Winter Con presents the LARGEST Costume Contest in the area! The Masquerade Cosplay Contest is a craftsmanship award show, with a pre-judging session and a catwalk display. Last year we had a great number of beautiful costumes be a part of our contest! We cant wait to see what will come this year!

This year's contest will be hosted by Spat of "SpatCave Studios".  He's a professional costume, and prop maker and FX Makeup Artist.  You can check out his work at

Prizes to be announced soon!

1. Contest Format

1.1Contestants must pre-register for the contest by 5pm on Saturday December 3rd at the Cosplay Repair Station located to the right of the main stage. Please check-in with the Cosplay Coordinator in person at the Cosplay Repair Station so we can be sure you are still participating! If you do not check in, your spot may be given to someone else.

1.2 On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 all contestants must arrive in the Main Events Area approximately 40 minutes before the start of the contest for instructions.

1.3 The Cosplay Contest will last approximately 60 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for judges’ deliberations and award presentation. After the judges have finished deliberating, the winners will be announced. Contestants must be on site to accept awards.

1.4 Winners in the Costume Contest will be selected for the following categories:

Costume Contest
Best Costume
Runner Up Costume
Best Novice Costume
Fans Choice

2. Rules and Regulations

2.1 Costumes and props must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what Winter Con celebrates – Sci-Fi, Anime, Comics, Video Games, and Pop Culture. Costumes and props should adhere to general Wintercon Rules and Regulations including the Weapons and Props Policy. Questions may be answered, and exceptions may be made, by the Cosplay Coordinator or Head of Safety depending on circumstance.

2.2 Permission is granted to Winter Con to use any photographs/video taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings.

2.3 Costume Contest

2.3.1 Contestants will be given a number and will line up in numerical order during intercession. During the contest the MC will introduce the contestant, and the contestant will walk on to the stage

2.3.2 Contestant will proceed to 3 marker pose points and will pose for 5-10 seconds at each points. They will then leave the stage and line up back in order. At the end of the category all contestants will proceed back to the stage for judging.

2.3.3 Contestants are judged solely on the impression of their costumes and stage presence. Costumes do not have to be handmade by contestants to compete. 

2015 Costume Contest Images

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Save The Date!

Saturday & Sunday

December 3rd & 4th 2016




Saturday 10:30am-8:00pm

Sunday 10:30am-5:00pm



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