Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Halloween & Party Expo?

The Halloween & Party Expo is the international gathering place for the Halloween, Party & Fantasy Costume Industry, showcasing the latest products, services and technologies. It is THE number one show and the FIRST and ONLY show of the year where you will find all the exhibitors you need to see under one roof.

What are the show dates?

2016: January 22 - 25

What are the show hours?

Sample schedule from previous years (subject to change):
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What is the location of the show?

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. No one under the age of 18 is allowed on the show floor at any time.

*A limited number of exceptions may be made in cases submitted prior to show opening and evaluated by Show Management.

What if I registered for a previous year - do I have to register again for the next year?

We do require every company to register again each year. However, if you provided documentation the first year you registered, then you will not need to resubmit your documentation unless your business has changed names.

What if I am an international buyer and cannot provide the necessary documenation?

*Company Registration Certificate (Intl)
*VAT Registration Certificate (Intl)
We ask that if you are an international buyer you provide at least one form of documentation for verification that you are in the industry. The Expo understands that documentation varies from country to country, and therefore, we accept a variety of available documents. If you have further questions, please email

Who attends?

Halloween, Costume, Party and other related industry professionals from around the world.

What does it cost to attend?

There is no cost to attend if you pre-register. For those who register prior to November 30, your badges will be mailed if you live domestically. Otherwise, all badges can be picked up on site. If you do not pre-register, the cost is $25 per badge on site, so register early! Any substitutions on site will also cost $25 each.

What will I see?

The exhibits at Halloween & Party Expo are grouped into product concentration areas, designed to create a synergy between the Halloween, Costume and Party exhibit areas and allow visitors to easily locate the products or companies they wish to visit. Enjoy many networking opportunities and take advantage of the informative education sessions and demos.

Are there education sessions or demos offered?

The Halloween & Party Expo provides education and demo sessions. Everyone is welcome to attend, and there is no cost to attend these seminars. Seminars run about 45 minutes.

What organizations support the Expo?

The Expo is endorsed by National Costumers Association and Halloween Industry Association, as well as Party Club of America and The Balloon Council who conduct their annual meetings in conjunction with the show. The Halloween & Party Expo and Party & Paper Retailer will combine their two social events in 2015 for an industry super-gala, and Rubie's Annual Halloween Bash also occurs regularly during the show dates.

How do I get from my hotel to the show?

Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided between the Expo hotels and the convention center. Hotels within a close proximity (short walking distance) from the convention center may be excluded from shuttle service.

Still have a question?

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