Andrew Wettengel / Wednesday, October 9, 2019 / Categories: Work World, Travel


If you’re way into Halloween celebrations, you’re far from alone.

The spooky holiday has become a beloved American tradition for adults and kids alike, partly because of its ability to inspire creativity in costumes and decorations. In fact, in a recent survey of millennials, 65% agreed that Halloween should be celebrated regardless of age — and as such, they plan to celebrate it “forever.” That explains why spending related to Halloween this season is expected to reach a record-breaking $9.1 billion.

As a travel nurse, you may be in a perfect position to check out Halloween celebrations across the country. Consider checking out these opportunities and finding out whether they’ll jibe with your upcoming travel plans.

  • Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts: A huge Halloween celebration from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, features pumpkin carving, games, activities, a costume contest and two hours of trick-or-treating at some 70 Main Street businesses. Elsewhere in the Bay State, Salem stages the multi-event Salem Horror Fest Oct. 9-27, hosts a Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel Oct. 25 and displays fireworks Oct. 31. Find Massachusetts jobs here.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Windy City offers a plethora of parties, not least of which is the Haunted Halloween Ball at the truly haunted, 122-year-old Congress Plaza Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 26. Expect dancing, drinks, theatrical performances and costume contests. Other Chicago offerings include festivities at Navy Pier (ending with holiday fireworks), a ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom, the Amazing Chicago Maze, the Northalsted Halloween Parade and the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade. Seek area jobs here.
  • San Francisco, California: On Oct. 26, the Westin St. Francis Hotel is the site of a huge Halloween International Ball in four different rooms, each offering different music and entertainment. The W Hotel offers a similar event. Check out California jobs here.
  • Dallas, Texas: The W Hotel Dallas Rooftop throws a costume ball Oct. 26 on the open-air 33rd floor, or you could check out the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village for pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 150,000 flowers and 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Search for Texas positions here.  
  • Seattle, Washington: A costumed pet parade Oct. 20 offers prizes, entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Washington jobs can be found here.
  • Pueblo, Colorado: On Oct. 19, plan to attend a Halloween Dance Party at the Pueblo Convention Center offering professional lighting design, special effects and animatronics; a costume contest; tarot card readings; fortune tellers, haunted houses and other entertainment. Look for Colorado positions here.
  • Columbus, Ohio: Its 20th Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival is Oct. 20. Ohio job openings can be found here.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: Create a memorable costume and enjoy the 29th annual Freakfest, an Oct. 26 live entertainment celebration billed as the region’s largest Halloween party. Job opportunities throughout the Badger State are here.

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