How to Make Money During the Halloween Season
Want to capitalize on the Halloween season? Try these money-making opportunities.
Run a Haunted House
Around Halloween time, people love to be scared! Haunted houses, cornfields, and mazes pop up all over the place and people will pay big money to go out and be scared. If you have a little bit of space and some fantastic Halloween décor, you can easily set up a haunted house to scare your neighbors for a few dollars.
If you live in a home with a garage or large backyard, you can set up an amazing haunted house with some good haloween décor and a few willing actors! Set up walls with thick plastic or wood boards that have been painted to look spooky or gruesome and lead your customers through a haunted maze. Pay a few actors (or enlist family and friends) to dress up and scare your customers!
Although a haunted house may cost a little bit in an initial investment for decorations, it can bring in a good bit of cash every October for years to come.
Do you have some artistic talent or carving skills? Carve up some amazing pumpkins and offer them to your neighbors or family, for a fee. Everyone is tired of the same old jack-o-lantern faces, and they would love to be the talk of the block with a super unique pumpkin.
You can take custom requests from your friends and family to carve their favorite sports team logo or special message. If you find success with your neighbors, branch out to Craigslist or local farmers markets to show off your skills! You can take home a pretty penny for a few unique pumpkins at an autumn craft fair when customers are in a Halloween decorating mood.
Face Painting and Makeup
If you have a knack for creating unique looks (and you love kids) offer face painting or makeup services to Halloween lovers. Some people may not have a halloween costume but still want to get involved in the festivities, and a unique face paint is a great way to help them celebrate for only a few dollars.
If you set up a booth at a craft fair, farmer’s market, or haunted house, you can easily charge a few dollars to let kids and adults alike look like their favorite animal, monster, or movie character. If you want to keep it really simple, offer easy to paint options like pumpkins, bats, and ghosts that would just be painted right on the customer’s cheeks.
If you love a more professional makeup look, offer your services on Craigslist or Facebook to adults who need help adding the finishing touch to their costume. Some customers may have the perfect costume, but need to add that last piece of the puzzle with the perfect makeup. You could even set up at adult Halloween Parties to give a special oomph to guest’s costumes.
If you have a love for the kitchen, reach out to party planners and offer a selection of fun Halloween-themed recipes. You can easily bundle them up into a printable PDF file or E-book so they can make their party guests some amazing holiday treats.
If you don’t want to give out your trade secrets, offer pre-made cookies, candies, or other sweet treats to party planners or families. You can offer your products online via social media, or set up at a local farmer’s market, craft fair, haunted house, or autumn festival. Sell pre-packaged treats that are perfect as Halloween gifts, or offer custom catering for larger events. People are willing to pay good money for beautiful, delicious party treats!