1. No messy, wet or icky substances that will make life difficult for the other contestants.
2. No flagrant nudity. “No costume is no costume”. This masquerade is rated PG-13 and there will be children in the audience.
3. Presentations are limited to 60 seconds for 1-3 people, 90 seconds for 4 or more people in an entry, unless otherwise arranged before Saturday at 3pm with the Masquerade Director.
4. No dangerous or potentially dangerous props will be allowed. No sword fighting, projectile weapons, real firearms, pyrotechnics or live flame of any kind. If your costume requires a bow, it must be unstrung when you are not on stage. No pointing of laser pens at the audience, MC or tech crew. If you are unsure about your props or presentation please ask the Masquerade Director.
5. The Weapons Policy of the convention must be followed. Please transport your weapons to and from the masquerade in a bag or closed container if they do not conform to the convention weapons policy. While weapons will be allowed on stage, they must be sheathed before leaving the stage.
6. No purchased or rented costumes. These may be shown out-of-competition.
7. Costumes with electric power requirements must be self-contained. Connections to electrical outlets will not be available.
8. No live creatures, other than human, will be allowed backstage or on stage. If your costume requires fauna such as snakes, ferrets, etc, they must be stuffed or simulated. An exception to this rule will be made for seeing-eye dogs, if the contestant requires this type of assistance.
9. Surprise the audience, but not the Masquerade Director. If you are planning something particularly “unique” please let us know in advance.
10. There will not be any microphones for the contestants. If you wish something special to be read by the MC please fill out the appropriate area on the Masquerade Registration Form. Alternatively, it may be recorded on a cassette tape or CD. This recording maybe used for background music or a voice-over. Please turn in your pre-cued tape or CD with your Masquerade Registration Form. Make sure you label the tape/CD with your name, costume title, and the correct side to be played.
11. When exiting the stage, please do not approach the judges.
12. The judges may choose not to give out a Best of Division Award, or may not give out any awards in a division if they do not feel any
costumes entered in that division are deserving of an award. The decisions of the judges are final.
13. The Masquerade Directors reserve the option to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants, or for any other reason deemed sufficient.
14. Each contestant may appear on stage only once in the competition. A Contestant may have more than one costume entered, but they have to be on different bodies.
15. WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE ASK THE MASQUERADE STAFF, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!