Thursday, February 12, 2015

Halloween & Party Expo 2015

Just got back from the Halloween & Party Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana!  Wow!  That was FUN!  It's taking me a few days to recover, but it was well worth it.  My family turned this working convention into a week long vacation in the Big Easy.  It was just what I needed to get myself out of the rut of everyday life and get my creative juices flowing again.

On the retail front, get ready for another round of movie and media driven costumes for next Halloween. 

Did you fail to find an adult sized Elsa costume last year?  Never fear!  There will be a plethora of  Frozen Princess knock off costumes for 2015.  I never believed there could be so many variations on that one theme.  You'll be buried in an avalanche of sparkling aqua snowflakes.  Beauty and the Beast, Chattanooga will most likely be carrying the Fun World, Inc. Ice Queen in the $40 range for standard size and about $45 in plus.  The other good possibility is the Princess Krystal from Forum Novelties which will be closer to $50.  I believe either style is a better choice than the Disney brand one which premiered last year in the $60 range but was poorly made and to short.  At the time of this writing, the poorly received costume from Disguise is already on some discount sites for about $35.

Looks like American Horror Story has sparked a fresh interest in scary clowns.   While these never really left, the trend is moving away from the brightly colored "Killer Clowns from Outerspace" and toward the black and white variety.   Fans of "It" don't have to worry because Pennywise  looks like he's going to be strong for years to come.

My personal favorite is the new Annebelle costume with mask and wig from Rubies!  It comes in standard and extra large adult sizes.... but you'll just have to wait to see it! 

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