Props and Cosplay Policy
We love to see our attendees dress up in all sorts of creative and interesting costumes! However, for safety's sake, we have some rules about what costumes and props are acceptable at BronyCon. When planning your costume, please keep the following rules in mind:
- Decency and Appropriateness: Congoer attire must cover all areas normally covered by a swimsuit. Costumes and props must also be PG-rated. Hate speech is not permitted on attire or props in any language.
- Costume Safety: Costumes must not be dangerous to anyone who bumps into them accidentally.
- Volume: Costumes and props that make noise must have volume controls and should be kept at an appropriate volume. The owners of such props and costumes must turn down or mute the volume when asked to by Security.
- Live Steel: Live steel props are any props crafted from metal with a pointed end or blade-like edge, whether blunt or sharp. All such objects are strictly prohibited in convention spaces. This rule does not apply to objects with only the appearance of metal, such as wooden swords wrapped in aluminum foil.
- Weapons: Real weapons such as maces, axes, or batons must be tightly peacebound or otherwise disabled, and are not allowed if they cannot be disabled. Projectile weapons such as bows, slings, or crossbows must be disabled and unloaded. Bows must be unstrung or strung with a flimsy and loose material such as twine. No bolts or arrows may be carried as part of a costume unless they are fake, not fireable, and not sharp or dangerous.
- Gun-like Props: Gun-like props are required to have orange tips. Airsoft guns must never be loaded and must be disabled, and no ammunition may be carried on the congoer carrying the airsoft.
- Guns: Real firearms, even if disabled or unloaded are strictly prohibited in all convention spaces. If you are an off-duty law enforcement officer carrying your sidearm through convention space, please come see the Head of Security when you enter the con so there are no unfortunate misunderstandings.
- Any prop being used in an unsafe or threatening manner may be confiscated by Security. Security may ask you at any time to put a prop away or change out of a costume based on its acceptability.
- The Head of Security has the final say as to the acceptability of any prop or costume.