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Costume & Props Team

The Costume & Props Team is made up of talented costumers who dress and aid the cast of 200 performers each evening.

Applicants must be people-oriented problem solvers who can think on their feet. This team works collaboratively and interacts closely with the actors. They must be proficient sewing both by hand and with a machine, have basic painting, repairing, and fabricating skills, be able to lift at least 50 lbs., and have the ability to take initiative and work independently. Costumers are paid hourly.  

Interested in a different kind of role? Return to the overview page to explore other open Halloween Nights positions.

2023 Costume & Props Team Interviews

We are not currently planning to host open Costume & Props Team interviews for the 2023 season; however, it is possible that roles may become available throughout the festival run. If you are interested in being considered for the team, please fill out the Costume & Props Team application and email it to Senior Costume & Props Manager Morgan McCoy at [email protected]. We will keep your application on file. Be sure to sign up below to receive the latest hiring updates via email.


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