These rules are for costumes worn around the convention. If you aren’t sure whether your costume or prop is acceptable, you may ask a staff member at any time!
A costume or prop is unacceptable if it does any of the following:
- Fails to comply with local laws.
- Leaves your feet bare.
- Has vulgar remarks or hate speech in any language.
- Has dangerous protrusions such as spikes or sharp edges.
- Is a costume that extends more than six inches from your body in any direction. (For example, if your costume has a tail, you may hold it next to your body, but not let it trail out behind you.)
- Is a prop that is longer than your height. If you are less than four feet tall, your props may be up to four feet long. Props that are too long may be carried in pieces and reassembled for pictures.
- Impedes the view of others during seated events.
- Has a tightly-strung bowstring.
- Has a laser pointer or similar capability.
- Has parts made of live steel. Live steel is defined an object crafted from metal that has a point or blade-like edge, whether blunt or sharp. Live steel purchased from vendors must stay boxed while in convention space.
- Is a gun-like prop without an orange tip. Gun-like props also must have their firing mechanisms disabled and have nothing loaded.
- Is a real firearm.
- Is being used or handled unsafely.
- Is determined by convention staff to be unsafe. The Department Head of our Incident Response Team can render final say on the acceptability of any costume or prop.
Handling of Unacceptable Costumes and Props
If you are found with an unacceptable prop, we will ask you to take it to your room. If you are unable or unwilling, or this is a repeat problem, we may ask to confiscate the problem prop. Confiscated props may be claimed from 2 to 6 on Sunday by visiting Convention Operations, after which they will be disposed. You must bring a government-issued photo ID to claim your prop.