Cosplay Rules and Code of Conduct
Costumes and outfits are a popular part of conventions and related events. We welcome cosplay at the Washington State Summer Con but have a few rules to help make it fun and safe for everyone. Before starting work on your cosplay, or bringing an existing one, please be aware of the Summer Con guidelines.
Naked is naked, and is not considered a costume.
The Washington State Summer Con is a family friendly event, so please keep this in mind when choosing costumes and avoid costumes which are vulgar, graphic, offensive, and/or sexually inappropriate. Staff reserves the right to deem a costume unacceptable and to request appropriate modifications. Remember, what is “acceptable” to you may, or may not, be acceptable to others. We intend to allow people to have fun but not to make anything awkward or potentially dangerous.
Costumes with heavy makeup are allowed, but must be sprayed down with makeup fixative to prevent rubbing off and staining of others costumes and causing damage to venue property.
We will have a Cosplay Medic Facility where you can receive free “medical attention” for your cosplay outfit. This is not for major repair but to assist with minor repairs and a safe and easy environment to work in. We also have experienced cosplay staff at this station to assist you as well as roaming Cosplay Medics to assist with quick, on location repairs that are minor enough to be repaired on the show floor.
Masks or costumes covering most or part of the face are not allowed to be worn while entering or exiting the event entry points, or anywhere that money is changing hands (for example, event registration, while making transactions at a vendor’s booth, food vendors, or other locations as indicated). They are able to be worn in all other convention exclusive spaces.
Props and Weapons
A prop is any item that is for display or part of a costume, carried or worn by an individual.
No members will be permitted to carry any kind of functional projectile weapon. This includes individuals who possess a weapons permit or concealed weapons permit. They are not allowed on the fairgrounds. Keep them at home. Anyone found in possession of such a weapon will immediately be removed from the convention. Individuals caught in the illegal possession of a functioning projectile weapon will be reported and turned over to the proper authorities.
All other items that could be used as a weapon will be checked upon entrance to the event. Harmless props, such as teddy bears, will be waved through. Any other prop deemed safe by the staff may utilized during the event. We will be using a peace-tie on props. While we understand that they deter from the costume a little we must provide a safe environment for all attendees. These ties also show law enforcement and other authorities that these are props and not live weapons. This is for your safety and the safety of others. Any prop not deemed safe will be retained by the event staff at the time of check-in and returned upon departure of the individual(s). You will be given a ticket to match to pick up your item when you leave.
Entrance into the event is an agreement that you promise to carry your prop safely. This means you will not brandish any prop weapon, engage in any mock fighting, or use your prop in any way which could be seen as unsafe. You will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the requirements of safe-carry. Any violation will have the item removed and secured. You will be able to get it back upon departure. Again, safety is paramount.
Peace-bonding will be conducted at the Peace-bonding table next to the entrance gate. Complete this action before wandering through or around the Event Space, or you may be required to leave. If you purchased your item at the convention, peace-bonding is required as soon as possible.
All bladed items must be kept in their sheaths at all times in the Event Space. Weapons should never be waved around in a manner that may be construed as use of the weapon (this is considered brandishing).
Brandishing a weapon in the Event Space, or in nearby spaces such as other public areas or parking lots, may result in immediate removal from the convention. Keep in mind, police will assume all drawn weapons are functional, and will act accordingly. If you are unsure whether your weapon is acceptable in the Event Space, please ask at the Toy and Geek Festival check-in or at the Info Booth.
Exotic weapons will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Do not bring weapons that Police or Summer Con staff cannot tell are fake from ten feet away.
Certain props are not allowed within the Event Space. These include, but are not limited to:
- Functional Airsoft or projectile weapons
- Live (sharp enough to cut) steel
- Props wide enough or long enough to inhibit flow of traffic (our aisles are 10 feet wide. There must be room for attendees to use these aisles in both directions. Please limit costumes/props to no wider than 4 feet. Wings that expand must be less than 4 feet when closed and walking through aisles. You may expand them in open areas and on the Cosplay Stage.
- Replica weapons that do not comply with state or federal law
- Props which impede personal or public safety
For an Airsoft, Nerf gun, or other projectile weapon to be considered non-functional. the prop in question must be rendered inoperable. The prop in question cannot be returned to working order.