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.