DCC 2018 Policies

Denver Comic Con Costume Guidelines
Denver Comic Con wants all attendees to have a fun and safe experience, and has put together these costume guidelines to help. These guidelines should be used for planning purposes only and are not all-inclusive. If in doubt, more coverage is better, and DCC reserves the right to make judgment calls as needed.

Denver Comic Con is family-friendly. Keep it PG.

  • Chests must be covered regardless of gender identification
  • Tops must be secure and of sturdy construction to avoid inadvertent “oops” moments and secured by more than glue
  • No thongs or exposed backsides
  • No sheer materials/illusion of nudity
  • Body paint by itself does not constitute coverage
  • Makeup must be properly sealed so that it does not rub off with casual contact or make a mess
  • Shoes must be worn at all times
  • Military dress that appears realistic must be distinguished in some way as costume and cannot be mistaken for current military or law enforcement
  • Hateful symbols and emblems of genocide are strictly prohibited

Denver Comic Con staff and security reserves the right to alter rules or guidelines to protect public safety or ensure a safe and successful family friendly convention. We also reserve the right to prohibit entry or ask you to leave the premises if your outfit is deemed inappropriate. Please refer to the prohibited items list for further information.

Denver Comic Con Prop Guidelines
Denver Comic Con’s first priority is the welfare and safety of all of our guests. These prop guidelines should be used for planning purposes only and are not all-inclusive. Denver Comic Con reserves all rights to deny props at any time. If in doubt, leave it at home. The current guidelines are as follows, and may be changed at any time, based on circumstances:

  • A prop is defined as an object you carry as part of a costume and must be peace-bonded prior to entry by DCC security staff.
  • Cosplayers will be given a wristband and the prop will be marked daily to indicate completion of this.
  • You may be re-checked at any time.
  • Every time you leave and reenter the Colorado Convention Center your prop will also need to be re-checked.
  • There is no DCC provided on-site storage of props or costume pieces
  • Anything not allowed will need to be returned to your car or thrown away
  • Generally approved materials are: foam, rubber, cardboard, paper, light plastic, or cloth

PROHIBITED ITEMS: 

  • Firearms of any kind – this includes BB guns, replica guns, cap guns, paintball and pellet guns and airsoft guns, even if it has been disabled or is not loaded – nothing resembling a gun of any kind is permitted
  • Bladed metal or wooden weaponssuch as axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, pocket blades, ninja stars
  • Projectile weapons of any kind, including replicas– if it can shoot anything (even Nerf and water), it is not permitted 
  • Explosives and chemical weapons – this includes firecrackers, pepper spray, and incendiary devices 
  • Blunt weapons – wooden or metal bats, clubs, brass knuckles, mallets, martial arts weapons, whips, golf clubs and paddles
  • Metal and wooden umbrellas
  • Metal, wood, large PVC items – if you can hurt someone by hitting them with intentionally or otherwise, it is not allowed
  • Large resin based objects – if you can hurt someone by hitting them with it intentionally or otherwise, it is not allowed
  • Outside alcoholic beverages 
  • Balls (thrown objects)
  • Flying discs or other projectiles including helium balloons, dirigibles, drones, etc. 
  • Selfie Sticks 
  • Hover boards, rollerblades, wheelies, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, skates 

Denver Comic Con staff and security reserves the right to alter rules or policies to protect public safety or ensure a safe and successful family friendly convention. We also reserve the right to notify law enforcement and prohibit entry (or have you leave the premises) if your prop is deemed inappropriate.

Allowed vs. Not Allowed
These prop examples should be used for planning purposes only and are not all-inclusive. Denver Comic Con reserves all rights to deny props at any time. If in doubt, leave it at home.

Allowed

  • Wands of rubber or plastic construction
  • Light sabers made of plastic
  • Loosely strung plastic bows with non-removable plastic arrows
  • Any size prop made of foam, rubber, cardboard, paper, light plastic, or cloth
  • Plastic parasols
  • Sonic screwdrivers

Not allowed 

  • Anything resembling a firearm, including sci-fi blasters
  • Anything that releases projectiles
  • Crossbows
  • Slingshots
  • Firearms of any kind no matter the material
  • Bats
  • Blades of any kind
  • Functioning bows
  • Golf clubs
  • Mallets
  • Martial arts weapons
  • Paddles
  • Explosives, including firecrackers
  • Chemical weapons, including pepper spray
  • Drones
  • Dirigibles
  • Helium balloons
  • Selfie sticks
  • Metal or wooden umbrellas
  • metal objects of any shape, including shields
  • wood objects of any shape
  • Large PVC/Resin items of any shape

If any of the above items are deemed unsafe by DCC Security, they will not be allowed inside the building. If you’re bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. They will only be allowed as long as they are deemed safe and will not cause harm onsite.

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