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Special FX Makeup Team

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


It takes an elite team of 18 makeup artists and hair stylists about three hours to prepare a cast of more than 200 performers each evening.

Applicants must be able to manage their time wisely. This is a fast-paced, fun environment, and the timing of the makeup crew is essential. Applicants must be proficient and possess skills in basic and intermediate special effects makeup. This includes knowledge of and hands-on experience with prosthetic application, Skin Illustrator, latex, gelatin and silicone appliances, and Pros Aide transfers. Makeup artists selected will have the opportunity to work with the best products available in a professional setting. Makeup artists are paid a day rate.

Interested in styling hair in a haunted house setting? We're also hiring a licensed hair stylist! Please fill out the Special FX Makeup Team application, focusing on the availability calendar. Note: No makeup experience is necessary for the hair stylist position, although you will receive some Special FX training. Please be sure to bring your hair portfolio.

2020 Special FX Makeup Team Interviews
All makeup artist / hair stylist interviews are held at Eastern State Penitentiary. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Please check back for FX Makeup Team interview dates.

Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.

Please bring your resume, portfolio and Special FX Makeup Application completely filled out. Applications to be made available soon. Applicants without a portfolio will not be allowed to interview. Positions will open up periodically throughout the season; check back for availability.

No phone calls please.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.