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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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    Product Parade: Kalan Fake Bloody Soap

    Just trying to get clean? This gag item looks like soap but suds like blood. Replace in the shower and wait for the screams to start. Read more

    Oct 7, 2021

    1:56 PM


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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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    New Vendor Member Western Fashion: Year-Round Sales Opportunities

    Costume businesses need products to sell all year, not just at Halloween. Fortunately, new NCA Vendor Member Western Fashion offers a wide variety of costumes that sell in every season. Read more

    Jun 16, 2022

    8:16 AM

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    HM Smallwares: Face-to-Face Pays Off; 3D Printing is Part of the Future

    Wayne Copoloff began his career at HM Smallwares in 1984 sweeping the floors. His father-in-law, Harry Feigelman, owned the company and needed help. Within months Copoloff was traveling widely to visit suppliers and customers. He took over the compan Read more

    May 19, 2022

    9:05 AM

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    New Era for Graftobian: Consolidated Ownership, New Warehouse

    NCA Vendor Member Graftobian has had a big year. Eric Coffman, the company’s president, bought out his partner, John Mazur, last June, and the company has moved the make-up manufacturing operations from New York to a new facility in Madison, Wisconsi Read more

    May 18, 2022

    1:01 PM

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    Report from Spring Fling 2022

    Spring Fling 2022 was amazing!!! Reconnecting with old and new friends is what this weekend was about. Although we spend most of our time shopping, talking, and eating, we always seem to find interesting things to do. Watching the Kentucky Derby toge Read more

    May 18, 2022

    12:50 PM


  • Mindscope Products: Get Ready for the Talking Pumpkin

    What do people think about when Halloween comes to mind? Costumes, trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns, right? You already sell costumes to the Halloween celebrants…and now, thanks to new NCA Vendor Member Mindscope Products, you can sell jack-o-la Read more

    May 4, 2022

    8:13 AM

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    Snapshot: Taylor Maid Beauty and Theatrical Supply

    “If we can’t make you beautiful, we will sell you a mask.” That tagline sums up the approach Mike Taylor has taken for 47 years at Taylor Maid Beauty and Theatrical Supply, the business he launched in 1975 in University Mall in Orem, Utah to fill the Read more

    Apr 20, 2022

    3:29 PM

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    Camden Passage: Safely Changing Customers’ Looks

    If you’ve ever had a customer complain about poor quality cosmetic contact lenses or a reaction to make-up, the owners of Camden Passage have a message for you: Their products will not generate those complaints! Read more

    Apr 20, 2022

    12:44 PM

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    Six Tips for Sellling “Adult” Costumes/Clothing

    Kids getting ready for trick-or-treating or Halloween parades are of course a giant market for your costume shop, but let’s be honest -- adults buy a lot of costumes, too, and in many cases they want their costume to be flattering or downright sexy. Read more

    Apr 7, 2022

    7:44 AM

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    What the Heck is Spring Fling?

    If you’re a regular reader of NCA Today, you’ve probably seen the little news articles about the upcoming Spring Fling. But what exactly is it? Technically, it’s an informal annual gathering of costumers, not officially operated by the NCA. In realit Read more

    Apr 6, 2022

    5:34 PM

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    Be Welcoming: Tips on Serving the Drag Community

    When most people think about your costume store, they probably envision happy kids choosing Halloween costumes and cheerful couples picking out party outfits. And those might be the majority of your customers. But you know – probably – that your cust Read more

    Mar 23, 2022

    9:57 PM


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    Light Up Your Sales: Visual Effects Party Lights, Fog Machines Can Enliven Your Bottom Line

    When you think about a DJ set-up, you probably envision the 1980s version, when everything was big and expensive. Giant speakers, industrial-size fog machines, chunky strobe lights. This stuff was all sold by professional lighting and sound companies Read more

    Mar 23, 2022

    7:46 AM

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    Plus Sizes Power Sales at Starline & Party King

    Everyone wants to look good in their Halloween costume, even if they don’t have a wispy figure. That fact is why NCA Vendor Member Starline is so successful in plus-size costumes. Read more

    Feb 23, 2022

    11:07 AM

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    The Hairy Truth: Mustaches and Beards Can Add to Your Bottom Line

    What do kings, Santas, hippies and cowboys all have in common? They’re all known for facial hair. Beards and mustaches are essential components of countless costumes, which means they could potentially add to your bottom line. Read more

    Feb 18, 2022

    11:06 AM

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    Blinky Products: New NCA Member Offers Add-On Sales

    When you imagine customers in your store shopping for Halloween, you probably envision them buying costumes. But the trick-or-treating experience these days goes beyond dress-up – you should also think about selling pumpkin-shaped candy holders, caul Read more

    Feb 9, 2022

    8:39 PM

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    Survey Reveals NCA Member Buying Habits

    NCA members play a huge role in the costume industry, based on a survey of their buying habits conducted last week. Read more

    Feb 9, 2022

    5:38 PM

  • Five Curated Youtube Videos for Costumers

    Looking for some diversion in these weeks before Christmas? Here is a curated list of five inspiring, fun videos on different costuming topics. Enjoy! Read more

    Dec 16, 2021

    11:24 AM

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    Funny Fashion: Two-Person Office Serves Up Hippie Wear, Country-Specific Costumes

    Do you carry hippie costumes in your store? Or costumes specific to certain countries such as Scotland or Spain? Then you probably are familiar with Funny Fashion, an NCA Vendor Member located in Colorado Springs, Colorado that offers an extensive li Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    8:55 PM

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    Q&A with Jim Lawrence, Horror Artist

    There are lots of super-talented people in the costume industry, and one of them is Jim Lawrence, graphics manager for Morris Costumes. In addition to his work for Morris, he is a visual artist. He answers a few questions in this interview. Read more

    Nov 17, 2021

    12:52 PM

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    Meet Our New Vendor Member Manic Panic: From Baloney to Blondie to Bath Bombs

    The NCA has a lot of fantastic vendor members with interesting back stories, but few can match the origin tale of our newest member, Manic Panic. This New York-based company, which sells a line of hair color in three styles and 60 colors, is led by s Read more

    Nov 16, 2021

    12:27 PM

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    Welcome New Member: MOM

    We are pleased to announce that MOM: My Other Me has joined the NCA as a vendor member. MOM's extensive product range includes licensed costumes, such as Sesame Street and Assassin's Creed, accessories, make-up and much more. Read more

    Aug 11, 2022

    12:58 PM

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    NCA Discount Connections Program Making Connections

    Last year the NCA initiated the Discount Connections program, which connects costume retailers or vendors who are unloading inventory (either because they're overstocked, changing focus, or closing) to NCA members who are interested in buying the inv Read more

    Aug 11, 2022

    11:48 AM

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    NCA Members: Special Offer from Mustaches

    NCA Vendor Member Mustaches has created a special offer for NCA members, specifically for Halloween. Please consider supporting this member! Read more

    Aug 2, 2022

    9:04 AM

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    Five Vendors Sponsor NCA's Halloween for All Program

    The NCA's Halloween for All program, which urges costume retailers to be sensitive to the needs of customers with disabilities, has received a major boost with sponsorships from five vendors: Ellie Shoes, elope, Kryolan, Manic Panic and Mehron. Read more

    Jul 27, 2022

    6:37 PM

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    New Product Info for Hauntley's, Jabberin' Jack

    Looking for a few innovative decor items to sell at Halloween this year? Check out the new sales material from Mindscope Products, makers of Jabberin' Jack animated pumpkin and Hauntley's animated skull/monster: Read more

    Jul 25, 2022

    2:25 PM

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    NCA Seeking History Items, Info

    In August 2023, the National Costumers Association will celebrate its centennial. To honor the occasion, the NCA has formed a birthday committee, whose members have been planning and sorting through all kinds of ideas to create a celebration of a lif Read more

    Jun 30, 2022

    10:16 AM

  • NCA Member Selling Rental Costumes Inventory

    Jacob & Kimberly Cowger, owners of NCA Member Balloons, Etc & The Costume Emporium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are retiring from the Rental Costume portion of their business. Starting Monday, June 13, 2022, thousands of rental costumes will be for sale. Read more

    Jun 13, 2022

    8:56 AM

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    NCA Launching Campaign on Serving Customers with Disabilities

    People with disabilities deserve the same enjoyable experience when they're choosing a Halloween costume as anyone else. The NCA is launching "Halloween for All," a campaign to encourage costume retailers to be sensitive to the needs of customers wit Read more

    Jun 16, 2022

    9:09 AM

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    Cosplay Webinar Scheduled for Aug. 18

    Cosplay is massively popular these days, and if your costume shop is not taking advantage of the trend, you’re missing out! Cosplay aficionados buy make-up, costume pieces, accessories and much more, and they are often year-around customers. The NCA Read more

    Jun 16, 2022

    9:01 AM

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    Eight New Buyer Members Join in Last Three Months

    We are delighted to report that eight costume businesses have joined the NCA as Buyer Members in the last three months. They are: Read more

    May 19, 2022

    9:37 AM

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    Western Fashion Offers Free Shipping

    Western Fashion, Inc., which offers a wide variety of costumes, including rental-quality pirate, flapper and Victorian costumes, is offering free shipping to NCA members. Read more

    Jun 10, 2022

    1:09 PM

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    Are You Using Your Benefits?

    Every once in a while it's a good idea to make sure you're taking full advantage of your NCA member benefits! Your gateway to info about member benefits is the Member Center. Click here to log in, then click on the Resources tab on the left. In case Read more

    May 29, 2022

    9:20 AM

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    Four New NCA Vendor Members

    The NCA has welcomed four new Vendor Members since March! These companies are committed to serving the costuming industry and NCA member shops in particular, so please consider their products when you're making your purchasing decisions. The new memb Read more

    May 29, 2022

    9:44 AM

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    In the News: Late NCA Member John Schenz and His White House Eastern Bunnies

    Former NCA member Jim Miller recently shared with us this wonderful article about the Easter Bunnies at the White House and the vital role played by John Schenz, owner of Schenz Theatrical Costumes in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more

    Apr 22, 2022

    11:20 AM

  • From the Vaults: The Dirty Thirties

    A hearty welcome by the Mayor of the city was extended to the NCA when they held their convention in Cleveland, Ohio in 1937. Visits were made to the World Exposition and the administration of the event declared a special Costumers Day. C. Arthur Lan Read more

    Apr 20, 2022

    3:39 PM

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