These rules are for all costumes worn around the ITPF. If you aren’t sure whether your costume or prop is acceptable, you may ask a staff member at any time!

A costume or prop is unacceptable if it does any of the following:

  • Fails to comply with UIC policy and all local laws.
  • Is inappropriate to the campus environment.
  • Requires an electrical power connection.
  • Contains confetti, glitter, pyrotechnics, live flames, or smoke generators of any kind
  • Leaves your feet bare.
  • Has vulgar remarks or hate speech in any language.
  • Has dangerous protrusions such as spikes or sharp edges.
  • Is a costume that extends more than six inches from your body in any direction. (For example, if your costume has a tail, you may hold it next to your body, but not let it trail out behind you.)
  • Is a prop that is longer than your height. Props that are too long may be carried in pieces and reassembled for pictures.
  • Impedes the view of others during seated events.
  • Has a tightly-strung bowstring.
  • Has a laser pointer or similar capability.
  • Has parts made of live steel. Live steel is defined an object crafted from metal that has a point or blade-like edge, whether blunt or sharp.
  • Is a real firearm.
  • Is a gun-like prop or resembles a real weapon of any kind.
  • Is being used or handled unsafely.
  • Is determined by ITPF or SCE staff to be unsafe. The Department Head of our Incident Response Team can render final say on the acceptability of any costume or prop.

If you are found with an unacceptable costume item or prop, we will ask you to leave it at the registration table until the event is over.

Please also see Contest Rules and Regulations