The Do’s, Don’ts and FAQs of Costuming at MN Fan Fest

Costuming and cosplay are a huge part of why people come to a Fan Fest or comic convention. We love the creativity and uniqueness that each cosplayer brings to our events. In an effort to make the most of your experience at Minnesota Fan Fest, we have answered some of the most asked questions about our show. We can’t wait to see you August 19-20 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

I’ve heard a lot about your “modesty policy”. What does this mean?
Minnesota Fan Fest is a family event. If the staff feels your costume is too revealing, lewd, or inappropriate, you may be asked to change. Costumes must adhere to Minnesota State law MN617-292.

My costume includes a helmet, mask, prosthetic, wig, face paint and/or goggles that are not easily removed once they’re on. Are we good?
Go ahead and spirit gum to your heart’s content. We encourage the creativity and uniqueness these accessories add to your cosplay! If your costume includes an eyeless hood or other face covering that severely limits your ability to walk and chew gum at the same time, for your own safety and the safety of others, consider bringing a friend to help you navigate your way around.

Remember! Law enforcement can ask for your valid ID should the need arise, so make sure you find a nook or cranny in your costume to store it where it’s easily accessible.

What about body paint?
Body paint is allowed as part of a costume, but not as a costume. Just body paint is basically nudity and is not a costume.

While we’re on the subject, sheer or see-through clothing is also basically nudity. Wear appropriate undergarments and/or a dance belt under your costume. It’s okay to be a bit “cheeky”, but no full montys.

Baby got Back! My costume doesn’t cover my whole booty. Can I still wear it?
The short answer is, yes! The longer answer is still yes, as long as it is within state law guidelines.

Cleavage, chest enhancing padding, a little booty showing, are common with costumes and cosplaying. Exercise caution and moderation, but go ahead and show us what you’ve got. In the words of Coach Calhoun, “Let’s keep it clean people. Let’s try to keep it clean.”

My cosplay character is better without shoes. Do I need them?
The convention center requires wearing shoes. You may remove your shoes for photos if desired, but they must be replaced directly after the photo is taken.

That’s how I roll! Can I have roller skates, blades, skateboard, or hoverboard?
While it may be faster to get around on wheels, for the safety of all our attendees, you have to leave the wheels at home. Roller Skates/Blades, skateboards, hoverboards, etc. may not be used in convention space.

My costume, props, and/or hairpiece is larger than normal (oversized). Is that allowed?

  • Again, the short answer is yes! Paul Bunyan couldn’t use a 6’ staff, and neither can you. Props need to clear the doorways and ceilings without being dragged behind you.
  • If your costume has pieces that extend from it (wings, spikes, armor, etc.), your costume extends well beyond your person, or you are carrying a large prop, please be aware of your surroundings and the people around you for their safety, especially the little ones.
  • If your costume or prop is unwieldy, difficult to carry, or dangerous to other con-goers, you may be asked to change your costume or remove your prop from convention space.
  • Please do not block doorways, walkways, or exits with your costume, props, or costume pieces. It’s a Fire Marshall no-no.

I’ve heard we can’t bring props to MN Fan Fest. Is this true?
Not at all. We have a whole host of approved props to enhance your cosplay/costuming at Fan Fest. In fact, most props are allowed. MN Fan Fest does not allow real weapons of any kind or replica firearms. For a complete list of allowed props, please see the Prop Policy section of the Convention Policies page.

 

Above all, we want you to come and fully experience what Fan Fest has to offer this year and help us build Fan Fest into what it can become in the years to follow. We want you to be a big part of what we do. Welcome to Minnesota Fan Fest! We’re so glad to have you.

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