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#5: Your Guide to Costume Props + Convention Policies

Get ready for an epic Comic-Con 2023 adventure where our top priority is your enjoyment! To ensure a seamless and supercharged experience, we've unleashed a set of policies designed to make you feel like a superhero - comfortable, safe, seen, and totally welcome.

Don't forget to dive into our Convention Policies for Comic-Con 2023, so you won't be caught off-guard by any rules or regulations when you step into our popular arts playground. Stay in the superhero lane by always keeping aware of and following these policies, guaranteeing an unforgettable Comic-Con journey for every fan!

Cosplaying at Comic-Con 2023? Read this!
Costume Props Policy

No functional props or weapons are allowed at Comic-Con. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

  • All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.

  • Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.

  • Functional (real) arrows must have non-metal blunt tips and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.

  • Costume swords must be anchored to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.

  • Costumes featuring stilts must be approved at one of the Costume Props Desks.

  • A tag will be attached to your oversized props and prop weapons in order to alert security on the floor that your item has been pre-checked and is good to go.

  • A new tag will be mandatory each day, so if you’re using the same prop on multiple days, you are required to get it screened every day it is brought to the event. 


All costume props and weapons must be inspected* daily at one of the two available Costume Props Desks located at:
Lobby C2, between the escalators
• Lobby E, near the outside door

* Upon inspection and approval of your costume props, security will affix tags to them and provide you with a day-specific wristband as proof of clearance. Remember, the wristband is only valid on the day it is issued, so if you plan to bring the same prop(s) on subsequent days, they must undergo inspection each day.

At certain times, due to crowds and safety issues, people in oversized costumes may be asked to leave the Exhibit Hall.

Security will kindly escort you to the Costume Props Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.

If you do not want to have your costume props and weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please leave them at home or in your hotel.