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 1,000 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.

California Costume Collection’s
Steamer Natchez Riverboat Tour of New Orleans

Hosted by: California Costume Collections, Inc.
Friday, February 6
, 6:30-10 pm
Shuttles will run from Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to the Steamer Natchez Riverboat in the French Quarter from 6 - 7 pm. This event is invite only – please contact your California Costume Collection’s sales representative for more information.  

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. 

Education/Demo Center

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.


Artist's Showcase

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.


Zen Den

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.


BooDoo Lounge

Take a load off at the BooDoo 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. Happy Hour is offered daily from 10 am – 12 pm.