Halloween Spirit Creates 10,000 Seasonal Jobs

The Halloween spirit rivals the traditional Christmas spirit for creating a sense of magic -- and seasonal jobs.

The magic of the Halloween Spirit comes from your ability to be become anyone you long to be, at least that special night. That might be Lady Gaga or Aaron Hotchner on "Criminal Minds." Because you and everyone else want audiences for the new persona, you'll likely be party surfing.

The jobs come from retailers like Party City which specialize in providing the paraphernalia to put the big holiday together. This season Party City has been hiring 10,000 employees throughout America. Those jobs are for cashier, greeter, roadside character, customer service representative, and stock room associate.

Seasonal jobs at retailers like Party City give you experience and ideas about how you could establish your own theme enterprise, brick or mortar or on the web. Examples range from dark chocolate pizza to services and products for navigating pet grief. To get from what's in your head to what can maximize profits, you need, yes, confidence. The best read on that is by Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Her book is Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing streaks Begin & End.

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