Clothing and Costume Policies
Ohayocon invites you to wear costumes and your favorite anime gear around the con. Please observe the following policies regarding clothing and props. These rules apply to all attendees, whether or not you are wearing a costume.
General Clothing and Costume Policies
- The Ohayocon public safety department has jurisdiction over whether props and weapons are acceptable. We will tag approved items.
- If we declare an item unacceptable, you must remove it from the convention by storing it in your hotel room or vehicle.
- We can’t approve items before the event. We will only make a decision after inspecting the article in question.
Personal Interaction Policy
- Our Harassment Policy (opens in new tab) is incorporated here.
- You may not lead another person around with leashes, handcuffs, chains, ropes, or similar due to crowd control & the danger or choking or clotheslining yourself or others. Cosplayers may use items for photos (out of the flow of traffic) but must remove them when moving through the convention area.
- Do not bring or use noisemakers. This includes vuvuzela horns, cowbells, kazoos, etc.
- If you wish to take a photo, please ask cosplayer permission first.
- Do not block hallways or public areas while taking photos. If you are taking a photo, please move to one side of the hallway against a wall, or move to another area.
- Photography and video recording are not permitted in the video rooms, Dealer’s Room or Artist’s Alley.
Costume Coverage Policy
- Costumes must be street-legal and suitable for all audiences, as Ohayocon is an all-ages convention. Laws of public decency apply — if you would not wear it to the post office, do not wear it at the con.
- Your costume must cover, at minimum, as much as a modest bathing suit. Breasts, buttocks, and genitalia must be reasonably covered. If your costume calls for a thong, Speedo-cut, pasties or other below-minimum-coverage elements, please wear a bodysuit beneath it. Morphsuits or other skintight, unitard-type outfits require undergarments and should not be worn with nothing underneath. Genitalia and nipples must not be visible through the costume.
- No one will be permitted to be topless in the convention area due to hotel and convention center policy. Genitalia and/or nipples must not be visible through the costume. Liquid latex/ body paint do not a costume make. All “naughty bits” must be covered by actual clothing and you may use liquid latex/body paint as an enhancement.
- Appropriate footwear is required at all times in the hotel and convention area. If your costume calls for bare feet, you may wear flip-flops or ballet slippers, but the soles of your feet should not come in contact with the floor.
- Inline skates (i.e. Rollerblades), roller skates, Togo skates, sneaker skates (i.e. Heelys), and the like may not be worn or used in the convention area. Sneaker skates/Heelys, many only be worn in sneaker form.
- No fake blood that can smeared, squirted, dripped, sprayed or be otherwise transferred to another person or surface. This includes any type of dye, food coloring, or makeup.
- Body makeup that easily smears or transfers to any person or property cannot not be worn. Please properly seal and set all makeup so that does not happen. Staff reserves the right to spot test for proper setting of blood or makeup.
- You must have a clear line of sight, this includes peripheral vision. Being only able to see through a tiny eye slot does NOT constitute a clear line of sight. If this is unavoidable, cosplayer MUST have a handler at all times. Other cosplayer with masks or heads do not qualify as a handler. This rule does apply to attendees in fur suits as well, you require a handler with you at all times. This is due to the large crowds and tight confines of the hotel/convention center space and is for the safety of all.
- Ohayocon staff reserves the right to make final judgment calls on what is “decent”. If staff feels that your costume is indecent or inappropriate in any way, you will be asked to change or cover it.
ALL WEAPONS must be inspected and approved by Security prior to being carried or displayed in public areas. If you are found to be in violation of this policy, you will be asked to take it back to your hotel room or vehicle. If there are continued violations with the same prop, your weapon will be confiscated and you may be ejected from the convention.
Projectile weapons are limited to the following (*upon inspection by security):
- Water guns
- Cap guns
- Airsoft guns
- Replica firearms
The following projectile weapons are NOT permitted at Ohayocon:
- Dart guns
- BB guns
- Real firearms
Artificial and replica guns will be permitted, pending inspection by Security, only if they meet the following criteria:
- They have no clips or moving parts
- They have a non-removable orange safety tip
Metal props must not possess a sharp cutting edge or come to a point. Bladed replica weapons must be made of a non-sharp material, must be no more than 72 inches in length, and must be approved by Security.
Commercial weapon replicas purchased in the dealer room must remain peace-bonded/wrapped at all times, and must be taken directly to your hotel room or car after purchase. They may not be carried around the convention. If you are seen carrying a non-compliant weapon in convention areas, it will be confiscated and held by Security until the end of the convention.
Props & Accessories Policy
Props carried in public areas must be no more than 72 inches/6 feet in length. This is for the safety of all con goers, as well as to prevent damage to personal property. If your prop is larger than 72 inches/6 feet, please do not bring it into public areas. Props larger than 72” total must break down into pieces no larger than 72” while on the convention floor. You may assemble them for photos, if you are completely out of the flow of traffic and there is room to do so.
- If you are using an oversized prop for a special event, such as for purposes of demonstration in a panel, you may have the prop approved by Security for temporary use in those areas ONLY. The prop must be returned to your hotel room or car immediately when the event is over. If it is part of your Cosplay Expo entry, please alert the Cosplay staff and explain what the prop is and its use at check-in. The Cosplay staff will issue you a pass, however, you may not wander the convention floor with the prop. The pass will permit the transport of the prop to your judging appointment/hotel room/Cosplay Expo ONLY!
- Metal props may not be carried in public areas. This applies to any large props and weapons, as well as small hand props such as shuriken, fans, wrenches or other items. Metal is permitted on the costume itself, provided it extends no more than 2 inches from the body in any direction, is in no way sharp, and does not present a safety hazard, as determined by convention staff.
- Use caution when carrying or displaying large props. If you are seen wielding a large prop in a reckless or dangerous manner, your prop may be confiscated.
- If convention staff feel that your prop poses a risk to others, you will be asked to remove the item from public areas, or it may be confiscated.
- No adult-themed props/paraphernalia are permitted.
- Inflammable materials such as candles, fireworks, sparklers, liquid fuels or other fire hazards are strictly prohibited. Small personal smoking paraphernalia (cigarettes, lighter, etc.) may be carried, but may not be used in public convention areas.
- Your costume should not shed. Please avoid loose materials such as sand, glitter, confetti, flower petals or other items that are designed to fall, scatter or otherwise separate from your costume.
- Signs are not permitted unless they are an intrinsic part of your character’s costume. Personal message signs, fandom signs (such as “Will Glomp For Pocky,” “Free Hugs”, etc.) and similar non-cosplay-specific signs are prohibited.
- Clothing that displays messages deemed to be inappropriate or offensive to others (including, but not limited to, explicit language, sexually suggestive or racially offensive material) will not be permitted. Convention staff reserve the right to ask attendees to change or cover offensive clothing. Failure to comply will result in your badge being confiscated.