Scare Team (Actor/Make-up artist)

Closing date: 1st October 2024
Department: Events, Halloween
Location: Colchester Zoo
Position: Temporary
Rate of pay: Dependant on age bracket
You must be 18 or over to apply for role within our Scare Team

Dates: 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 28th and 30th October 2024

Working hours: 5:00pm to 11:30pm, minimum of 3 nights

Introduction to Event and Role

Our Trail of Terror event is our biggest and best Halloween event to date filled with screams and laughter at every turn. By joining the Scare Team, you will be responsible for scaring people to their core, either as a clown, hillbilly or zombie. This is an energetic role as you will need to scare and then reset, ready for the next group of visitors. In addition to scaring, we are also looking for talented make-up artists who enjoy transforming others into creatures of the night!

Are you prepared to make those visiting scared… Not only is it a great chance to experience working an event at Colchester Zoo but it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and join a special team whilst having fun. This event is produced by Colchester Zoo staff and many staff are part of the scare team.

Role Responsibilities

  • Roles available include acting or make-up artist.
  • Scaring visitors in assigned zones along the Trail of Terror.
  • Health and safety must be adhered to.
  • No previous acting or scare experience required.
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete a Selection Assessment and Scare School (2.5 hours) – session dates to be confirmed by Colchester Zoo. You will only be required to attend 1 session. You will be paid for attending our session upon completion of the agreed working hours.

Dates: 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 28th and 30th October 2024
Working hours: 5:00pm to no later than 11:30pm


  • Scare training will be provided.
  • Costumes will be provided.
  • You will be provided with a hot meal between 5:00pm and 6:00pm on your scaring nights.
  • You will be provided with a refreshment bag to take-away to your position on the trail which will include drinks and snacks.
  • We can also provide references after the event for future job applications if requested.
  • Free onsite parking.

You MUST be 18years or over to apply for a role within our Scare Team. Any applicants under the age of 18 years will not be considered. If you are interested in applying for a role within our Scare Team, please complete the Application Form below and send to

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