Hall Costume Contest Registration

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Otakon Hall Costume Contest! We will officially be opening pre-registration in June. At that time we will only accept at-convention entries on Friday and Saturday, the morning of each respective day. Please note that entries typically fill up in less than 24 hours so get your registration in quick! After reading through the rules, please feel free to contact our Coordinator if you have any questions.

Thanks to a fantastic turnout of applicants, Otakon Hall Costume Contest pre-registration is FULL!! If you didn’t get a spot, don’t worry! You can still sign up at-con Friday and Saturday morning at 10am, room 159.

How to Register Online for the Otakon 2021 Hall Costume Contest

  • Registration forms will be accepted only during the registration period above.
  • Forms submitted before or after the registration period will not be accepted.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your submission time is measured when you hit the final submit button. Your confirmation e-mail will indicate the time at which you began registration, not completed it.

There will be a maximum of 80 groups registered for the Hall Costume Contest. These slots will be filled using the following method:

  • The first 50 entries registered for the Hall costume contest are online registrations.
  • The remaining 30 are at-convention sign-ups on a first-come first-serve basis at the Hall Costume Contest at noon on Friday and Saturday.

If you have not done so already, please take a moment to review the full rules for the Hall Costume Contest.

Please read the following carefully before proceeding:

We will only accept complete entries. Please complete the registration form, to the best of your ability, as if you will be judged today. Forms found with incomplete information, including missing costume information and incomplete or missing group member names, will not be accepted. We understand that you will probably continue to work on your costume in the coming weeks, but due to the limited number of slots available, we must do what we can to prevent unnecessary place holding.

Submit only one form per entry, please. Multiple submissions only make it more difficult for Hall Costume Contest staff to sort through the dozens of registration forms, and in very rare instances may require us to reject that entire group of multiple submissions. If you need to make a change, please contact us after we send your acceptance e-mail.

Please provide a WORKING e-mail address. We will send your confirmation information and further information regarding the Hall Costume Contest. If we cannot reach you, we cannot send you your confirmation information or your judging information. Your registration form will be rejected and your slot will be given to another entry.

Please make sure to list yourself in a group. The group page of the form contains different information from the first page with the Contact persons name. Please make sure to fill out all pages of the form.

What happens after I register?

After you submit your registration form, an automated receipt will be e-mailed to the address listed as your designated contact. This e-mail simply states that your form has been received. It is not a confirmation of acceptance into the Hall Costume Contest.

Hall Costume Contest staff will review your form and contact your designated contact via e-mail regarding its status within 5-7 days of its receipt. If accepted, your designated contact will receive detailed information regarding judging time sign-ups. PLEASE actively check your spam filter. You will receive notice that you are either registered, declined (for costumes that are not relevant to the guidelines), or wait-listed. If you have not heard by 5-7 days, please contact the HCC via our interactive helpdesk.

Anyone applying to participate in Otakon's Hall Costume Contest may ALSO participate in the Masquerade using the same costume for 2021 ONLY!  This is a one-time exception to this rule.  We want to see as many cosplayers participating in as many events as possible this year! Thank you.

Hall Costume Contest Registration

Open: June 15, 2021, midnight - July 2, 2021, noon