Cosplay Rules
  • All weapons and props must be taken to Cosplay HQ to be checked over by either our Cosplay Officers or appropriate staff.
    • If they pass the check you will be issued with a clear label/tag to show it has been checked and is con safe.
    • Weapons or props which do not have a visible tag will be taken to be checked and if not they could be confiscated for the duration of the convention.
  • Any weapon or prop must not be longer than 2 metres.
    • It is acceptable for them to be longer only if they are collapsible or foldable in some way, and are collapsed/folded away when cosplayers aren’t having photographs taken, however this is something which would need to be discussed with a staff member of Cosplay HQ.
  • Any weapon or prop that uses wood must only use soft woods, such as MDF.
    • Hard or heavy material will not be accepted, especially if the weapon or prop can be swung around. Safer options include foam, cardboard or paper-maché.
    • All edges must be rounded off to avoid damage.
  • Rollerskates (inc. Heelies), skateboards, hoverboards, bicycles or go karts are not permitted for use anywhere throughout the con.
  • All weapons must be holstered/sheathed when not being used for posing in cosplay for photography, etc.
  • Airsoft guns are not allowed under any circumstances. They are heavy and have caused problems in the past.
  • Any realistic looking gun must have a red tip. Red tape will be available in Cosplay HQ and will be applied to gun tips if needed when checked.
  • Nerf guns are acceptable as long as they adhere to the size rules and have no ammo loaded inside.
  • 3D printed weapons and props are allowed providing they do not have any metal or carbon fibre supports running through them.
  • Hand-made bows and arrows/crossbows are allowed, but the bow/crossbow must be light and stay within the previous rules stated above.
    • Any arrows must be fixed safely in their quiver and cannot be strung or fired.
    • Any bows or crossbows that are functional (i.e they can be purchased for the purpose of firing) are not allowed under any circumstances.
  • Any weapons which do not meet these rules but are intended to be used in the Masquerade only are allowed but must be stored away safely in your room or vehicle until the Masquerade rehearsal.
    • Following the Masquerade, they must either be returned to your room/vehicle or turned in at Cosplay HQ.
    • Any props not collected from Cosplay HQ by 2pm on Sunday will be disposed of.
    • All props that fall under this category are still subject to the same checks as props allowed on the convention floor, and you should discuss these requirements with a staff member at Cosplay HQ as soon as possible.
  • Kitacon Staff reserve the right to confiscate any item they deem a risk to the attendees. Failure to comply with this request will result in expulsion from the event and security being asked to intervene.

If there are any unique circumstances or questions not covered here, contact cosplay@kitacon.org and we’ll respond as soon as possible.