Equal opportunities legislation outlawing discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and the disabled has yet to be extended to the undead. This combined with the undermining of disability benefit claims by courtroom film evidence showing zombies running has led to increasing poverty in the supernatural class.
Fortunately the Halloween holiday provides zombies, ghouls, ghosts, monsters and vampires with a few weeks of legitimate employment and a chance to vary an otherwise all brains or blood diet.
Attractions all over the UK take on short term seasonal staff for a couple of weeks leading up to October 31.
In West Sussex failed attempts by an unconventional farmer to sell a field of pumpkins ultimately led to haunted hayrides and the Field of Screams. This year they plan to make the scares bigger and better and will soon be looking to employ staff and actors for the coming season.
Another farm, near the appropriately named Gravesend in Kent, has similar ghastly ideas and seeks ghouls and monsters to join their team and create the required atmosfear. In York the Halloween Maze is always looking for happy, confident, outgoing staff for their seasonal events.
At Alton Towers in Staffordshire, one of the UK’s largest attractions, contracts are offered from October 8 to 31 to those that can deliver terrifying but fun moments as part of their scarefest. Halloween opportunities also exist at Thorpe Park, where Fright Night scare actors can earn £70 per day, and Chessington World of Adventures. Both attractions are part of the same Merlin Entertainments group that own Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds. Longer term roles are often available at the London Dungeon.
If permission to work in the UK is going to be a problem or you just want to have a devilish time consider volunteer work. Scaresville, a haunted village that mysteriously appears in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Suffolk every October, is recruiting until September 9 for volunteer scarers. Volunteers should be available for at least three days from October 14 to 31 and one training day before hand.
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