Not everyone thinks of Halloween as a prime opportunity to earn some extra money – here at Moonlighting, we do.
There’s something about that mystery of the unknown, the spookiness lurking just around the corner, the silver tinged moonlight of Halloween that beckons to the inner hustle in all of us. Maybe it’s that trick-or-treating mindset coupled with the practicality of adulthood. Or perhaps a commercialized and opportunistic view of holidays. Whatever it is, Halloween can be a great time to put some extra money in your pocket and help people out by offering your skills!
Here are 11 ways to make money this Halloween without mischief or malice.
1. Find Your Inner Scare
Haunted Houses pop up all over during October and each of them are looking for spooky servants to carry out choreographed scaring. Post your services as a helpful haunter.
2. Get Sweet
What’s Halloween without a little sugar-rush? The American past-time of sharing treats during this holiday comes with an increased need for candy-makers. Find a local shop to help through the busy season or start your own candy-making operation. Market your services on Moonlighting.
3. Pumpkin King (or Queen)
One scary squash can make any Halloween just a little more enjoyable. Take your jack-o-lantern carving creativity and help out local businesses by carving pumpkins for their seasonal decorations. Or start a pumpkin carving class for the young at heart who could use a little guidance!
4. Hayride Heaven
Apple cider, a dirty blanket, and maybe some itchy underwear are all common on an autumn hayride. Farms in your area likely offer this service to those wanting to make a day-trip out of the harvest season. Be a driver or tour guide for these fun and family-friendly events.
5. Costume Consulting & Fabrication
Do you remember those days in middle school when money was tight and all Halloween costumes were homemade? Those skills came in handy during the college years as well – thanks Mom. Whether you stop off at the Goodwill or get crafty with a sewing machine, helping others create great costumes is a fun way to side-hustle your way to some extra cash. Start a creative costume business on a shoestring.
6. Face Painting Fun
Everyone loves a cute kid with a kitten nose smudged with chocolate. Use your artsy skills to bring life to creative characters. Whether you offer it on the street while passing out candy or work for a local event, face-painting can be in high-demand this time of year.
7. Creepy Cartoons
Caricatures are often a great way to commemorate a holiday or special occasion. Bring a spooky spin to it and capture people in their costumes, whether it’s an illustration or an altered photograph, people are willing to pay for this skill!
8. Fall Splendor
For the practical among us, raking leaves can be a great way to earn a few extra bucks, be outside, and help someone with a simple service. Plus there is pretty much an endless supply of work for a short period of time – so capitalize quickly!
Beer and wine have become a big part of harvest festivals around the world. Not to mention people love throwing parties around Halloween and are looking for servers, bartenders, and event help. Use your people skills to bring a frighteningly fun personality to a themed party. Find events near you.
10. Give Back
Anytime is a good time for volunteering and Halloween is exceptionally so. Have a positive impact on a retirement home, hospice care, children’s hospital or any organization that could use a little Halloween fun and harvest-season spice. Talk to your local volunteer organizations or walk into any facility nearby to offer up a free service!
11. Get Creative
All of these are starting points to begin making money and engage with your community on this fun holiday season. You can build off any idea listed, making it into something more suited to your skills and abilities. Most importantly get out there and have fun, the more you enjoy yourself the more you will instill that Halloween spirit into your employers, customers, neighbors, and friends. Post your skills to get started.
Earning extra money isn’t all that holidays are about but it sure can add to the fun and help you connect with people in your community in a different way. Seasonal work can be light-hearted, enjoyable and easy to come by – find opportunity, everywhere – or someone to hire – at Moonlighting.