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We've got jobs! So many jobs. Almost infinity jobs! Okay that's wrong. It's really only like 1,700 jobs. That's still a lot of jobs though.

Do you want one? Cool! You should apply! We've got jobs in our Customer Service, Shipping, Inventory, Receiving and Returns departments this fall and you can apply by clicking the big red button below. Do you see that beautiful, shiny button? If you want to learn more though, checkout our FAQ at the bottom of the page.

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General Employment Questions

Good question! We're an e-commerce site - which you've probably figured out by now. We're a family-owned business that sells the best in Halloween costumes, shirts and gifts through our main brands: and! We have over 150 people working for us throughout the entire year and every Halloween, we increase that number at least ten-fold for our busy season!

We've been a part of the Mankato business community in one way or another for over 20 years and we're always growing by leaps and bounds.

The way we see it, it's our job to put some joy into people's lives through our products and have a little bit of fun while we're at it too.

We sure did, buddy! Heck, we used to be Costumes Galore for about 10-15 years before that! We changed to a couple years ago and we like to think of our old name as being more of a mission statement - Buy So that's what we did.

Other than the name change, we're still the same company, owned and operated by the same people and still selling the best in Halloween costumes, apparel and gifts through our main brands: and!

Due to the nature of the work performed at, employees must be a minimum of 16 years old for Shipping, Inventory (Bin Filling) and Customer Service positions and 18 for Returns, Lift Driver or Work From Home Customer Service positions.

We have seasonal openings in several departments. The Seasonal Application Form covers positions in our Customer Service, Inventory, Equipment Operations, Returns and Shipping departments. We may also have some openings in other departments (e.g. Purchasing, Maintenance, Human Resources). Check the Jobs page for all available opportunities and to check out some brief videos explaining a little bit about many of our open positions.

Employee pay varies based on department and previous experience with Most positions will start at $10.00 per hour for the first season worked with

Department 1st Season with 2nd Season 3rd Season 4th+ Season
Customer Service, Inventory, Shipping, Returns $10.00 $10.50 $11.00 $11.50
Lift Driver* $11.00 $11.50 $12.00 $12.50

*Lift Drivers will start at the appropriate base wage based on years of service and will receive the additional $1.00/hr upon completion of equipment training and passing the driving test.

If you have not worked for for two or more years, you will be considered a new employee and will receive the appropriate first year pay for your position [$10.00] or $0.50 more than what you had previously earned as a seasonal employee in the above departments, whichever is greater.

If you did not complete the previous season (i.e. did not come after orientation or training, had a final day before 10/27), you may not receive a pay increase at management discretion.

Any seasonal position that isn’t in Customer Service, Inventory, Equipment Operation, Returns or Shipping will require the submission of a resume and cover letter via our applicant tracking software, Paycom. Positions may be found here.

Is “as many as we need” a valid response? Probably not, huh? We didn't want to do that much math this year, so we figure that we need about 2,000 or so people for our 2021 Halloween season. About 300-400 in Customer Service [approximately 40-60 of those would be in a remote work capacity], 250-300 in Inventory and Equipment Operations, 75 in Returns, 12-15 in HR, 2-4 in Purchasing, 2 in Marketing, 2 in Facilities (Maintenance), 2 in Scheduling and the rest in Shipping.

If you’re looking for a position in Customer Service, Inventory, Shipping, Equipment Operations or Returns: Pretty darn good!

You can find us at 2080 Lookout Drive, North Mankato, Minnesota.

You can reach us at (507) 386-0207, then press 2 at the menu to get in touch with us.

Not extension 2, mind you. Just press 2 at the menu.

We start by bringing in about 100 employees with weekday, daytime [meaning between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm] availability during August. Employees with evening and weekend availability will start working in September.

Returns positions start later in the season because costume returns general don't occur until people start buying costumes in September and October. Crazy, right? On the plus side though, those positions tend to go several weeks past Halloween.

Most positions end on Halloween [give or take a few days]. Because Returns' season starts later, Returns positions go from late September and last until approximately mid-December. Some employees will be asked to stay on for a few more weeks for our smaller, winter holiday rush.

There is a chance, but the chance is very small. Last year, we hired 1,563 seasonal employees and about 20 of them were hired on permanently after the season. BUT 40% of our current permanent staff started off by working here seasonally at one point or another. Working with on a seasonal basis is a great way to get your foot in the door for later on when you start looking for your first career after college or when you’re ready to make a career change to another company.

We don’t have regular shifts. That’s actually one of the biggest benefits of this place! We will work with whatever schedule you can throw at us! Are you in sports, have another job and take classes? As long as you’re available for a minimum of 15 hours a week, we can work with you and your schedule!

Many of our seasonal employees get 40 hours per week shortly after they begin working. The first week or two after training may have fewer shifts so we have the ability to monitor your performance and attendance before scheduling you to work 40 hours per week. If you do well though, we can usually work something out and make sure you get more hours. Bear in mind, however, the exact number of scheduled hours will depend on business need, employee availability and performance/attendance and may vary on a week-to-week basis.

Working overnights in October is a great way to get 40 hours a week, though. And extra money. Just sayin'.

You sure do! If you’re the kind of person who shuns the horrible, horrible sun, we’ll reward you for that! You’ll get paid $2 more per hour for working overnights [certain restrictions apply - must be 18+, work for a minimum of 6 hours per shift, start work after 10 pm] and you’ll probably be able to get 40 hours per week right away!

Until September, most departments are open M-F from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm with a skeleton crew working a few hours on the weekends. Once September hits, we start being open on weekends and stay open until 10:00 pm. Several departments are open 24 hours a day during the month of October.

Thankfully, we're on the Internet, so nobody knows that we're not wearing pants.

Wait. What?! No. That's not right...

Okay. Apparently you still have to wear pants around here, but the dress code is pretty casual. All we ask is that your clothing isn't offensive towards any group of people, too revealing and that you don't wear open toed, open heeled shoes [sandals, flip-flops, Crocs] in the warehouse. There are a couple more minor rules, but we'll go over those in orientation.

Application Questions

Sorry, no. Our seasonal application also includes many of the questions that we would ask during a job interview. By filling out this application online, you don’t have to take extra time out of your day to play phone tag with HR, then try to schedule an interview time that works with you and everyone else, then finally come up here and sit with them for 15-30 minutes for an interview. That’s a lot of wasted time when you could just answer the interview questions whenever is most convenient for you while watching Netflix in the background.

No way! That'd be cruel and unusual punishment. All you'll have to do is just click on the boxes on the application and you’ll only have to answer questions related to positions for which you have expressed interest.

Guess what? If you submitted your application, you already finished up your interview! Pretty sweet, huh? Now just sit back and we’ll get in contact with you.

That’s a good question!


That wasn’t a question.

In all seriousness, it depends on when you submitted your application. If you submit an application in July, it may be a few weeks before we get to calling you. We only have a limited number of orientations in August and they fill up fast. We will also be concentrating on finding applicants with daytime availability. After we've filled our first few orientations in August and our hours of operation expand in September, that's when we start calling the people with evening and weekend availability.

Once we get to late August and September, you will most likely hear from us within a week or so.

The application for employment with includes a section where you fill out your personal information (e.g. name, address, phone number, etc.) and a section which contains all relevant interview questions. At the conclusion of the interview questions, your application has been considered submitted and you may receive a message extending a contingent offer of employment based on your answers to our interview questions.

Part of the contingent offer of employment is authorizing a check of your public criminal history. You do not have to authorize this immediately and electronically, but it is strongly encouraged that you do so. If you do not authorize this check electronically, you will be contacted by Human Resources and asked to fill out a form in person authorizing this, in accordance with Minnesota Statute Section 13.87, subdivision 3(f).

If you don’t authorize it electronically, it means that you’ll have to come up to our building to fill out a piece of paper that will take literally two minutes to fill out and then wait until HR gets a chance to run your history. Or, if you're applying to work from home, you will have to wait until we send you the authorization form, fill it out, send it back and wait for us to run your information. That's a bit of a process and it just takes longer for everyone involved. That's why we strongly encourage you to fill it out online. But if you don't want to fill it out except in person, that is your right and your choice.

It's just that one choice is just much, much simpler for everybody involved than the other.

Absolutely not. We treat each individual and each conviction on a case by case basis and only base judgment using criteria in accordance with applicable Minnesota State Statutes. If, however, you do not disclose a conviction which has not been sealed or expunged from your record [applicants are not required to disclose sealed or expunged convictions] and it appears on your record, reserves the right to consider your application misrepresentative and a falsification of information and therefore may consider you to be ineligible for employment with

Returning Employees Questions

You sure do! Check out this rad chart of wages!

Department 1st Season with 2nd Season 3rd Season 4th+ Season
Customer Service, Inventory, Shipping, Returns $10.00 $10.50 $11.00 $11.50
Lift Driver* $11.00 $11.50 $12.00 $12.50

*Lift Drivers will start at the appropriate base wage based on years of service and will receive the additional $1.00/hr upon completion of equipment training and passing the driving test.

If you have not worked for for two or more years, you will be considered a new employee and will receive the appropriate first year pay for your position [$10.00] or $0.50 more than what you had previously earned as a seasonal employee in the above departments, whichever is greater.

If you did not complete the previous season (i.e. did not come after orientation or training, had a final day before 10/27), you may not receive a pay increase at management discretion.

You do not have to, but we will require you to fill out the full application with the interview questions pertaining to the position for which you are interested.

That being said, reserves final call on placement in a department. If one of our managers really, really liked you, it might be hard for them to give you up. :)

You sure do! Things change every season and it's always good to have a refresher on the basics of a position after being gone for some period of time.

Because people always mistook our Shipping and Warehouse departments because they were both located within the warehouse portion of the building. It got confusing for everyone involved real quick.

Training & Orientation Questions

First of all: welcome aboard! We're excited to have you be part of the family!

Our orientation is a group session where we go over some of the important company details, sign you up for your training to actually begin working, have you fill out all of your new hire paperwork, and take a quick tour of our building.

When you come to orientation, you will be required to bring proper identification. By which we mean a photo ID and a document that proves your eligibility to work in the United States. The most common forms of identification that people bring in are: a driver's license or student ID and a state-issued birth certificate [hospital-issued birth certificates don't count] or Social Security Card. A US passport would work to cover both the photo ID and workability documents.

Of course, those are not the only acceptable documents that you can bring. A full list can be found on page 9 of the form found here:

We will accept any documents that you bring in on that list as long as all documents are valid (i.e. not expired) and original. You cannot bring a photocopy of any of the required forms. We're the ones who make the copies! Otherwise the terrorists win.

...Or something like that. We're not exactly sure of the reasoning, but since us making photocopies is part of the Patriot Act, we can only assume that's why.


No. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but you will be paid for your time in orientation and will be considered an employee starting the second orientation starts. In order to make our process run as smoothly as possible, we require that you have your proper documents ready right when you walk in our door.

We aren't monsters - well, the purple guy is - and we'll reschedule your orientation time and hope that next time, you will have all the documentation that we require.

That's no good. You will have to visit the appropriate offices to get a new or replacement copies of your missing documents.

You may not be able to get a replacement for lot of documents the same day you request them. Don't panic. If you bring in your valid receipt for the document, we can accept that for 90 days. Just be sure that it has been signed by a person from the office from which you requested the document and you have the original.

Again: no copies.

That's not a question, either.

That's okay. We were just teasing about the semantic difference between a question and an exclamation in regards to a FAQ. Anyway, we understand that life happens. All we ask is that you give us a call and let us know what's up. We'll be sure to reschedule your orientation or training for a time that's more convenient for you.

By the way, please leave a message if we do not answer. We can't always get to every call right away.

Orientations can last anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on how large the group is. Most of the time though, they take about 90 minutes.

Training is a different story, however, as each department as its own schedule for initial training.

Shipping and Inventory have a shortened training time of approximately 3 hours for Inventory and 4 hours for Shipping. Because so much of what they do is hands-on and improves with experience, an elongated initial training time doesn't make sense.

Returns has a longer initial training time of a full eight hour day. Our Returns Specialists need to learn a lot of the ins and outs of costumes, repairs and our computer system to operate efficiently, therefore there is more background knowledge needed prior to really starting the job.

Customer Service has the longest training period of all: two full 8 hour days or four 4 hour evening shifts. Our Customer Service Reps need to know how to handle a multitude of situations prior to getting started and therefore require intense training in order to be proficient at their positions.

In addition to the initial training period, all employees will get hands-on training on more aspects of the position as the season goes on.

Wow. Really? This FAQ is pretty extensive.

If you've still got questions, we'd love to answer them for you. Please give us a call at (507) 386-0207 and we'll do our best to answer anything that you've got to ask.