10 Ways Designers Can Cash In on Halloween

October 23, 2013

Designers can get work creating Halloween greeting cards and invitations, like this one by PsPrint customer Topher Adam Photography for SkeletonCoast Productions’ Goblyns Glen.

Designers can get work creating Halloween greeting cards and invitations, like this one by PsPrint customer Topher Adam Photography for SkeletonCoast Productions’ Goblyns Glen.

Halloween perhaps presents more opportunities for graphic designers to make money than any other holiday. Here are 10 ways graphic designers can cash in on Halloween.

1.  Costume design

More than 65 percent of those under 30 plan to wear a Halloween costume this year, which makes Halloween costumes a booming business. The industry needs designers, of course, so you can put your design skills to the test to come up with the hottest Halloween costume designs this year. Don’t forget that T-shirts, hats and other apparel are also hot Halloween sellers.

2.  Halloween decorations

Halloween decorations represent another major industry. You don’t have to design, print and sell decorations all alone, either; seek Halloween decoration companies that contract with graphic designers instead.

3.  Halloween greeting cards

Many people send Halloween greeting cards and invitations to friends, family and even customers, so designing Halloween cards is a great way to earn extra revenue. You can design Halloween cards for another company, or you can design and print your own Halloween cards to sell retail.

4.  Commissioned artwork

Another great market for your designs is custom artwork, commissioned by fans of Halloween and creepy memorabilia. Several sites, such as DeviantArt.com, allow you to showcase your work, take commission work, or even sell your favorite designs as prints.

5.  Haunted house design

Haunted houses are popular attractions during the Halloween season, and they need designers for sets, costumes, special effects, signage, marketing materials and more. You can also design corn mazes.

6.  Product design

You might be surprised to find out how many collectors are seeking Halloween-related figurines and other products.

7.  Film set design

Halloween films, commercials, stage plays and other performances need set designs; you can provide your graphic design services to lay the foundation for set design.

8.  Print marketing and ad design

Companies need newspaper and magazine ads, Halloween catalogs, postcards, brochures, flyers, posters and other marketing materials designed every year. Halloween print marketing design represents one of the most lucrative opportunities because there are so many potential clients.

9.  Digital marketing, web and mobile design

Companies also need websites, digital ads, mobile ads, email marketing and other digital marketing design for Halloween.

10.  Halloween design contests

A quick online search will yield plenty of Halloween design contests you can enter to win cash prizes.

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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