Hall Costume Contest Registration

Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Otakon Hall Costume Contest! We will officially be opening pre-registration in July. 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.

How to Register Online for the Otakon 2023 Hall Costume Contest

  • Registration 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 are 50 pre-registration spots for Hall Costume Contest pre-registration - 25 on Friday, and 25 on Saturday.
  • Additional spots are available on a first come, first served, basis AT Otakon on Friday and Saturday morning, room 159 at 10am.

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.

You may compete in both the Hall Costume Contest AND Masquerade using the same costume!  Hall Costume Contest will be your craftsmanship judging, while Masquerade will be your performance and presentation judging.

Hall Costume Contest Registration

Open: July 1, 2023, 6:21 p.m. - July 1, 2023, 6:21 p.m.

Due to an amazing and overwhelming response, Otakon Hall Costume Contest 2023 pre-registration is now completely full!! There will be a handful of slots available for at-con sign up on Friday and Saturday morning from 10:00-10:45am. We look forward to seeing all the incredible cosplays! Thank you.