The FanimeCon Cosplay Rules & Weapons Policy

FanimeCon Costume Rules & Limitations


  • All con attendees must wear shoes at all times while in official convention space. This includes, but is not limited to the: Marriott, Hilton, Fairmont, Civic Center, and Parkside Hall. Even if a character goes barefoot, the cosplayer must wear shoes.
  • Costumes and daily wear shall not expose the body in such a way as to be deemed indecent exposure under California and City of San Jose ordinances. Private parts must be covered in an opaque material and not be subject to slippage or gaps. Liquid Latex or other conformal body coatings will be judged on a case by case basis.
  • All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway.
  • No costume may generate odor, smoke, or fog, or have overly bright or flashing lights.
  • All costumes with limited visibility and/or movement must have a “handler” to assist with crowd navigation and safety. This also applies to costumes with large “wings” or other oversized elements.
  • No costumes may be realistic depictions of Law Enforcement or current Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency names or initials on them.
  • Official flags shall be respected, and cannot be worn as part of a costume. They must be on a flagpole. Home-made or unofficial flags are exempt from this rule.


FanimeCon Prop Rules & Limitations


  • If you want to carry a prop at FanimeCon, it must be peace-bonded by a Rover at a peace-bonding station. With the exception of explicitly banned props, all peace-bonding will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
  • Only props which are part of a cosplay and suit the costume will be peace-bonded.
  • Certain weapons are banned no matter what:
    • Anything which is illegal in the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, State of California, or the United States in general.
    • Any object that can be considered a real weapon. This includes, but is not limited to: Live steel1, metal/wooden baseball bats, paddles, whips, floggers, batons, or any object heavy enough to be considered dangerous.
    • Incendiary devices. This includes any prop which can easily be mistaken for an item such as a bullet or grenade.
    • Any prop made of glass, or which has glass on it.
    • Real bows are not allowed, strung or unstrung. This means any prop that resembles a bow must be unstrung. All arrows must be secured to the quiver.
    • Firearm Props which are suitably realistic and could be mistaken for a real firearm. This includes airsoft, bb, and any training firearms (made of metal, plastic, or rubber).
    • Any item may be added to this list at any time by FanimeCon. Changes will be posted at Rovers, Peace Bonding stations, and to the website.
  • Some props are allowed conditionally:
    • Firearm style props must have a non-removable orange tip at the end of the barrel which is visible from the side and which extends at least one inch up the barrel, or they must be painted all over in a bright safety color. They cannot have any functional parts, and must not be useable.
    • Sword-like props may not be made of live steel1.
    • Signs which an actual character carries may be peace-bonded.
  • All props must be small enough to fit through a standard doorway without effort.
  • While carrying props, you will be held to very strict behavior standards:
    • Props may not be brandished, flailed around, or used (for play-fighting, or otherwise).
    • Props must remain with the costume which they were peace-bonded for.
    • Especially in crowded areas, attendees are expected to carry their props carefully and in a neutral position. Long or tall props must be carried vertically, and sword-like props should be holstered or otherwise secured.
    • Using props in an unsafe or threatening manner may result in more severe consequences.
    • Firearm like props may not be pointed at anyone at any time.
    • Any behavior which a FanimeCon staff member considers to be unsafe or unacceptable will result in appropriate action by a staff member.

Potential Consequences for Violations:

  • First Offense:
    • Props: Removal of peace-bond and/or prop taken off premises.
    • Costume: Required costume modification/removal or acquisition of a handler.
  • Second Offense:
    • One day badge suspension and/or full-weekend suspension of prop privileges.
  • Third Offense:
    • Badge pulled.

    FanimeCon reserves the right to modify consequences as necessary at their discretion.

Weapons and Props bought during FanimeCon from the Dealer’s Hall, Artist’s Alley, or Swap-Meet must be put into a box or bag which renders them inaccessible, and unusable. They must then be removed from convention premises as soon as possible. We will not peace-bond anything bought during the convention except props which meet all peace-bonding requirements.

Props for Masquerade have a completely different set of rules. If you wish to carry a prop for Masquerade around the convention center, it must meet all peace-bonding criteria (and have been peace-bonded.) If it is only for Masquerade, it must stay in a car or hotel room except when you are taking it to, are at, or are taking it back to your car or room from Masquerade.

[1] FanimeCon Rovers define “Live Steel” as metal which has, or can, take an edge. While this primarily applies to swords, it can also apply to other props.