The Fantasy Forest Community Costume Show


Honouring and welcoming all ability levels of ranging from Cosplay, Steampunk, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Medieval, Gothic, Pirates and more! This is a great place to get started in the costume world or simply attend to show off your creation! The Community Costume Show will carry a series of categories the judges may choose to award you with.


Additional awards may be included at the judges discretion


How can I enter?
You can take part by using the signup form. You will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need, but we do ask that if your performance requirements are complex to visit us nice and early to check these through. Please arrive at least half an hour before the competition is due to begin.


The Fantasy Forest Community Costume Show will be taking place in the Great Hall at 3pm on Sunday 20th July.

Fantasy Forest Costume Show Prizes

1st Place 



One pair of weekend tickets to Fantasy Forest 2020

Fantasy Forest T-shirt

Fantasy Forest mug

Honour Mention


One pair of weekend tickets to Fantasy Forest 2020

Fantasy Forest T-shirt

Fantasy Forest mug

Additional Honour Mentions at the judges discretion

May include but not limited to:

Best Performance
Phantasmagorical Costume
Best Craftsmanship

Selection of Sponsor goodies


    1. If you are under the age of 16 we may need to seek parental consent to award you a prize directly, we may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event.
    2. Any size group may enter the masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
    3. If the winner of the competition is a group, there will be one trophy only.
    4. No cash or alternative prize will be awarded in replacement of items such as (but not limited to) trophy, items, certificates, sponsor prizes etc

Who is eligible to enter?

  1. All types of costume designs, including entirely brought are welcome. If your design is an original character or creation such as LARP or original design, it is recommended that you include some information on the application form to explain your character, creation or genre (e.g steampunk).
  2. A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 60% your own work. An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components which are altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and performance categories.
  3. Direct costumes from any genre eg. cartoon, TV show, movie, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, movie or jrock/jpop artist are welcome.

*All entrants must comply with the Costume Show General Ruleset and Props Rules.

How will the competition be judged?

Judges also have the ability to award special honour mentions for something they love, they are used to encourage you to think outside the box and have fun!


Character Concept

This category is judged based on execution of your costume/character concept and a clear display of choices. Be it accuracy to a character, a presentation of genre, culture or concept. (e.g Steampunk or LARP character clearly defined).


the quality of design, skill, technique and/or workmanship shown in all elements ranging from costume, props, accessories, makeup and any other handmade, altered or adjusted element.


Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

General Rules


The Costume Part:


  1. All applications will be checked over by the Costume Team, this will not influence any judges decisions and you will be notified for competition conformation.
  2. Any size group may enter the Masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
  3. The competition is open for all ages, but if you are under the age of 13 please make sure to get parental consent. If you are under the age of 16 we may need to seek parental consent to award you a prize directly, we may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event.


The Performance Part:


  1. Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length. Please state the length of your skit time on your application form.
  2. Music, pre-made track and/or microphone may be used during your performance.
  3. The following elements may be included within your performance – sound and microphone use.
  4. We highly advise you to visit the costume desk before the event is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk, your requirements for your performance may be refused.
  5. Performance details and requirements should be written on your application form. Any requirements and/or skilled performances need to be reviewed within good time before the show. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to begin.

General Rules;

  1. Your costume must be appropriate for a family friendly show and include enough body coverage to be worn in public.
  2. All entrants must have a spare copy of their music track on USB/CD. If you cannot provide music, generic music can be provided for you.
  3. Under the grounds of fairness, those that have gained free entry to the show via a pass such as an exhibitor, crew or invited as a professional maker of costumes, are not eligible to place within the costume contests.
  4. Costumes entered that were used in the Costume Show who also wish to enter the community Show may be put on a waiting list for the Community if we are getting full. We will let you know in the unlikely event this may happen and will give as much notice as possible should you get a space.
  5. Under the grounds of fairness, if you have placed within the Costume Show please be aware that you will not be able to place top three a second time within the community Show.
  6. By entering the competition, you agree to be filmed and photographed during the event, all rights of this belong to the event organizers and/or Costume and Play.
  7. Costume and Play and any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  8. Costume and Play and any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to change or revise these rulesets at any time.
  9. Use or performance of the following will be immediately stopped and you may be disqualified from the competition or convention floor:
    • Excessive/inappropriate language such as swearing, political or religious statement or signage.
    • Committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others.
  10. Rulesets and materials are provided for use to the event at the discretion of Costume and Play and cannot be copied or altered without prior permission from Costume and Play.


The judge’s decisions are final once made.

Props and Costume Rules

Weapons and props must be approved by security staff before being allowed into the convention. This may include checks which will be carried out by the Costume team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.


The general rule is;

If you were hit with the prop, would it break before you do?’

If your answer is ‘no’ then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case, we would recommend you leave it at home just so you are not disappointed.


When outside of the convention hall, please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered. Take extra precaution when travelling through high traffic areas such as the airport and railway stations, so as not to cause alarm or issue to others.

  1. Live weapons (deactivated guns, Airsoft, metal knives, swords, axes, live bows or slingshots, bokken, hanbo) are expressly prohibited, whether sheathed or peace bonded.
  2. No pyrotechnics, gas canisters, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items.
  3. No sharp points, protruding points or sharp edges, make sure they’re sanded, rounded, padded, covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  4. Props made out of wood cannot be too heavy, large or unwieldy (I.E. nay hurt or inconvenience others.)
  5. You cannot perform any action which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.
  6. No Items presenting a ‘mess’ or ‘spill’ risk.

No exceptions will be made regardless of any special licences, training or memberships!


Please be aware that these rules are here to ensure we have a safe event for both staff and attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away, please do so. In an extreme case you may be escorted from the event.


If there is any doubt, please send photos and a description of the prop to


SIGN UP FORM – Fantasy Forest Community Costume Show Sign up SUNDAY


DON’T FORGET to place the EVENT NAME and DAY PARTICIPATING in the email subject.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering, then check with us. We’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting!


Convention & Masquerade day entering:

Email Address:

(Do you wish to be contacted in the future with news from Costume and Play?) Y/N

Name/s: (if you’re a group enter all names):

Costume/Genre/Character Name & Series (e.g Steampunk or Tifa from Final Fantasy):

Information for the Judges. We know you’re passionate about your costume so tell us about it!

What parts of your costume are made, altered and/or bought? (Fully bought costumes are welcome within the community costume show!)

Please tell us about your costume design.

(For instance if your costume is steampunk what elements have you used to denote this? If your costume is LARP, an original design or character based, what is your concept for your costume or character?)

Anything else you would like the judges to know?

(Focus on the highlights of your costume.)

Performance Information;

Please describe what you will be doing during your performance and state your performance length.  (Performances are two minutes maximum or you may choose to pose. You may request general mood lighting, prompts, microphone etc. We will attempt to use this if possible but cannot guarantee.)

Music: (If you want music, please state when you would like this to begin and submit a MP3 or WAV file AND bring a copy of your track on USB/CD. Labeled with your name and a contact number just in case.) You may submit a direct Youtube link in advance via email.)

Do you need assistance getting on/off the stage?