodwork to frighten people. If you think you can stay in character all night, why not consider this option to make some extra cash?

10. Tour guide

Average salary: $12 (£10) per hour

If you’re a qualified tour guide and have great knowledge of the history of your city, you could lead tourists or locals on a Halloween-themed history tour. For example, the Jack the Ripper tour in London is extremely popular around Halloween, which takes you back to the events of the gruesome murders by the infamous 19th Century serial killer.

11. DJ

Average salary: $39 (£34) per hour

Any Halloween bash needs a skilled DJ to make sure the party gets going. Although some famous theme tunes like ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Monster Mash’ should be on the list, playing ‘Thriller’ on repeat won’t get you a return gig. Instead, have a list of the most popular Halloween songs and incorporate them into your regular set.

12. Pop-up store owner

Average salary: Unknown

If you love all things Halloween and have a great supplier, you could consider opening your own pop-up store to make some extra money during the Halloween season. It doesn’t have to be big, but it should attract locals and tourists looking for props and costumes.

13. Choreographer

Average salary: $30 (£26) per hour

With many TV shows and films adopting the Halloween spirit, many choreographers are required to put dance routines together for TV shows and theatre plays. If you’re a qualified dancer, you too could get involved in this line of work.

14. Ghost hunter

Average salary: Unknown

You might think that the Ghostbusters are completely fictional, but they really do exist. Ghost hunters are usually hired by individuals who suspect paranormal activity in their buildings. The ghost hunters then use devices to communicate with spirits to understand why they’re there and then convince them to move on.

15. Marketing assistant

Average salary: $15 (£13) per hour

Working in marketing can be extremely fun when it comes to any holiday period. You can get involved in Halloween campaigns and throw wacky ideas into the mix to ensure you attract customers for the product or service you’re selling.

16. Costumed character

Average salary: $15 (£13) per hour

If you love dressing up and getting into character, you should consider a career as a costumed character where you’ll usually be hired to perform as that person at a party or event. Over Halloween, you could be Uncle Fester, Chucky or any other scary character you have in mind.

17. Baker

Average salary: $17 (£14.60) per hour

If you love baking up a storm, then you’ll be busy over the Halloween period. Think of eyeball biscuits, pumpkin-shaped cakes and everything else in between. All you need to get started is to set up an attractive social media account and promote your portfolio of tasty treats.

18. Face painter

Average salary: $19 (£16) per hour

Do you have a steady hand and a creative flair? Consider becoming a face painter during this spooky holiday. You’ll be in high demand if you can work your magic to turn someone into a skeleton, bloody vampire or even their favourite Disney princess.

19. Craft designer

Average salary: $17.59 (£15.19) per hour

Are you good at creating gift items? Halloween is a perfect time for you to shine! You could create cute bags or pouches for children to hold their sweets in, as well as gift baskets full of tasty treats for people to purchase for their loved ones.  

20. Clown

Average salary: $29 (£25) per hour

Clowns are popular during Halloween; they are hired to entertain at corporate functions or scare people at public events. So, grab your wig and red nose and get into character!

Final thoughts

If one of these positions has grabbed your attention, then the next step to take is to update your CV and start applying for seasonal positions. You never know, your hobby may even turn into a full-time role!

Start a discussion! Which job appeals to you the most from our list? Join in on the conversation below and let us know.

Salary information is based on data compiled and published by PayScale. All currency conversions were based on rates supplied by XE.com on 13 October 2021.

This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 19 October 2018.