SuperHeroes Unlimited Cosplay Contest
SuperHeroes Unlimited is proud to be hosting this year’s Cosplay Contest!
We can’t wait to see all of your amazing costumes and are super excited to meet so many new cosplayers! Below are the answers to all your pressing questions about everything you need to know to join the contest!
Best in Show
The majority of the costume must be made by the entrant.
Most Detailed Design:
The costume with the most precision and detail.
Best Practical Effect:
The use of LED Lights, sound, makeup or any other practical effect in the costume.
Honorable Mention 2
Honorable Mention 3
(If there is a Skit Category, the skit will run no longer than 2 minutes and all audio needs to be
provided to SHU morning of contest day on a USB Drive.)
*Judges may create additional categories as unique costumes may appear!
Don’t worry about picking categories; everyone is entered into all categories and the best
of each category is chosen by our Judges!
Contestants must stop by the SuperHeroes Unlimited Booth (#152 ) to sign up. You do not need to be
wearing the costume you will be competing in when you sign up, but you do need to wear whatever
costume you wish to be judged on during the competition.
Contestants must arrive at the contest location 30 minutes prior to contest start time to check in and to
practice their entrance and exits and everything in between. SuperHeroes Unlimited will walk everyone
through how to look fantastic on stage and get all those nervous jitters out!
During the show, all contestants will walk across the stage and show off their costumes to the audience.
The judges may ask each contestant a few questions.
Contestants will be expected to stay for the entire duration of the competition.
For weapons policy and general costume rules please look under the convention rules.
Any questions about the Cosplay Contest can be answered at the SuperHeroes Unlimited Booth (#152)
or emailed to .
(The following rules are at the choice of the convention. Include or not. We recommend them as they
improve the safety of the convention as a whole and prevents many issues.)
COSPLAY RULES AND WEAPON POLICY
All final decisions on costumes entering the facility shall be at the sole discretion of the Con
Staff. Should your costume be/become an issue, Con staff will ask that you either change or
leave the premises.
Your costume must not be wider than 4 feet across, longer than 6 feet, or taller than 8 feet.
You MUST be able to easily maneuver your costume over stairs or ramps unassisted. Armor
cannot pose a threat to others .
You must have unobstructed vision at all times (i.e., must not need to remove a piece of your
Costume in order to see).
Any bow-type weapons must be unstrung or strung with a low-tensile thread. All prop arrows
must have soft, non-metal, blunted tips made out of foam or cardboard only.
You may not include liquids, gels, or other substances which could cause a mess. This is at the
discretion of the Con Staff.
You may not use smoke effects, fire, explosives, or any other environmental hazard in any
You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop
in any way that could be considered unsafe
You may pose with a prop in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would
interpret it for anything other than dramatic effect. Con Staff may stop you at their sole
You may not have any other weapons that may cause harm to others including, but not limited
to, sharpened metal-bladed weapons; blunt weapons (like brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku).
You may not have items that cause excessive noise levels like megaphones and air horns.
NO WEAPON THAT COULD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE CONFUSED WITH A REAL GUN WILL
BE ALLOWED. Plastic or otherwise, regardless of whether or not it has an orange tip or an
unrealistic color. Prop guns of any type will NOT be ALLOWED.
Guns of a clearly unique design may be allowed at the discretion of the Con Staff.IE a Space
Marine Blaster, Star Wars Blasters or a Halo style Convent Pulse Rifle etc. These will be decided
on a case by case basis at weapons check.
All costumes must cover at least as much as a 2 piece bikini would. No nipple tassels, C-cups etc.
Men are encouraged to wear dance belts if wearing bodysuits etc. Naked is NOT a costume. If
it’s not allowed in public it’s not allowed in the con.
Please be sure to have shoes on at all times. Barefoot cosplays will be required to wear shoes
however can be temporarily removed for photo ops.
If it is illegal outside of the convention, it is illegal inside the convention. If you have a safety
or security concern, bring it to the convention staff immediately. In emergencies, dial 911.
Should you be unsure if your costume is acceptable or not please email
with a photo of your costume for approval.