Wanted: Talented, Reliable Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins

Knott's Berry Farm, putting together a cast of characters for its 23rd annual Halloween Haunt, said that it will accept applications starting Monday for 1,000 monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other creatures.

The amusement park also said Wednesday that it will host its first job fair--dubbed "Mummy Mash"--on Sept. 7 to fill both temporary and permanent positions.

Most of those hired for the Halloween Haunt will earn minimum wage when they start work on Oct. 6. But a spokeswoman for the park, which becomes Knott's Scary Farm for the month, said that talented and reliable monsters could have a future beyond the haunted festival.

"Any position is potential for full- or part-time employment depending on our needs and job performance," said spokeswoman Dana Hammontree. "There [are] no barriers on who can apply."

She said some veterans have been monsters for more than a dozen years, including doctors, lawyers and teachers. Many of the professionals who moonlight as scary creatures only work Halloween night, Hammontree said.

For those with less talent as ghosts and goblins, Knott's also will be hiring temporary ushers and merchandisers.

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