Costume & Weapon/Prop Checks

Exempt Items
Any and all items purchasable at the event, including, but not limited to, foam & plastic replica tools/weapons (i.e. swords, pickaxes, bows/arrows, potion bottles)

Per show, we reserve the right to deem certain items exempt from checks. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to the show at 

Criteria Details

Attendee must be able to freely move without physical or visual impairment
Costumes CANNOT realistically depict American law enforcement, military, emergency personnel, or government officials. Costumes stylized in this manner are subject to review.
Attendees CANNOT have bare feet in the convention area.
Costumes CANNOT use wheels unless for mobility-aiding reasons (i.e. wheelchairs for ADA guests)
Stilts and other height-enhancing aids will be subject to review and may be prohibited in certain areas of the convention

Absolutely no functioning weapons, including but not limited to:
   -Guns/rifles - real, replica, BB/paintball, or non-conforming props
    (some exceptions apply - see III & IV for details)
   -Bladed weapons or sharp implements made out of steel/metal or any other hard material
   (except for the hilt - see V for details)
   -Potentially dangerous tools such as sledgehammers, saws, bolt cutters, metal shovels, etc. 
   -Fully strung, functional bows (see VI for details)
   -Any form of functional ammunition (bullets, arrows with metal or sharp tips, BB’s/paintballs, etc.)
   -Potentially dangerous items such as metal chains, flamma**
   -Anything that violates The Big Five - see for details

Weapons or props may not be over eight (8) feet of length or over fifteen (15) pounds in weight.

All prop guns or rifles must conform to 15 CFR § 272, specified in Section 3 as one of the following:
   -A blaze orange (Fed-Std-595B 12199) or brighter solid plug permanently affixed to the muzzle end of the barrel recessed no more than 6                    millimeters from the muzzle end of the barrel.
   -A blaze orange or brighter marking permanently affixed to the exterior surface of the barrel, covering the circumference of the barrel from the            muzzle end for a depth of at least 6 mm.
   -Construction of the device entirely of transparent or translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of the device's complete               contents.
   -Coloration of the entire exterior surface of the device in white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or             bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern.

For airsoft or other prop projectile weapons, the following must be met:
   -The weapon CANNOT be made from metal
   -All clips or devices used to store ammunition or compressed air are removed from the weapon and stored offsite from the convention area (i.e. at      home, in a car)
   -The weapon must conform to Federal laws on coloration and demarcation (see III)
   -The weapon’s firing mechanism can be rendered disabled (i.e. Peace Bonding trigger/safety)
   -NO functional ammunition can be brought with the weapon; “fake”/decorative ammunition subject to review (i.e. plastic bullets in bandolier)

For bladed weapons, the following must be met:
   -The blade CANNOT be constructed from steel/metal, hard resign, ceramic, or any other potentially penetrative/damaging material*
     *Exception: The hilt/handle area may contain these materials so long as it is not deemed unsafe
   -The blade CANNOT have sharp or pointed surfaces, including the hilt/handle areas*
     *Exception: The blade can be sheathed and peace-bonded shut - see Image I
   -For bows and arrows, the following must be met:
   -The bow must be unstrung or stung at a tension low enough to not fire ammunition 
   -Any arrows must have blunted, non-metal tips; arrows without tips will be reviewed

Any item not covered in the above criteria that poses danger to attendees or to event operations (determined by Event Staff).

Any weapon that falls within acceptable criteria but is found to be used in an unsafe manner (determined by Event Staff).