Its that time of year again; the time when we look into the macabre side of employment! No, we are not talking about scary bosses or scary jobs…this year we are taking a bit of a different tack. These jobs relate to Halloween or creepy stuff in general. Some are quite obvious. Many qualify as “side hustles”. For example, you could take a temporary position at one of those pop-up Halloween stores. But that does not make for a fun blog. Try some of these on for size:
Haunted House Actor – Head on over to https://www.dchauntedhouses.com/ for a list of Spooktacular opportunities to scare people. If you are not afraid of greasepaint and can wield a chainsaw – and like to scare people – this is a great place to start.
Ghost Hunter – You have probably seen the cable shows that are all shot through night-vision lenses. Believe it or not, you can get trained as a ghost hunter. You can start by visiting this site for an outline of the equipment you’ll need: http://www.ghosthunting101.com/. If that seems a little sketchy for you, try a more formal approach and find a paranormal society near you: http://www.paranormalsocieties.com/. Seriously, they exist.
Death Claims Processor – OK, this is not just for Halloween. However, someone has to process the paperwork. It might as well be you, right? FYI – the various employment web sites list hundreds of jobs in this field.
Tarot Card Reader – Want to know the future? So do a lot of people. Where there is a need there is a service. But, seeing that we are all so glued to our screens “digital divination” is also now a thing. See it here: https://phuture.me/application-for-tarot-reader-role
Clown – This pops up every year and thanks to Stephen King has taken on a much darker meaning. True, many people do suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns). But being a professional clown is actually a highly specialized field. Sorry, you just can’t spirit gum on a red nose and make a few balloon animals. You really should go to clown school: https://clownswithoutborders.org/top-clown-schools-u-s/
Pumpkin Carver – Believe it or not a pumpkin carver can earn a median salary – according to comparably.com – of about $30,000. Of course, you need more than a sharp knife and a scoop. You also need artistic talent. Like these guys: http://www.maniacpumpkincarvers.com/
Costume Maker – This one is right up our alley. Your local Goodwill retail store is a great place to shop for your DIY Halloween costume. Yes, this is a shameless plug but there could be an opportunity for some extra cash. Go shopping, create costumes, sell them to your friends. As you would imagine Etsy is already into this sort of thing: https://www.etsy.com/market/homemade_costumes
Wherever your travels take you for Halloween be sure to watch out for the little ones. And, be aware of things that go bump in the night…