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    Billie Eilish Costume

    This BILLIE EILISH CLASSIC GREEN CHILD COSTUME from Disguise includes the top, shorts, headwrap and mask. Item #112579. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

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    Beistle Skeleton Restroom Door Cover

    Skeleton Restroom Door Cover (00014): Measuring 30" wide by 5' tall, this door cover is the perfect spooky decoration to guide your guests to the restroom. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    1:05 PM

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    Novelty Facemasks from Underwraps

    Underwraps has developed a line of novelty masks that are perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. You can socially distance in style and keep the newest holiday essentials in stock. Styles are available for the entire family. Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    2:16 PM

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    Morris Costumes Reaper's Ride

    The full size Reaper sits atop an eerie steed from the underworld. Once activated, the Reaper’s mouth moves as he says one of six phrases as the horse bucks its head and kicks its front legs. Read more

    Jun 11, 2020

    1:53 PM

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    New Book: Hat Couture

    Marianne Jongkind is a Dutch hat designer with more than 55 years of experience in hat making. She creates couture hats,both under her own name as well as for established fashion designers. The book (208 pages) is published in English and Dutch and c Read more

    May 27, 2020

    8:49 PM

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    Colonial Patriot Costume

    This fancy and affordable Colonial Patriot Costume will impress your child’s classmates and teachers with its sophisticated colonial style and exquisite details. This classic and handsome costume features a blue jacket with decorative golden buttons. Read more

    May 27, 2020

    8:43 PM

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    Glamour Muerta Costume from Starline

    Get into the Halloween spirit and celebrate Day of the Dead style when you wear this gorgeous Glamour Muerta Costume! Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

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    Bunny Mascots from Sunnywood

    Our Long Hair Bunny Mascot (#4074) has the Best Bunny Face On The Market! This polyester jumpsuit is covered with Luxurious Plush Fur. The Fully Lined Parade Head, specially designed to fit all head sizes. Attached mittens and attached feet with hard Read more

    Feb 20, 2020

    1:03 PM

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    “Can I Try It On?” A Scary Question in the Time of COVID

    When a customer walks into your store and starts looking around, you know that eventually he or she is going to find something to like. Back in the B.C. times (Before Covid), you’d gladly let that customer try on a costume or mask and never think twi Read more

    Jul 23, 2020

    4:14 PM

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    NCA Survey: Just a Trickle of Customers, Worried about Halloween

    A survey of costume businesses in late June showed that shops are slowly reopening, but customers are not flooding back. Read more

    Jul 9, 2020

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    Safety Top of Mind as Atlanta Costume Shop Reopens

    If anyone wonders how seriously Costumes ETC in Atlanta, Georgia is taking safety as it reopens, one sentence sums it up. Even the costumes are quarantined! Read more

    Jul 9, 2020

    2:58 PM

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    5 Ways You Can Beat the 90-Day Stores this Halloween

    Halloween used to be great for costume shops, right? All those folks piling into the store to get their costumes for trick-or-treating or parties meant your cash register was smokin’! Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    4:12 PM

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    7 Takeaways from Today’s Halloween 2020 Webinar

    Halloween is going to happen! That was the key lesson from today’s NCA webinar on Halloween 2020. Despite the COVID fears and general anxieties in the world at the moment, people want to get out and celebrate. Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    3:52 PM

  • Video Posted: Webinar on Reopening Your Costume Shop

    The end of the COVID shutdown is near, and some costume shops have already started opening. In this webinar, we heard from three costume shop owners who have reopened -- Janine Caufield of Caufield's in Louisville, KY; Caren Bricker of Vintage Ooolee Read more

    May 28, 2020

    12:52 PM

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    Shifting Strategy at Performance Studios: Inventory for Sale

    The COVID crisis dealt a blow to sales at Performance Studios in Antioch, Tennessee, just like at every other costume shop. But because much of the company's business has been based on events, and all of them have been cancelled, the situation is dir Read more

    May 27, 2020

    4:17 PM

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    March Ahead with New Mask Marketing

    While many states are lifting stay-at-home orders and allowing businesses to re-open, nothing is likely going to be “business as usual” for some time. And whatever the next several months bring, masks are going to be a big part of the picture for you Read more

    May 14, 2020

    5:24 PM

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    Pandemics and the Costume Connection: How past crises impacted the industry

    Are you at the point that you just can’t take any more negative coronavirus news? Are you trying to find that proverbial light at the end of this Covid-19 tunnel? To lighten the mood, we bring you a quick trip back in time for a look at costumes insp Read more

    May 14, 2020

    5:28 PM

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    Lifeline for Theatrical Rental Shops: 7 Tips for Surviving the Covid-19 Crisis

    It’s undeniably a tough time for costumers. And those whose business focused on theatrical rentals are navigating a particularly rough road as schools and community theaters cancel their long-planned Spring productions, with no guarantee that the sta Read more

    Apr 30, 2020

    6:26 PM

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    Encouraging Words: Conversations with NCA’s Vendor Members

    I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with a lot of NCA’s vendor members over the past couple of weeks, and I’d like to share some of these conversations with you. I had reached out to them for three reasons: To see how they’re doing during this crisis, Read more

    Apr 30, 2020

    6:05 PM

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    Coronavirus Survival Tip: Get Crafty

    Looking for another potential way to make money during the coronavirus crisis? Here’s an idea from NCA Board Member Lori Hammes of Curtains Up Costumes in Sigourney, Iowa. She is making and selling craft kits, and plans to start Read more

    Apr 16, 2020

    2:32 PM

  • Coronavirus Survival Tip: Make the Most of Makeup

    With all of the rumors and recommendations swirling around about when life will return to some semblance of normal, it’s hard to know what to believe and how to plan for the future. Since getting back to business likely will happen in fits and starts Read more

    Apr 16, 2020

    1:39 PM

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    8 More Ideas for Costume Shops to Survive Coronavirus

    The coronavirus crisis has many businesses on the ropes. But let’s not throw in the towel yet! Here are some ideas to keep your cash register ringing, or at least to keep your shop in front of potential customers’ eyes. Read more

    Apr 2, 2020

    11:06 AM

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    Need an Online Store? Try Shopify First

    We have heard from several NCA members over the past week that they need advice on selling their products online. This is suddenly an urgent need, since so many members have been forced to close their stores due to coronavirus. Read more

    Mar 31, 2020

    3:49 PM

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    How the CARES Act Will Help Your Costume Shop Survive

    The federal government last week passed the CARES Act, a major piece of legislation designed to help businesses survive the coronavirus crisis. Here are the key details of how the act can help you Read more

    Mar 30, 2020

    4:35 PM

  • Costumers Unite to Help the Healthcare Workers!

    The NCA is sponsoring an effort to make 1,000 masks for medical personnel. The NCA 1,000 Mask Challenge acknowledges that many costume professionals are excellent sewers, and their skills can be put to use making these much-needed masks. Read more

    Mar 27, 2020

    2:59 PM

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  • Coronavirus Webinar Video Posted, Other Resources

    The recording of today's webinar titled "Coronavirus and Costume Shops" can now be viewed online. The webinar covered issues such as how long the virus lives on clothing, how to keep customers engaged, and what the various new federal acts entail. Read more

    Mar 27, 2020

    3:01 PM

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    8 Coronavirus Survival Tips for NCA Members

    It’s bad out there, folks, and we all know it. “I have had to date nine cancellations, half who had already made a down payment (they get a one year credit towards anything that I offer) and the other half had not paid; I may not get their business a Read more

    Mar 19, 2020

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Costuming News

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    Obituary: Stanley Geller, FunWorld

    Stanley Geller, chairman of world Halloween giant FunWorld, has passed at the age of 94. The following tribute has been written by Sergio Battaner, sales and marketing director at Palmer Agencies (the European distributor for FunWorld), who had worke Read more

    Aug 7, 2020

    10:34 AM

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    Costumes from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being Auctioned

    Prop Store, one of the leading film and TV memorabilia companies, in association with ABC Studios and Marvel Entertainment, has today announced the first Marvel Television Live Auction to feature original costumes, props and set decoration from Marve Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    12:58 PM

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    Missing Masks: Costume Store Owner Demands Answers from Sheriff

    Annemarie Aldrich is hunting for answers. At the coronavirus pandemic’s outset, her store, Denton's Rose Costumes, began sewing masks for inmates and staff at the Denton County Jail. Dubbing the effort “Project Mask Makers,” Aldrich said volunteers d Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    12:53 PM

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    Scaled Back but Still Happening: Halloween will go on in Salem

    There’s no better place for Halloween lovers to celebrate than Salem, Massachusetts. The town near Boston—famous (or infamous) for the 1692 witch trials—is usually overrun with locals and tourists alike during Halloween season. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    11:12 AM

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    Hershey Sweetens Outlook for Halloween

    Halloween won’t be the same as usual. But Hershey is confident the Halloween season will still be sweet—and in early July, the company debuted new Halloween candy that confirms that confidence. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    11:10 AM

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    Halloween Expert Predicts "Micro Parties"

    Halloween expert Palmer Agencies has been planning for a ‘different’ Halloween, with micro house parties and smaller gatherings, as sales and marketing manager Sergio Battaner explains. Read more

    Jul 28, 2020

    9:35 AM

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    Missing Comic-Con? Check Out These Costumes

    Of all the events canceled because of the coronavirus, few are as lively and vibrant as Comic-Con. Every year, tens of thousands of people – many in elaborate costumes – convene in San Diego for a pop culture extravaganza. Hollywood studios peddle th Read more

    Jul 23, 2020

    4:43 PM

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    New NCA Member Database Underway

    Managing all the data involved in an association can be daunting. Fortunately, there are several online systems that help association administrators effectively manage that data, and the NCA has been using a system called MemberClicks for the past se Read more

    Jul 23, 2020

    4:33 PM

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    Check Out the New NCA Digital Catalog

    Making connections between NCA Buyer members and Vendor members is an important role of the association. That's the idea behind the 2020 NCA Digital Catalog, a 72-page online catalog packed with interesting products from 20 NCA Vendor members. Read more

    Jul 9, 2020

    4:52 PM

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    Home-bound family dines in costume—for 60 days!

    “Quarantheme dinners.” That’s what Heather Zipser and her family call the daily dinners they’ve been eating, in costume, since mid-April. It was one month into the coronavirus pandemic when the 39-year-old mom from Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, coax Read more

    Jul 9, 2020

    4:15 PM

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    Broadway shops launch Costume Industry Coalition

    A group of more than 40 small business owners, whose costuming businesses create pieces for theater, television, film and more, have created the Costume Industry Coalition to lobby legislators for rent abatement and to try to gain input into the reop Read more

    Jul 9, 2020

    4:14 PM

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    Dallas Costume Shop Benefits from Couple's Gift

    A retired SMU professor and his wife, a retired florist, let their stimulus checks sit in their bank accounts for a month before a Dallas Morning News article helped them decide how to spend their combined $2,400. Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    4:38 PM

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    Costumes by Margie Closing

    The owner of NCA member Cher's Costumes by Margie, a costume shop that has served Indianapolis for 50 years, has decided to close the business. Owner Cheryl Harmon posted this message on Facebook on June 10: Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    4:34 PM

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    Special Offer: Free Shipping and Hand Sanitizer

    NCA Vendor Member Graftobian has a special offer for NCA retail members: Free ground shipping on wholesale orders over $300 & Get 10 Free Bottles of Hand Sanitizer Spray Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    2:29 PM

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    Mehron Live-Stream Schedule for This Week

    Join us on IG live! We will be answering all of your questions, demoing your favorite products, doing tutorials on requested looks, and so much more. Read more

    Jun 22, 2020

    4:46 PM