Sep 09

Join our Scare Squad!

Are you creepy … scary? Do you like to instill fear in all those that you encounter? Well that’s not required, but it’s certainly a plus when it comes to being a part of our Scare Squad. Responsible for populating the park after dark, the Scare Squad adds that final layer of immersion into the Howl-O-Scream experience in our haunted houses and scare zones. You could be a vampire, a zombie or a killer clown. No experience is necessary. Work on the weekends during our Howl-O-Scream event and have fun while making new friends. It’s a beautiful time to be at the park. Auditions are held Saturdays from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in our Training Center. Visit for more information.

You may ask yourself how it is we “audition” people for Howl-O-Scream. Obviously, there is no way to replicate a Halloween attraction for the audition, especially since we often begin our casting process in June, before the attractions are creatively finalized. Instead, the auditions are very similar to an acting audition for a theatrical play, except in place of monologues or cold readings (selections of text read without being memorized) improvisational activities are used, which test your ability to create characters and interactions spontaneously.

Scare Squad auditions at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.

First, we ask that you start at the back of the room and walk towards our audition table, trying everything you can to scare us without touching the table or coming in physical contact with us. This helps us gauge how a person can move through a space, their improvisational skills, and also their use of control and restraint, as in the haunted houses, they will need to perform the scares safely, without coming in contact with park guests.

We will also test startle abilities with the chair test. An entertainment representative (or unsuspecting victim) will walk by the actor, who can use a chair any way they want to startle the supervisor. This helps us to gauge timing, creativity and their ability to startle a person. Having been the said representative in a few cases, I can assure you it is a very tense experience, knowing someone is about to try to scare you as you walk towards them.

Finally, we test the ability to remain silent and still, essential for many of our scares. The actors have three chances to show us a scary pose and hold it in place. Hopefully, we like what we see and you get to join our elite team.

I encourage you to come out and audition for our Scare Squad Team.