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Halloween & Costume Association launches new awards

The first annual Spooky Awards will be an industry celebration of innovation, creativity and all things Halloween.

Open to Halloween product manufacturers, HCA members and non-members alike, entries are welcomed for products launched in the last year, or set to be launched ‘in the next ten moons‘. While prototypes are welcome, ‘prior incarnations haunting the market do not qualify’.

Entrants need to complete the official entry form by 1 July, 2024. Members get their first submission free, with subsequent entries costing $50 each, while non-members can take part for $100 per entry. The submission fee is non-refundable.

Each entry will be judged by a panel of industry representatives, and will be evaluated against a range of criteria, including innovation, marketability, trendsetting potential, appeal and usefulness.

The judging panel will make their decisions on finalists, who will be announced on or around 1 October, 2024. Finalists will receive an official HCA Industry Awards logo. Winners will be revealed during the Halloween & Party Expo in January in Las Vegas.

Product categories are:

Accessories (wigs, shoes, hats, etc.)

Costume Category:

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Licensed
  • Most Unique
  • Non-Character (Non-Human, Inanimate Object)
  • Scary/Horror

Décor (electronic, inflatable, lawn, etc.)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Best application of environmental social governance)

Makeup Category:

  • Character
  • 3D
  • Scary/Horror


Most Innovative (Open to all categories)



For more information email or call 856.380.6942.

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