These are the Cosplay Rules for May the 4th Be With You…on the 5th, Lightning 100 and Marathon Music Works. Thank you for your continued support and contribution to making this the best show ever.
EVENT FLOOR COSPLAY RULES
- All Entries must be able to take off mask and be recognizable for entry into Marathon Music Works. Must be identifiable at I.D. stations. Must keep on wristband if patron will be consuming alcohol.
- Cover your body parts. “No costume” is not a costume. “Paint” and/or “pasties” are not a costume, either. No intentional or unintentional “wardrobe malfunctions” allowed. Please make sure your costume is sturdily constructed; this includes proper undergarments. If your costume is deemed to be too revealing or offensive, you will be asked to cover up or change.
- Protective footwear is required. No barefoot characters allowed.
- All military, law enforcement and other emergency service costumes should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms.
- Roller blades, roller skates and skateboards will not be allowed in the Marathon Music Works.
- Stilts are not allowed.
- Please, no signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched. We want everyone to feel comfortable.
- Please do not bring items such as hot glue guns, scissors, needle and thread, etc.
No functional weapons are allowed in Marathon Music Works. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following guidelines:
- ALL costume weapons must be inspected at the Weapons Check area. Security will thoroughly inspect weapons of any kind to ensure that they are safe and inoperable.
- All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.
- All weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and must be constructed from safe, lightweight material. Approved materials are: rubber, plastic (PVC, worbla, etc.), foam, cardboard and papier-mâché. No metal or glass will be allowed into Marathon Music Works!
- All prop firearms must be incapable of firing projectiles. Projectiles or any type of ammunition are forbidden. BB guns, paintball guns, dart guns, blow guns and water guns and their accompanying ammunition will NOT be permitted.
- Nerf guns are allowed, but ammunition of any kind (foam or otherwise) is prohibited.
- Plastic air-soft guns are permitted with several requirements: No ammunition or projectiles of any kind will be allowed. Air-soft guns must be rendered completely inoperable beforehand, that is the gun shall not have any batteries installed, nor gas/propellant in the chamber and the chamber must be filled with wax or similar material. All air-soft guns must have a clearly visible orange tip on the barrel. All air-soft guns will be marked by security at weapons check and have their triggers zip-tied to ensure that the gun is incapable of firing.
- Metal weapons of any kind are forbidden, including hammers, scissors (including “safety scissors”), screwdrivers, saws, chains, nun-chucks, brass knuckles, shields, X-Men-style claws, handcuffs and the like. No “live steel” is allowed, such as metal swords, knifes or blades of any kind. If you have any of these types of weapons with your costume, please make sure they are made out of approved materials.
- Costume bows are allowed, insomuch as they are so loosely strung that they cannot shoot projectiles of any kind. Prop arrows are permitted, as long as they are not sharply tipped, cannot be fired, are made of approved materials and cannot conceivably hurt anyone.
- Costume swords/daggers made from approved materials are allowed, but may not have any sharp edges.
- No wooden or aluminum/metal bats are permitted. This includes baseball bats, cricket bats, clubs, paddles, golf clubs and similar objects. Bats made from approved materials are allowed.
- Staffs must be made out of plastic. No sharp ends on anything!
- Incendiary or flammable weapons are prohibited, including any items that are capable of igniting sparks or flames, burning, exploding or combusting.
- Do not display your weapons or props in a threatening or menacing manner. (For instance, it’s ok to pose for a picture, but cosplayers should not brandish weapons while walking the event floor.)
- All prop/costume weapons purchased at the event must be approved by May the 4th Be With You security if they are to be carried during the event. These items must also adhere to the weapons policy.
- Bags and backpacks are allowed, but are subject to a bag check at the discretion of Salt Lake Comic Con staff and security.
If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected and tagged or if you are unwilling to comply with these policies, please leave them at home. Failure to willingly comply with May the 4th Be With You’s official cosplay rules and weapons policy may result in ejection from the event (without a refund) and/or potential legal action, if necessary. ***All rules and regulations are subject to change. ***
Marathon Music Works and Lightning 100 reserves the right to inspect all costumes and weapons on an individual basis in order to ensure that the event remains completely safe and family-friendly. Those who violate these rules assume all responsibility in the event of injury.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR UNIQUE COSPLAY OR WEAPONS IDEA, PLEASE E-MAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org