No contest hands down… Halloween is my favorite holiday! In addition to planning our Film Society’s annual Halloween event, I also spend hours online, researching Halloween decor, making notes on craft ideas for the kiddos and fun recipes to try.
While engaged in such research, I was thinking about how your love for Halloween might lead you to many lucrative income streams. So whether you have a talent for cooking, crafting, decorating, or if you’re just good at selling stuff, I think you’ll find something in this list that you’ll like.
1. Selling Halloween costumes: This one requires a little investment and patience because it won’t pay off until next fall, but you can make some decent cash this way.
Seasonal stores like Spirit Halloween and Halloween Express typically set up shop in a vacant storefront around the first of September and sell a ton of Halloween merchandise between then and October 31st. But the day after Halloween, they slash their prices 50% or more to clear out the merchandise. A few days later, they close up and ship out all the costumes, décor, and accessories to a warehouse to await the next Halloween season… but you can show up there on November 1st and buy that merchandise at rock bottom prices, then wait until next September to sell it on Amazon, eBay, or Craigslist. Grocery stores and department stores often have even greater markdowns. Staying with classical decor is best.
Don’t go for decor that is related to currently popular TV or movie characters or something that is a current fad (think of all those “Jersey Shore” costumes languishing in warehouses somewhere) – because next year it might not be a thing anymore and won’t sell. Alternatively, if you have sewing skills, you could also sell or rent used costumes that you make or refurbish yourself, or offer to do costume alterations. Obviously, there are a lot of possibilities here!
2. Creating Halloween wearable online: It doesn’t take a lot of design skills to create a funny or catchy slogan or graphic for a T-shirt, hat, hoodie, or baby apparel. Use Paint or Photoshop software to create your design and sell it online at Café Press. Your designs can also go on mugs, tote bags, and other accessories. Then marketing them online. SEO San Antonio is a leader in helping you market your new business online.
3. Selling Your Pumpkin Carving Skills: If you have some artistic talent and a set of pumpkin carving tools, this is a fun way to make some extra cash. Come up with some unique jack-o-lantern designs, carve them, and photograph them to create your “catalog.” You can also buy space at a flea market and display your wares. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can roast and season the pumpkin seeds and sell those, too!
4. Being a Halloween Makeup Artist: Again, if you are handy with makeup or paint, you can make a nice chunk of change applying Halloween makeup or temporary tattoos. If you want to get serious about it, create your “repertoire” and photograph it, then create a simple website to display your work in order to recruit customers. Or you could set up a kiosk at a fall festival or Halloween event and do basic face painting for kids. You can even buy the makeup, brushes, and supplies at a discount when they go on clearance after October 31st.