20 Halloween Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a halloween business in 2024?

We put together 20 of the best halloween businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other halloween businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a social media marketing service

How much you can make: $3,000 — $6,358,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How I Bootstrapped A Social Media Automation Tool To $2MM/Year

MeetEdgar, a bootstrapped social media automation tool founded in 2014 by Laura Roeder, has grown to $4 million in annual recurring revenue and more than 5,000 customers, with a team size of two dozen, achieved through content marketing, social media marketing, and organic search.

About
Chris started MeetEdgar about 10 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $333K/month
Read by 13,820 founders

2. Start a candy shop

Nothing is as enticing as a display of colorful and yummy sweet treats. Adults, teens to little kids will spend money on sweet treats. Therefore, opening a candy shop can be profitable and a fun business. Luckily, a candy shop is a low-capital business yet very profitable.

You can start as a distributor, wholesaler, or retailer, and as you learn the industry dynamics, turn to candy making business.

3. Start a scavenger hunt business

How much you can make: $7,500/month

How long does it take to build: 25 days (?)

How I Make A Living Constructing 'The Perfect Day' For Random Strangers

Constructed Adventures, a company that creates custom-tailored adventures for special occasions, charges a flat rate for adventures and expects a profit of around 60k in 2019, having learned valuable lessons about pricing structure for events, always being open and transparent, and using Google Drive to organize expenses and schedules among other tips.

About
Chris started Constructed Adventures about 8 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $7.5K/month
Read by 5,147 founders

4. Start a spooky deals and discounts offering business

How much you can make: $250,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

I Created A $3M/Year Membership Business Selling Aggressive Hotel Discounts

How this CEO created a multimillion-dollar membership business offering exclusive discounts on travel and branched off into over 30 categories of discounts for members, negotiating over 3,000,000 discounts around the globe that are not available to the general public and only available to their members.

About
Shawn started Hotels Etc. INC almost 28 years ago
Revenue
Shawn grew the business to $250K/month
Costs
It cost Shawn $600000 to start the business
Read by 3,640 founders

5. Become a mobile makeup artist

A makeup artist is a beautician who offers general makeup services, including facial aesthetics, thorough makeup, and creating custom looks for celebrities and even actors on movie sets.

You can serve clients from their homes or offices as a makeup artist. Therefore, makeup artists avoid paying rent or paying expensive licenses. Besides, makeup artists get to meet different famous people.

To stand out as a professional makeup artist , keep up with the developments in the cosmetology industry, and focus on providing personalized customer service.

6. Start a bakery

Everyone loves baked goods, be it sweet items like cakes, muffins, and cookies or savory baked food like pizzas, buns, bread, and puff pastry. Baking takes a lot of effort and patience, which is why many people buy baked items from stores or restaurants instead of baking them at home.

Starting a bakery can be a rewarding business opportunity if you have a passion for baking. If you plan to start a bakery, consider that happy customers often become repeat customers. Therefore, always focus on quality and work on customer satisfaction.

To start a bakery , pick an ideal format. Some options include:

  • Counter-style bakery
  • A hybrid bakery with a cafe,
  • Food truck with a bakery
  • Home bakery.

Write a suitable business plan and choose the correct location.

How much you can make: $2,500 — $25,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How This Couple Left France To Build Their "American Dream:" A Six-Figure Online French Bakery

French chef and founder of online bakery Pastreez, Anthony Rosemond, shares keys to success including validating ideas with the market, focusing on SEO and organic growth, building customer relationships through email and SMS, never offering discounts but offering freebies, and diversifying the business with new products and content on social media.

About
Anthony started Pastreez almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Anthony grew the business to $25K/month
Costs
It cost Anthony $7000 to start the business
Read by 6,344 founders

7. Become an event promoter

An event promoter is a professional responsible for marketing and promoting events such as concerts, conferences, speeches, festivals, and sporting events.

Event promoters can work as independent contractors or for a specific organization. The core responsibilities of event promoters include conducting research into the intended audience and setting up and running social media campaigns, among other duties.

To become an event promoter, develop communication skills, be proactive and learn how to organize and influence people to attend the events.

How much you can make: $10,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How I Built A $120K/Year Event Booking Platform

EventBookings is an all-in-one event technology platform that helps event organizers remain organized throughout the chaos of event planning and is now running the business with 25 employees and is currently on track to reach their next revenue target of $1M.

About
Mark started EventBookings almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Mark grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Mark $60000 to start the business
Read by 3,349 founders

8. Start a holiday and event decoration business

9. Start an operation gratitude participating business

10. Start a trick-or-treating event hosting business

11. Start a community events business

How much you can make: $2,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $100 (?)

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

How I Bootstrapped A $2K/Month Online Community To Discuss Literature

Merrative, a community-driven marketplace for publishing talent, generates an average of $1,500 per month in marketplace transactions from their 5,000+ strong community of readers, writers, journalists, and scholars.

About
Harshala started Merrative over 3 years ago
Revenue
Harshala grew the business to $2K/month
Costs
It cost Harshala $100 to start the business
Read by 2,953 founders

12. Start a dress-up discount offer business

13. Start a pumpkin store business

14. Start a participating trick-or-treating business

15. Start a pumpkin-carving contest business

16. Start a guess how any contest business

17. Start a halloween retail shop business

18. Start a halloween costume rental business

19. Start a halloween party organize business

20. Start a kids halloween fashion show business

meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.