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The Masquerade is a costume contest and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress in anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters!), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not competing, come see the fabulous display of creativity by your fellow fen. All entries are judged in three separate categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Craftsman/ Master) to give everyone a fair chance.

For the full rules of the Masquerade, please see the rules page.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Masquerade winners (HTML) or PDF.

View the photos from Sandi Middlebrook. Orders can be placed through that site.

Volunteers Wanted!

We need a few good men, women (or any other gender you might consider yourself) to assist with the Masquerade before, during and after the presentation - ushers, ninjas, and den moms. Before we'll assist with the set up, during we make sure everyone goes where they're supposed to or doesn't fall off the stage, after we make sure everyone leaves in an orderly fashion and assist with breakdown. For your efforts you will win the undying praise and gratitude of hundreds (or at least me!), some of you will see the show, and you'll work many volunteer hours all in one fell swoop!

The Official Arisia '10 Masquerade video is available for sale online at: