Do you want to start a business and cash in on the upcoming Halloween? If YES, here are 50 best small business ideas and products to sell on Halloween. Being a business oriented person means that you should be able to take advantage of any celebration to start a business and generate income. Halloween is one of such celebrations that an entrepreneur can leverage on to start a business and of course make good money.

Halloween usually takes place on the night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints’ Day, and it is often celebrated by children and adults alike by dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to roam around.

In the united states of America, Halloween is a popular celebration and as a matter of fact, over $5.8 billion was spent for the 2009 Halloween celebration in USA alone and over $300 million of the total amount was spent on candy.

In fact, Halloween, overall, is a $6 billion per year industry in total sales of everything related to it. This goes to show that if you are smart as an entrepreneur, you will make your own fair share of the money flowing around during Halloween celebrations. If you are interested in starting a Halloween related business, here are 25 best Halloween businesses you can choose from.

50 Best Halloween Business ideas & Products to Sell and Make Money

  1. Go into the Production of Halloween Costumes

Believe it or not, one of the major stakeholders in the Halloween industry are costume manufacturers. Come to think of it, without Halloween costume there won’t be any grand Halloween celebrations. So, if you want to start a Halloween related business, you number one choice should be manufacturing of Halloween costumes. You stand the chance to make real cash from this business idea.

  1. Open a Halloween Retail Shop

If you don’t have the capacity to go into the production of Halloween inspired costumes, then one of your best options is to open a Halloween retail shop in your city; a one-stop shop where people can get anything related to Halloween. Just ensure that your shop is well-stocked with Halloween costumes and the likes and you will hardly get any customer leaving your shop without making a purchase.

  1. Organize Halloween Parties for Children

If you are good with organizing parties, then one of the Halloween related businesses you can start is organizing Halloween parties for children in and around your neighborhood. You might not make much from this business idea except if you are able to secure sponsorship from related companies.

  1. Organize Halloween Parties for Teens

As a party planner, if you are looking for ways to cash in on the Halloween celebration, one of the Halloween related businesses you can start is organizing Halloween parties for teens. If you are truly good with organizing parties, you will surely make some reasonable bucks annually from organizing Halloween parties, teens will be more than willing to pay gate fees to enter your party venue.

  1. Organize Halloween Parties for Adults

Adults are not left out when it comes to Halloween celebration and in most cases, if they come across good Halloween parties, they would gladly attend. So, if you want to start a Halloween related business, then one of your options is to start organizing Halloween parties strictly for adults. Aside from the fun – packed party, ensure that the venue of your party is well – secured if indeed you want to welcome loads of people.

  1. Open a Halloween Consignment Shop

There are loads of people out there who would want to celebrate Halloween and of course dress in their favorite costumes but they may not have the financial means to purchase the costumes of their choice. For such people, if they come across a consignment shop where they can find fairly used Halloween costumes, they will be more than willing to patronize such shop.

So, if you are looking for a Halloween related business to start, then you should consider opening a Halloween consignment shop. This type of business will do well in the suburbs or places with a demographic composition of people with low purchasing power.

  1. Start Halloween Face Painting Business

Another interesting Halloween related business that you can start if you are interested in making money from the Halloween celebration is Halloween face painting. This is obviously a small scale business that even students and teenagers can successfully start. Please note that you might not make much from Halloween face painting, but be rest assured that you will make enough to cover your expenditure and have enough to spare.

  1. Start Halloween Decoration Business

If you have ever visited Los Angeles during Halloween, you will agree that they have some of the best Halloween inspired decorations on display. This goes to show that there are people making good money from decorating venues and even offices during Halloween celebrations. So, if you are an interior decorator, one of the Halloween inspired businesses you can start the decoration of venues during Halloween. You are sure going to make reasonable money from this line of business.

  1. Star a Halloween Inspired Haunted House

One of the hallmarks of Halloween is the scary part of it, people usually put on Halloween costumes that are scary and would not mind paying to visit a Halloween inspired haunted house. If your Halloween inspired haunted house is truly scary, you will sure attract loads of customers during Halloween.

Just ensure that your Halloween inspired haunted house is designed for both adults and children alike. Families should be able to visit your Halloween inspired haunted house and catch fun. Setting up a high quality haunted house is a very good way to make money during Halloween. The truth is that if your Halloween inspired haunted house is top notch, people will be more than willing to pay above $10 to enter.

  1. Produce and Retail Halloween Inspired Candies

Another Halloween related business that an entrepreneur can start is to go into the production and retailing of Halloween inspired candies. Come to think of it, children are the major target market during Halloween celebrations and you will agree that there is hardly any children party that candies are not served.

This goes to show that those who are into the production of candies make good sales during Halloween celebrations. So, all you need to do to outsmart others is to go a step further to start producing Halloween inspired candies. I bet you, you will make cool cash from this business especially if you know how to reach out to organizers of Halloween children’s parties in and around your city.

  1. Open Halloween Video Channel

Another cool way to make money during Halloween celebration is to open a Halloween video channel on YouTube. If you are able to list some of the scariest or funniest Halloween acts in your YouTube video channel, you are sure going to attract loads of subscribers from all across the world and that of course will translate into money. If you are lucky to have one or more of your Halloween videos going viral, then you are sure going to be smiling to the bank.

  1. Make and Sell Halloween Costumes for Pets

You will agree that pet owners would not want to leave their pets out when it comes to Halloween celebrations. It is the practice of most pet owners to also dress their pets for Halloween. If you are creative, you can cash in on this by producing and selling Halloween costumes for pets.

Please note that you don’t have to operate a standard production factory to be able to produce costumes for pets. As a matter of fact, if you are good with crafts, you can produce handmade pets costumes. You can as well produce customized costumes based on demand from pet owners.

  1. Organize Halloween Competitions

Another cool and viable Halloween related business that an aspiring entrepreneur can start is to go into organizing Halloween competitions. The competition can be to identify and reward the best dressed for Halloween. You can throw the competition open to as many people that are interested in participating as long as they can afford the entry fee.

Aside from the entry fees, if the competition is top notch, you can attract sponsorship deals from corporate organizations. Just ensure that the winners of your Halloween competition will be going home with mouth-watering gifts and you will be surprised to find people from far and wide applying to participate in your Halloween competition.

  1. Produce Halloween Inspired Music

If you are a musician or a music producer who is looking towards leveraging on Halloween to make money, one of the businesses you can start is to produce Halloween inspired music. If your music is good and you have a good promoter, you are sure going to make good money from the sales of your music album and of course from singing/performing at Halloween parties.

  1. Open an Online Halloween Shop

If you don’t have enough cash to rent a physical store to start retailing Halloween costumes and related items and you are interested in starting a Halloween related business, your best bet is to open an online Halloween shop.

If your online store has good interface and is well promoted, you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing orders for Halloween costumes from your online store especially during Halloween celebrations. Just ensure that you have good shipping arrangement and you will just be fine with this business idea. You can even run your online Halloween shop from the comfort of your house.

  1. Start a Halloween Inspired Makeup Artistry Business

If you are a makeup artist, it won’t be a bad idea for you to position your business to make extra bucks during Halloween. What you need to do is to offer Halloween inspired makeup to clients who are celebrating the festival. You can start with family and friends and then extend your services to the general public. You can operate from your studio or as a mobile makeup artist. Just ensure that you have a catalogue of your work when marketing your services. It will go a long way to convince customers to patronize your service.

  1. Cultivate and Sell Pumpkin 

Another interesting Halloween inspired business that an entrepreneur can start during Halloween is the cultivation and selling of pumpkin. Come to think of it, the second most sold food related items during Halloween is pumpkin, if people are not buying Halloween inspired candies, they would be buying pumpkin. So, if you are interested in this line of business, you can start cultivating pumpkin few months before the Halloween celebration. With that, you will be able to harvest enough pumpkin at the appropriate time.

  1. Produce Halloween Inspired Movies

If you are a film producer, one of the Halloween related businesses that you can start is to produce Halloween inspired movies. During Halloween celebration, people usually go to the movies as part their activities during that period.

If you are able to come up with an interesting and perhaps very scary Halloween inspired movie, and you have good promoters and marketers, your movie will be listed as part of the movies showing in cinemas in and around the United States of America.

  1. Write and Sell Halloween Inspired Books

If you are a gifted writer, one who is creative enough to write a very scary Halloween inspired novel or children’s book, you are sure going to make good sales and of course good money. If your Halloween inspired book is a best seller, then it will not only be sold throughout the United States, but all across the globe. You can produce your Halloween inspired books in different formats such as audio books, e-books and hard-copies. With that, you will be able to maximize profit.

  1. Sell Halloween Inspired Gift Items

People celebrate Halloween just like they do celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter et al by giving gifts to friends and family. You can start a business by packaging and retailing Halloween inspired gift items. It is indeed a cool way to make money from the Halloween celebration.

If you are comfortable with this business idea, then you must ensure that you have attractive Halloween inspired gift items in your shop and you put processes in place that will help you to effectively package and deliver items purchased from your shop as requested by your customers. Your Halloween gift items could be headbands, hand-bands, bags, face caps, scary – box and just any item that can pass for a gift.

  1. Produce and Sell Halloween Inspired Tee Shirt

Another interesting Halloween related business that an aspiring entrepreneur who intends leveraging on Halloween to make money is to start producing Halloween inspired Tee Shirts. T – Shirt designing and sales thrives on creativity, branding (media hype et al) and good business skills.

Any aspiring entrepreneur can start a Halloween inspired T – shirt design and sales business as long as they are creative. The starting size of this type of business doesn’t really matter as long as the business is built on the right foundation and with the right combination of skills and talents.

  1. Start Halloween Inspired Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services

After Halloween celebrations, the costumes used are usually difficult to wash because of the stains and dirt. If you are good at dry cleaning and laundry services, you can launch your own Halloween inspired laundry/dry cleaning services.

The truth is that if you have the magic wand to wipe stains from Halloween costumes, you will always be smiling to the bank after each Halloween celebration. Just ensure that you target people who cannot do their laundry themselves and people who would want to still make use of their Halloween costumes or those who would want to sell their used Halloween costumes.

  1. Start Halloween Inspired Cleaning Services

Another Halloween related business that an aspiring entrepreneur can start is Halloween inspired cleaning services. Have you ever thought of how difficult it is to clean venues used for Halloween parties? If you are already into cleaning services, you can create a niche that is specialized in cleaning venues used for Halloween parties. It is a cool way to make money annually after Halloween celebrations.

  1. Open a Halloween Inspired Museum

Opening a Halloween inspired museum is yet another Halloween related business that an aspiring entrepreneur can successfully start and make money from. All you need to do is to ensure that you have collections of Halloween costumes and items from way back, items that people will be willing to pay to see. Please note that you might have to partner with the government before you can run a museum.

  1. Start Halloween Inspired Photography Business

Another Halloween inspired business that an aspiring entrepreneur can start is Halloween inspired photography business. All that is required of you is to ensure that you go around town covering/capturing various Halloween costumes and parties. You can come up with your own Halloween photobooks or a gallery et al. It is a cool way of making money annually from Halloween celebrations.

There is no doubt that you can make a lot of money from choosing one or more of the business ideas that have been listed here. However, you have to carry out the necessary research before you can succeed.

Ajaero Tony Martins