Masquerade Competition
Image courtesy Diane Shreve.
Image courtesy Diane Shreve.

–All participants must have a LepreCon 42 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention badge.
–All participants must read and agree to follow all rules of the Masquerade Competition.
–All costumes from all speculative fiction genres and all media are acceptable
–Reference pictures will be required. This includes screen captures, photos, posters, comics, or any other official medium that reveals the character’s full costume. The pictures should reveal different views of the character (i.e. front, back, sides). Do not assume judges know your costume or character!
–All costumes must be made by the wearer or a fellow fan featuring original construction or significantly modified store-bought elements.
–Competing costumes cannot be worn at LepreCon prior to the Masquerade Competition.
–Awards include Best of Show and Fan Favorite.

LepreCon strives to present a Masquerade Competition that can be fully enjoyed by both contestants and audience members. As such, the number one rule, whether you are watching or participating, is to have fun. The Masquerade Competition is not just a fashion show or costume contest but about creativity and celebrating characters, their humor and drama, and the art of costuming.

Contestants have the choice to do a walk-on or a skit:
–Walk-on – Quick presentation consisting of a few poses intended to show off a costume. Up to 30 seconds.


–Skit – characters interacting with each other or the audience and acting out a scene. Duration up to 90 seconds.
A group skit can last up to 180 seconds.


-Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity; et cetera. This includes messages on signs or clothes.
-Be clever, not crass! If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.
-No using stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to your entry.
-No excessive violence.
-No sexual activity or contact—real or implied.
-No nudity—no costume is no costume
-If you need to throw something during your presentation clear it with the Masquerade Competition Coordinator.
-No fire, smoke, flashpots, explosive devices, messy substances, lasers, pressurized gases, or liquids.
-All prop weapons must be peace bonded and approved.
-All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times
-You may surprise the audience, but NEVER SURPRISE THE STAGE CREW.
-By registering for the Masquerade Competition, all participants agree to allow LepreCon to use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and videographs.

Any questions?  Please contact our Masquerade Competition Coordinator

Masquerade Registration

Sign up page for the Masquerade
  • Please describe who you are masquerading as and from what that character is from. Do not assume the Judges know who your character is.
  • Drop files here or
    Make sure to load 3 different views of your Masquerade Character. Please show front, back and side.
    Walk on and pose for 30 seconds, 90 second skit, or a group 180 second skit?
    I have read and understand the rules and regulations for the Masquerade.

LepreCon 42 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention Masquerade Competition