Welcome, ghouls and ghosties, to this year’s Cast It Talent: Halloween Edition! It’s that time of year when actors and non-actors alike throw on their spookiest costume and step into the world of play-pretend for a night. Or several. Or all season. (I’m not here to limit your Halloween hijinks).
For actors, the Halloween season is abundant with opportunities for side gigs that will stretch our imaginations and performance styles. If you’re looking for some part-time employment of the eerie persuasion, here are some great gigs to check out!
- Haunted Houses. Almost every city has them, and they are constantly in need of performers. Haunted houses can be a real test of an actor’s endurance and improv skills. Late-night shifts can also leave convenient room for work and rehearsal if you need to double up.
- Hayrides. Though essentially rural in nature, often it takes little more than venturing outside of your city limits to the lawless suburbs beyond to find hayrides, corn mazes, and all manner of rustic Halloween fun. For an outdoor haunted house option, check out corn mazes and hayrides that might be looking for some live scares to hire.
- Amusement Parks. While they may not be the first to leap to mind, amusement parks often host fright nights or late night seasonal shows for the slightly more mature family outing.
- Ghost Tours. These are some of my favorites. Half tour guide, half performer, ghost tour gigs give their actors the chance to mix storytelling and improv with scripted acting. Check out some near you!
- Halloween Party Circuit. If you have the right connections, corporate parties and private hosts occasionally hire actors to take things up a level. But if you really want to cash in on private parties, makeup is where it’s at. If you have stage makeup (and especially gore makeup) skills, put yourself to work and charge for macabre makeovers. Done right, it can be a lucrative venture.
- DIY: If you’re feeling possessed by the producing spirit, create your own! Self-produced haunted houses and ghost tours can be a great source of extra cash if you do it right. Play the long con. Get some fellow actors together and start devising a Halloween piece for next year. It can be a great opportunity to grow your directing and producing skills. Just make sure you do your research and have safety measures in place.
Spooky side gigs often stretch all autumn long and can be a fun way to supplement income and test out some live performance skills you might not often put to use. Happy Haunting!