MisCon 28 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. The entry form is available online. The cutoff for registration is Noon on Saturday during the convention. No late entries will be accepted. 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 Pageant Prize Categories:
- Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
- (Awards are $30, $25, and $20 Cthulhu Cash respectively)
- Youth (age 13 and under)
- ($20 Cthulhu Cash)
- Best of MisCon Theme
- ($20 Cthulhu Cash - and yes, you can win 1st place and best theme!)
Rules (you know, stuff you have to do):
- Be on time. This includes the Costume Pageant itself and the mandatory Dress Rehearsal (check the costume programming schedule for time and location).
- No name tags on your costume (unless you are dressed as a rabid Sci-fi fan).
- This is a family event in a public place. Keep it PG-13. No nudity and sorry, we won't be able to turn the lights off for special effects.
- Absolutely NO fire, explosives or other hazardous effects, period. If you have a question about an effect or prop, check it out with the Costume Director.
- Live weapons MUST be peace-bonded and may not be drawn without permission from the Costume Director.
- Have a routine. This is in addition to the announcement you are having the MC read for you. (This is part of your score, folks!)
- We ask that there be NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY during the actual Pageant. There will be an opportunity to take pictures during the intermission period of the show.
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 Pageant, 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 sell it!
- 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.