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    Product Parade: Rubies' Offers Adaptive Costume Line

    Rubies has introduced a line of adaptive costumes that are perfect for children who use wheelchairs. All of the costumes in the line are designed for comfort and are easy to get on and off. The line includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Chase and Read more

    Oct 5, 2022

    2:59 PM

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    Product Parade: Graftobian Nymph

    The Graftobian Forest Nymph Makeup Kit with Elf Ears comes with: 2 Latex Elf Ears, Theatrical Cream in Mint Green, Luster Shimmer Powder in Golden Glow, Theatrical Creme RMG in Forest Green, GlitterGlam in Opal, Spirit Gum & Remover, Liquid Latex, Se Read more

    Aug 11, 2022

    11:52 AM

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    Underwraps: U.S. NAVY™ TOPGUN™ Pilot Jumpsuits

    Take Flight with the Original United States NAVY™ TOPGUN™ Fighter Pilot Jumpsuits and Jackets! All-New for 2022 from Underwraps Costumes, Officially Licensed U.S. Navy™ TOPGUN™ Pilot Jumpsuits and Jackets are available for the whole family in Men’s, Read more

    May 14, 2022

    10:51 AM

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    Product Parade: Starline Plus Size Costumes

    Starline offers a full line of “sexy” plus size costumes. Best sellers include Alluring Sea Siren (S8022X), Rosas Day of The Dead (PK2053XL), and Empress Divine (S9025X). All Starline plus size costumes are designed to flatter the wearer and come in Read more

    May 4, 2022

    8:27 AM

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    Product Parade: Barbie in a Box

    This Halloween, you can be a real life Barbie Doll in this iconic Barbie Box Adult Costume! Dress up in your favorite stylish outfit, step inside the box, and you’ll look just the iconic toy in no time. The officially licensed Barbie Box costume come Read more

    Apr 20, 2022

    4:59 PM

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    Product Parade: Moon Terror Professional Makeup

    Camden's Moon Terror Pro FX line provides products for dramatic special effects. The Pro Fake Blood offers a realistic, super thick consistency. It’s quick drying on the skin and smudge proof. Pro FX Liquid Latex is used to create special effects Read more

    Apr 7, 2022

    7:49 AM

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    Product Parade: Sunnywood Glitter Flapper

    Sunnywood is here for all of your Flapper needs. Create this look with our #4448BK Sequin Flapper, #4439 Lace Gloves (available in white or black), and #4419 Impressive Flapper Headpiece. All at a fabulous value, in stock and ready to ship. Read more

    Mar 9, 2022

    5:38 PM

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    Product Parade: Gemar's Periwinkle Latex Balloon

    Gemar's Periwinkle latex balloon is the perfect color to celebrate any event in 2022! 💜Very Peri, the color of the year of Pantone is more than just a popular shade though, it also captures a mood. Very Peri represents a moment of transition. Blue Read more

    Mar 9, 2022

    8:48 AM


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    Meet Major Harrelson

    I thought, since this is the 100th Anniversary of the National Costumers Association, it was fitting to know the story of Major Harrelson, the Founder and first President of the organization. Read more

    Jan 25, 2023

    5:33 PM

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    Loftus: Making Sure NCA Members Have What They Need

    How often do you get ready to order some merchandise and notice that the minimum order quantity is simply too large? Or how many times do you want to try out a product with just a small order to see if it sells? Both situations are common among retai Read more

    Jan 19, 2023

    4:32 PM

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    Gallery: Lots of Familiar Faces at HPE

    The Halloween & Party Expo is still in full swing, but here is a sample of photos taken by NCA Executive Director Ed Avis during the first two days of the event. Lots of familiar faces! Click on each photo for details. More photos coming! Read more

    Jan 12, 2023

    8:06 AM

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    NCA Historians Have Left Their Mark

    Did you know that over the last 100 years various people have collected and preserved the history of the National Costumers Association? Read more

    Jan 12, 2023

    9:55 AM

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    Lola Stars: Trompe l'oeil Costumes that Deceive the Eye

    Costumes comes in a giant variety of shapes, fabrics and designs, but new NCA Vendor Member Lola Stars has created a line that probably differs from anything you have seen before. When you look at the pictures above, you likely think each costume con Read more

    Jan 10, 2023

    7:10 PM

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    Convertex: World Class Fabrics for NCA Members

    Nothing is more important to a good costume than high quality fabric. Costume designers know that fabric that is easily handled, looks great, and allows the wearer freedom of movement is essential to the creation of the best costumes. Read more

    Dec 14, 2022

    8:11 PM

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    NCA’s 100th Birthday Bash Will Re-live History, Look Forward

    It’s rare that an association gets to celebrate a centennial, so the National Costumers Association is planning an extraordinary event to honor this momentous birthday. The celebration, August 4-6 in Indianapolis, will transport attendees back to the Read more

    Nov 30, 2022

    3:56 PM

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    Chocolate at a Costume Shop? Think Sweet Year-Round Profits!

    When you scan the countertop of your costume shop, hopefully you see a few profitable impulse items that customers snatch up as they’re paying. You probably don’t see chocolate bars…but that could change soon. New NCA Vendor Member The Functional Cho Read more

    Nov 30, 2022

    3:34 PM

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    Post-Halloween Report: Several Reasons for Success

    Halloween customers at Beauty and the Beast Costumes in Chattanooga, Tennessee said they were shopping at the store because they wanted to shop local. Many buyers at McCabe’s Costumes in Greenville, North Carolina found the store through a Chamber of Read more

    Nov 16, 2022

    5:54 PM

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    Halloween Sales 2022: Mixed Report, But Not Bad

    Well, you can all take a deep breath now. Halloween is over! Based on an NCA survey of retailers and suppliers, it looks like it was a decent – though not record-breaking – Halloween. Read more

    Nov 2, 2022

    4:03 PM

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    NCA History: Despite Some Costumers Being "Selfish, Bigoted," Association Launched

    The preservation of our organization's history has been foremost on my mind. In August of 2023, we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Costumers Association. As I have been organizing and sorting through all the historical papers a Read more

    Oct 19, 2022

    10:59 AM

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    What Are People Buying for Halloween?

    By this time of the year, you already know what your customers are buying for Halloween. But you might still find it interesting to read some "big picture" data about that topic. An organization called surveyed 800 US residents ove Read more

    Oct 19, 2022

    10:34 AM

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    Welcome New Member: Chocolate Walrus

    New NCA Member Chocolate Walrus in Reno, Nevada, which specializes in "adult" costumes, knows that customers come in all shapes and sizes, and they make sure everyone has a great experience. For example, those seeking plus-size costumes don’t have to Read more

    Oct 11, 2022

    4:13 PM

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    Halloween is Coming…Let’s Costume Everybody This Year

    Halloween is the costume shop owner’s favorite holiday. A steady flow of customers, lots of inventory moving off the shelves, a pile of cash in the till. Halloween 2022 should be solid, based on the fact that last Halloween was good despite the linge Read more

    Oct 5, 2022

    4:08 PM

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    Innovation Fuels New NCA Vendor Member

    When Carlos Perez decided to launch his own costume company after the Spanish company he was working for went bankrupt, he knew a major change in focus was required. Read more

    Oct 5, 2022

    3:20 PM

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    After 99 Years, What Do You Think of the NCA?

    With a wild 99-year history, the National Costumers Association has seen peaks and valleys, good times and bad, growth and nearly a century of building relationships and building connections. What do YOU think of when you think of the NCA, your exper Read more

    Sep 21, 2022

    6:55 PM

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    Halloween for All Campaign Moving Forward

    Halloween is a time when people like to take on a different persona, show off in front of others, and generally let loose and have fun. For people with disabilities, Halloween means the same thing. It is a time when they can be whoever they want to b Read more

    Sep 7, 2022

    5:10 PM

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    Meet Sojourner: New NCA Vendor Member Offers Year-Round Sales Opportunities

    Adam Chudy and Tyler Strauss wanted to launch a business in 2015 when they noticed that a lot of people at music festivals were wearing fun-colored fanny backs. The men, who were co-workers in a Houston business at the time, thought that maybe there Read more

    Aug 24, 2022

    4:14 PM

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    Big News: NCA 100th Birthday Scheduled for Aug 3-6, 2023

    From the Washington Hotel in Indianapolis, IN, it was 99 years ago, today, on August 24, 1923, when Major Harrelson and seven others organized and created the National Costumers Association. It's been 99 years of growth, challenges, successes and a c Read more

    Aug 24, 2022

    10:34 AM

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    Can You Guess When These Images Were Made?

    The NCA leadership is busy gathering historical information and documents for the upcoming 100th birthday celebration in 2023. Naturally, we are going through hundreds of old NCA publications. With that in mind, can you guess what years these pages w Read more

    Aug 11, 2022

    11:36 AM


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    Meet New NCA Member McCabe’s Costumes

    When Anne Dorsey’s children were younger, they always wanted to dress up in costumes that were not available commercially. “They never wanted to be Superman,” she says. “They always wanted to be something completely different, so I was making Minecra Read more

    Jul 13, 2022

    5:17 PM


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    Día de los Muertos: Respect the Culture When Celebrating Day of the Dead

    Dressing up and decorating for Day of the Dead – or Día de los Muertos – is becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. Some revelers dress in Day of the Dead costumes at Halloween; others wait to celebrate until the “official” timefr Read more

    Jun 30, 2022

    10:21 AM

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    Second Date Added for Zoom Fashion Show

    Good news - a second date has been added for the NCA Zoom Fashion Show. Part II will occur on January 31 at 10 a.m. Central. This is your opportunity to see Lola Stars, Sunnywood, Manic Panic and other vendors live. Read more

    Jan 24, 2023

    9:19 AM

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    Reserve Your Space at Spring Fling 2023

    Spring Fling 2023 is coming! This casual NCA event, which is full of fun and devoid of formality, will be held May 4-6 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Here are details: Read more

    Jan 25, 2023

    5:16 PM

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    NCA Zoom Fashion Show January 24

    Are you wondering what's going to be hot in 2023? Then be sure to attend the NCA Zoom Fashion Show next Tuesday, January 24, starting at 10 a.m. Central. The show will feature live presentations from Zagone Studios, MOM-My Other Me, HMS Smallwares, R Read more

    Jan 19, 2023

    9:26 AM

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    Great PR: Grammy-Award Winner Usher Sports Manic Panic Hair Color

    The hair color products made by NCA Vendor Member Manic Panic often grace celebrity heads, but rarely does the public learn exactly whose hair color created the look. That happened when Usher, the Grammy-winning musician, showed off his new orange lo Read more

    Jan 24, 2023

    8:43 AM

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    Obituary: Robert Zagone, Zagone Studios

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Zagone, co-founder of long-time NCA Vendor Member Zagone Studios. Robert and his brother Phil founded Zagone Studios in 1974 in Chicago, and it remains a leading mask manufacturer. The NCA expresses Read more

    Jan 11, 2023

    8:58 PM

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    2023 NCA Buyers Group Deals Posted

    The most up-to-date discounts from NCA Vendor Members available to NCA Buyer members can now be seen on the NCA website. These offers are exclusive discounts ranging from free shipping to significant percentages off. New vendors in the Buyer's Group Read more

    Dec 28, 2022

    11:44 AM

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    NCA Bundle Program Launched, Deadlines Tight

    Good News: The NCA Bundle Purchase Program officially launched December 14. The program includes negotiated discounts from six NCA Vendor Members: KBW, Wolfe FX, Caretas Rev, Cinema Secrets, Blinky and Visual Effects/Duval. Read more

    Dec 14, 2022

    8:57 PM

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    New NCA Vendor MOM Offers Discounts

    NCA Vendor Member MOM: My Other Me has issued a generous discount schedule for NCA members. Note especially the additional early-order discounts below the table. Read more

    Dec 14, 2022

    8:45 PM

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    Send Us Your NCA Memories!

    In 1968 Virginia Gersney was elected curator of a nonexistent NCA museum (click here to read about this effort). She began gathering items from costumers around the United States for this future museum. Needless to say, this preservation dream never Read more

    Dec 14, 2022

    8:32 PM

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    Easley's Fun Shop Honored

    Former NCA member Easley's Fun Shop was an institution in Phoenix for 72 years, until the shop closed in 2018. The building was sold to a company that opened a coffee shop and brew pub in the location. In early November, a plaque on the building noti Read more

    Nov 17, 2022

    11:21 AM


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    NCA Member Designs in Pageants

    Historically, NCA members have been among the most talented costume designers in the country. Evidence of that can be found in past issues of Costumer magazine. Pam Markel, NCA’s current president, has been sorting through NCA historic files and foun Read more

    Nov 17, 2022

    10:29 AM

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    Join NCA at the Halloween & Party Expo

    The National Costumers Association is once again excited to partner with the Halloween & Party Expo – North America’s only event for all things Halloween, party and celebration. The event will be January 10-12, 2023 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Read more

    Nov 16, 2022

    10:40 AM

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    Big News: NCA's 100th Birthday Party Moved to Indianapolis

    The 100th Birthday Bash for the National Costumers Association, which originally was scheduled for Kansas City, has been moved to Indianapolis. The change came about during negotiations with the hotels involved, and the end result is actually what th Read more

    Nov 2, 2022

    4:10 PM

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    NCA Business Meeting Scheduled for Nov 29

    Heads up, NCA members! The 2022 Business Meeting will be held November 29 at 10 a.m. Central. At this meeting we'll discuss the association's finances, plans for the coming year, and other important issues. Please plan on attending! All members will Read more

    Oct 17, 2022

    1:22 PM

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    Starline Costumes in San Antonio Closing

    Starline Costumes, a long-time NCA member in San Antonio, is closing after 50 years of business. Owner Julie Keck is planning to retire at the end of this year. Read more

    Oct 5, 2022

    3:10 PM

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