MisCon 25 Costume Pageant
The Costume Pageant will be on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is urged to come and participate and to cheer their favorite costume entries. Entry forms can be downloaded from the link on the right side of this page. Entry forms are also available at the Costume Department table next to the Registration tables until 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Please have them turned in by 6:00 p.m. Saturday. No late entries will be accepted. Poetic license will be freely taken if they aren't legible; in self-defense, make sure the announcer can read what you want said. Presentations should be limited to 90 seconds. Winners will be announced immediately following the Pageant. Awards and Prizes will be handed out at that time and you must be present to win.
Costume Contest Prize Categories:
- Youth (age 13 and under)
- Best of MisCon Theme
- Best of Show
- Judge's Special Award
Rules (you know, stuff you have to do):
- Please be on time. If there is a change from the time listed on the entry form it will be posted at the Costume Department table.
- No name tags on your costume (unless you are dressed as a rabid SciFi fan)
- This is a family event in a public place. Keep it PG-13 (no nudity).
- Absolutely NO fire, explosives or other hazardous effects, period. If you have a question about an effect or prop, check it out with Security.
- We ask that there be NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY during the actual contest. There will be an opportunity to take pictures during the intermission period of the show.
- Live weapons MUST be peace-bonded and may not be drawn without prior permission from the Security and Costume department staff.
Suggestions (stuff you don't have to do that makes a difference):
- Stay in character. How you present yourself is as important as the hours spent developing your costume.
- Practice before the contest, especially if you use music or other props. If you wear glasses, and aren't Harry Potter, spotters at the stage will be happy to hold them for you, and help you on and off.
- When you first come onto the stage area, show the judges your costume, not just the audience and be prepared to describe your character and anything special about your costume to the judges.
- Don't forget your shoes. Elves do not generally wear Nikes and Galadriel didn't even own cowboy boots. A great costume can be ruined by a lack of attention to details.
- A repair kit is handy. You might have to wait longer than anticipated, and bits and pieces have a tendency to go south. Again, the spotters will be glad to hold it for you during your presentation.
- Just because it's black, doesn't make it a costume.
- Keep telling yourself, “This is FUN!” — it is.
MisCon 25 Hall Costume Contest
Got stage fright? Do you like to dress up for the Con but don't like to enter the Costume Contest? Do you look just like your favorite media or game character, at least in the right light? Want to win money? Then this is the contest for you! Come costumed for the con, stop by the Costume Department table next to the Registration & get your picture taken for the Hall Costume Contest. Your picture will be posted for Con-goers to vote on by cash votes. Convention goers shamelessly buy votes for their favorite costume by donating cash. The costume that generates the most votes, i.e. the most cash, wins half of the proceeds and the other half goes into MisCon coffers to help promote fun happenings like this.
The rules are few and simple:
- You must wear your Con badge with your character's name on it.
- One photo will be taken for each costume entry person.
- No nudity allowed - no costume is no costume
- No dangerous or potentially dangerous props or special effects will be allowed.
- Any live steel weapons MUST be peace bonded and weapons shall not be drawn or brandished in the halls.
- You may not enter the same costume in both the Hall costume contest and the Costume Pageant.
- This is a Hall Costume contest. That means it should be one you can wear while moving around the Con without losing bits and pieces or putting someone's eye out. Bulky or cumbersome costumes should be reserved for the Costume Pageant.
- Costumes will be judged solely on visual presentation. There are no requirements as to what hours costume must be worn or displayed. For maximum exposure, it is recommended that costumes be shown as often as possible. Remember that votes are donated by Con-goers and depends on as many people as possible seeing you and voting for you.