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Busch Gardens announces open auditions for Howl-O-Scream

Busch Gardens will hold auditions for scare actors to work during Howl-O-Scream beginning July 22. The seasonal event returns Sept. 23. [Times files]

Busch Gardens will hold auditions for scare actors to work during Howl-O-Scream beginning July 22. The seasonal event returns Sept. 23. [Times files]

If you're the type of person who enthusiastically dresses up as a chainsaw-wielding clown to scare the neighborhood kids on Halloween, perhaps this year you'll be able to get paid for it.

Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens' annual, after-hours Halloween season event, returns Sept. 23 to Oct. 30, and the park is beginning the search for this year's crop of "scare actors."

The hundreds of temporary employees will spend their fall nights dressing up like zombies, voodoo queens, demented inmates and other miscellaneous monsters as they try to make visitors to the theme park's haunted houses jump out of their skin.

Those interested in trying out can attend an audition at the park at 5 p.m. on July 22, 23, 29 or 30. Prospective scare actors must first apply online for the Howl-O-Scream Entertainer II position at careers.seaworldparks.com.

Scare actors must be at least 18 and be able to work from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. on event nights. They should be prepared to stand, walk or perform in other ways for up to two hours at a time.

The listed pay rate for startling people into the twilight hours is $9.75.

Earlier this month, the park announced that the Howl-O-Scream theme for 2016 would be "Evil Encore," and released the first teaser (below).

Busch Gardens announces open auditions for Howl-O-Scream 07/12/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:29pm]
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