Events & Extras
2015 Kick-Off Party
Hosted by: Party & Paper Retailer
Thursday, February 5, 7-10 pm
This event will kick-off the Expo Thursday evening before the show opens Friday. The party will feature Emerald City Band, New-Orleans-themed entertainers and plenty of great food and drink. Models wearing the latest costumes will mingle among party guests. Entry and two complimentary drink tickets are free to the first 1,200 registered buyers.
*Buyer badge is required for entry to the party.
Register for the show by Friday, December 28 in order to receive your badge in time.
Rubie's Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, February 7
Rubie's Annual Halloween Bash will continue to live on in New Orleans.
Stay tuned for the 2015 costume theme and ticket information.
The Education/Demo Center adds an extra dimension to the Expo by equipping attendees with knowledge they can take home free of charge. A variety of sessions are offered by experts and professionals in the Halloween, Costume and Party Industry, covering topics such as marketing, merchandising, industry trends and more.
Expert Pumpkin Carving
Ray Villafane from Villafane Studios returns in 2015 to astound with his incredible pumpkin sculptures. Ray will carve intermittently throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, offering attendees a glimpse into his creative process.
Take a short break from order-writing and indulge yourself with a back, shoulder, or neck massage. The spa-like atmosphere creates a great environment to recharge between order writing and massages are FREE.
New Product Area
The New Product Area is a great one-stop location to get a taste of many new products being offered each year. This area continuously offers creativity in displays and leads buyers to the respective booths to learn more about all the great new products.
Take a load off at the Artist's Showcase & Lounge. This location offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of order writing and meeting with popular music, comfortable seating areas and a cash bar. The Bloody Mary Happy Hour is offered daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will also feature pumpkin artist Ray Villafane and balloon demos daily.