Costume Policy


Costume Rules

  • Respect for All
    • Phoenix Comicon advocates for and upholds the idea that Cosplay is not Consent. If you feel that you are being harassed, or see someone else being harassed, please locate a member of our crew, security personnel, or local police department officer right away.
  • Family Friendly
    • Phoenix Comicon is all ages and family friendly unless otherwise indicated. Costumes, cosplay, and assuming the identity of your character are encouraged but must fall within acceptable boundaries for all ages events. 
    • Costumes should abide by state laws for nudity and indecent exposure: A.R.S. §13-1402
    • Inappropriate costumes or actions may result in a request from our staff to change aspects of your costume or removal from the event.
  • Helmets, Masks, and Facepaint
    • If your costume includes any item that covers or partially covers the face, especially if it is not easily removed, upon request, you may be asked for ID and/or additional information by security. Please be sure to keep your ID on you.
    • Helmets, masks, and hoods should not severely limit or impair the wearer’s ability to see. If your costume includes an eyeless hood or other face covering, considering bringing a friend to act as your “handler” and guide you through crowded spaces.
  • Misc Rules
    • Shoes are required to be worn while in convention space. You may remove your shoes for photos if desired, but they must be replaced directly after the photo is taken.
    • Roller Skates/Blades may not be worn in convention space.
    • Depictions of hate symbols are not allowed and will be asked to be removed.
    • If your costume has pieces that extend from it (wings, spikes, armor, etc.) or you are carrying a large prop, please be aware of your surroundings and of people around you. You may be asked to change your costume or remove your prop from convention space if it is found to be disruptive or dangerous.
    • Please do not block doorways, walkways, or exits with your costume, props, or costume pieces.
  • Costume Checkpoint
    • Metal Detectors, Metal Detecting wands, bag checks, police presence and enhanced security procedures will be at all entrance points.
    • All costumes, props, and weapons must be inspected at the Costume & Prop Checkpoint, located just inside the security entrance.
    • Props and weapons will be tagged by security. Anyone with an untagged prop will be escorted to the Costume & Prop Checkpoint.
    • Failure to comply with Costume Rules, Checkpoint procedures, or requests from official Square Egg Entertainment staff, security personnel, or local police officials will result in revocation of your credentials and removal from the event.

Phoenix Comicon and its contractors are not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any private property including costumes, props, weapons, masks, or helmets whether kept on your person or checked in to any holding area. If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please leave costumes, props, and weapons at home. All costume props and weapons must be inspected at the Costume & Prop Checkpoint.

If you have questions about what is acceptable, please contact

Please refer to the  Phoenix Comicon Weapons Policy below for complete information about props and weapons.

Harassment and Discrimination

Phoenix Comicon is firmly committed to providing a positive experience free of discrimination and bias. Each attendee is personally responsible for maintaining such an environment. Phoenix Comicon prohibits any actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s race, sex, sexual preferences, ethnic background, age, religion, physical condition, or other legally protected characteristic. Any conduct or action, whether overt or subtle, which creates an offensive or hostile environment is prohibited and will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action.

Phoenix Comicon prohibits any harassment between volunteers, attendees, or guests on the basis of sex. No person, male or female, should be subjected to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual overtones and conduct, either verbal or physical. Misconduct applies to both males and females and includes harassment between individuals of both sexes and the same sex. Any person who believes he or she is a victim of sexual or discriminatory harassment is encouraged to let the harasser know that his or her behavior is unwelcome. In addition, those who believe they have been harassed should immediately report the matter to Convention Security, Police or Phoenix Comicon Staff.

Cosplay is not Consent

Phoenix Comicon supports the movement “Cosplay is not Consent”; to empower fan convention costume enthusiasts (aka “cosplayers”) to SPEAK OUT against the inappropriate social behavior of a sexual and/or stereotypical nature for themselves and fellow fans… Cosplay is NOT Consent!

The culture of Cosplay is one of fun, creativity, and mutual respect. Unfortunately, not every fan adheres to the “respect” part. Cosplay is NOT Consent and cosplayers who dress in (sometimes) revealing costumes should not accept inappropriate behavior from their peers. Speak out, speak up, and help keep cosplay comfortable and fun!

You should make every attempt to gain direct consent on all photographs of cosplay, including all private photographers. All photographers, commercial and private, should refrain from taking secret photos of cosplayers in compromising positions and should not take photos with the intent of commercialization without the consent of the subject. Cosplayers love to have their photos taken, so just be polite and ask!


Prop and Weapons Policy


Phoenix Comicon has developed the following cosplay policy guidelines to help everyone get the most enjoyment from the cosplay experience as possible. These policies are intended to assist cosplayers in developing costume ideas that allow them to showcase their talents while ensuring the safety of everyone at our events.

  • Excessive Weight & Size of Props
    • Heavy or oversized props can be dangerous for event-goers. Heavy or oversized props must be easily stored in crowded areas. At certain times when the exhibit hall is overcrowded, those with oversized costumes or props may be asked to exit the exhibit hall area temporarily.
    • If your props become unwieldy or threaten the safety and enjoyment of other people, you may be asked to remove this prop from the venue.
    • Failure to comply with requests to remove offending props may result in revocation of your badge and removal from the premises.
  • Prohibited Items
    The following props and accessories are not permitted at Phoenix Comicon
      • Firearms of any kind regardless of whether it has been emptied, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated, including but not limited to real and replica
        • BB guns
        • cap guns
        • paintball guns
        • nerf guns
        • blowguns
        • water guns
        • pellet guns
        • airsoft guns
        • Toy guns
        • Blasters
        • Any other real or replica weapon that resembles a firearm
      • Tasers
      • Glass Props
      • Stone Props
      • Chainsaws or other gas-powered props
      • Bladed metal or wooden weapons, including but not limited to
        • Axes
        • Daggers
        • Hatchets
        • Knives
        • Swords
        • pocket blades
        • ninja stars
        • metal or wooden shields
        • strung bows
        • bladed or sharp arrows
        • Flails
        • Power and garden tools
        • Claws
      • Real, replica, or simulated explosives, ammunition, and chemical weapons of any kind, including but not limited to
        • Bullets
        • Hand grenades
        • Claymore Mines
        • firecrackers
        • pepper spray
        • Mace
        • Powder caps
        • Cartoon bombs
        • Simulated bomb vests
      • Metal, spiked, wooden and other miscellaneous props including but not limited to
        • Metal Armor
        • Barbed wire
        • Metal spikes
        • Nunchucks
        • Metal, wooden, aluminum, or heavy plastic bats
        • Slingshots
        • Brass knuckles
        • Golf Clubs
        • Hockey Sticks
      • Excessively noisy props including but not limited to
        • Airhorns
        • Bullhorns
        • Whistles
  • Allowed Items
    • Props and Weapons easily distinguishable from any real weapon at first glance may be allowed upon thorough inspection. (the less realistic the better)
    • At the discretion of law enforcement, Convention center staff, on-site security staff and/or Square Egg Employees the following may be permitted however, we reserve the right to refuse any prop at any time.
      • Props made from Plastic, Thermo Plastic, Urethane Resin, Cardboard, Foam or Foam Rubber
      • Plastic, Fiberglass or Resin shields (shields must demonstrate no sharp edges)
      • Bows that are not strung and incapable of shooting arrows
      • Arrows in a quiver that are not removable.
      • Staffs made of Plastic, Resin, cardboard, foam, or foam rubber that are no taller than 6’
      • Lightsabers
      • Wands
      • Sonic screwdrivers


Updated 8/17/17 - This policy is subject to change at our discretion, please check for any updates.

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