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PLEASE NOTE: TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS IS SUSPENDED FOR 2020. We are not currently hiring for any positions.


We're hiring all kinds of people for Terror Behind the Walls!

Terror Behind the Walls (TBTW), consistently ranked among the top haunted houses in the nation, runs select nights from September through November and employs a variety of people to fill more than 300 seasonal positions each year. Currently available positions include actors, dancers, makeup artists, box office and retail staff, event staff, and more. These jobs are demanding but FUN. Many employees return year after year to join our Scream Team! Pay starts at $13.75 per hour, and more for management positions.

All staff must be 18 years old or older and must successfully complete a background check. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Below you will see the categories of available jobs. Click on the category that interests you to learn more about those positions and to download the appropriate application form. Please print applications in one-sided format.

Note: It is important that you read all information carefully. Each of the following pages contains DIFFERENT information about interview or audition dates, paperwork, and required skills.

Remember to fill out your application before you arrive to interview or audition! Not only will you save the hiring managers time, but you will also be placed ahead of applicants who haven’t completed an application in advance. Applications can be downloaded from the pages listed below.

Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-considered basis – meaning that you have a better chance getting a role by attending an earlier audition/interview. Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.

These are the categories of currently available positions at Terror Behind the Walls:

Acting, Dancing, and Singing Roles
Applicants must audition for acting, dancing, and singing roles. These jobs require wearing costumes and special FX makeup provided by TBTW. An actor’s main responsibility is to scare and entertain visitors in the haunted house. You do not need to prepare a monologue; just come, have fun, and give us your best scream! No experience necessary.

Customer Service, Retail, and Box Office Roles
Applicants must interview for these roles. Positions include Box Office, Retail, Guest Services, Parking, Line Staff, Line Beasts, and Custodial. These positions require a lot of customer interaction. A positive attitude and a commitment to exceptional customer service are required. Most of these jobs do not require wearing a costume or makeup, just a uniform.

Special FX Makeup Team
Applicants must interview for these positions. This elite team prepares the cast of more than 200 performers each show night. Lots of energy and special effects makeup experience are required.

Costume Team
Applicants must interview for these positions. The costume team is made up of nine talented costumers who dress and aid the cast of 200 performers each evening.