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Special FX Makeup Team

It takes a team of nearly 20 makeup artists about three hours to prepare a cast of more than 200 performers each evening.


  • Applicants must be able to manage their time wisely. This is a fast-paced, fun environment, and the timing of the makeup team is essential.
  • Applicants must be proficient and possess skills in basic and intermediate special FX makeup. This includes knowledge of and hands-on experience with airbrush makeup application, prosthetic application, Skin Illustrator, latex, gelatin and silicone appliances, and Pros Aide transfers. Makeup artists selected will have the opportunity to work with the best products available in a professional setting. Makeup artists are paid hourly.

To Apply:

First, complete an online makeup application here.
Then, attend an in-person makeup interview at one of the following times:

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • NEW DATE ADDED! Saturday, June 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 10, 2024, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Please bring your portfolio to the interview along with one of the following forms of I-9 identification: 1) a valid U.S. passport or 2) a valid driver's license / state-issued ID / student ID with photo and expiration date AND a valid social security card or birth certificate. Makeup interviews are held at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia. You do not need to make an appointment. Late arrivals will not be permitted. 

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Early applicants have a greater chance at early hiring, and roles will continue to be filled throughout the season.

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



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment. ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

Commitment to Diversity: We strongly believe in the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize that a diverse workforce brings together unique perspectives, experiences, and talents, leading to increased creativity, innovation, and better decision-making. As such, we actively seek out and value job applicants from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, ages, or disability. Our commitment to DEI extends throughout our hiring process, ensuring equal opportunities and fair treatment for all candidates. We firmly believe that by fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, we can create a stronger, more vibrant, and more successful organization.