Rules and Policies

General Conduct and Convention Rules

Please remember that convention staff and assigned security have the final say in the interpretation of these and all security and safety rules. The con chair has the final say in any disputes between staff interpretations of the rules.

  1. All applicable laws apply. If something is illegal outside the hotel, it’s illegal inside the hotel/convention center.
  2. No smoking within the hotel.
  3. No open containers of alcohol are permitted outside the restaurant, designated serving areas (including special events), or hotel rooms.
  4. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  5. Badges must be displayed openly at all times within the convention area. They may be removed or hidden for costume photography purposes, but must otherwise be worn and shown when requested by staff or volunteers.
  6. Please do not block hallways or access points. If staff asks you to move, please move. If someone asks for a photo, please step aside out of the flow of traffic.
  7. Please place all trash and recyclables in the appropriate bins. Be kind to our Earth!
  8. Posters can only be applied to walls in the convention center itself, not in the hotel proper or the Atrium. Posters may only be hung using blue painter’s tape. Convention staff reserves the right to remove posters deemed inappropriate.
  9. Animals are not permitted on the convention grounds. Only certified Service Animals may be permitted.
  10. No sleeping in public areas or event spaces.
  11. No unauthorized sales on convention grounds. Sales are permitted within the vendor room only.
  12. All lost and found items should be brought to the Con Ops staff room.
  13. Costume-Con does not permit real firearms, explosive devices, tasers/stun guns, pepper spray, laser pointers, or other items deemed unsafe by con staff on the premises.
  14. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Costume-Con reserves the right to revoke a badge at any time for any reason, without refund, and escort offenders off the premises. Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to: noise disruption, fighting, harassment (see Harassment Policy), damaging or misusing hotel/convention property, theft, underage drinking or providing alcohol to minors, or causing injury or harm to another person or yourself.

General Costume and Weapon Rules:

  1. No costume will be allowed that exposes the wearer in an inappropriate or illegal fashion. Madison and Middleton laws and ordinances governing indecent exposure will be followed. No costume is NO COSTUME.
  2. Costumes with large wings, hoop skirts, long trains, etc are fine, but be aware of your surroundings and the flow of traffic. Please be considerate of your fellow con-goers when choosing where to move in your costume. Particularly cumbersome costumes, or costumes which restrict vision, should have a handler with them (but is not required).
  3. No mock fighting or sparring on the convention grounds. Actual combat is right out. Fighting as part of a masquerade performance must be approved by the masquerade director.
  4. No working projectile weapons are allowed. This includes Airsoft and Nerf guns, as they are prohibited under Middleton city ordinance. Real firearms are not permitted. All bows must be unstrung, all arrows must be untipped or permanently secured to the quiver.
  5. Toy, replica, and model firearms must be holstered or secured to your person. Never unholster a realistic firearm prop outside the convention space. DO NOT brandish or wave firearm props directly at other con-goers, con staff, or hotel staff. Any projectile or firearm prop shown during a masquerade performance must be approved by the masquerade director, and must not be pointed directly at the audience or judges.
  6. Edged/bladed props must be sheathed, peace-bound, and may not be drawn within convention space. Bladed props shown during a masquerade performance must be approved by the masquerade director, and must not be brandished directly at the audience or judges.
  7. Toy, replica, and model blade props, including kunai and shuriken, must be sheathed or secured to your person. Un-edged blades may be drawn for photography purposes, but must be sheathed otherwise.
  8. No dry ice, real flame, or other dangerous substances may be included as part of any costume. Potentially dangerous materials (such as real glass, laser gun sights, wires, and lighting effects) must be treated with caution. If con staff inspects a prop and deems it dangerous, please return it to your hotel room as requested. Refusal to obey staff may result in expulsion from the convention.
  9. Convention staff reserves the right to peace-bind and/or make safe any spikes or sharp edges deemed dangerous.

Costume-Con 34 Conduct and Harassment Policy

Costume-Con is intended to be a welcoming environment where costumers of all shapes, sizes, ages, and faces can enjoy the art of costume among like-minded individuals. No one will be discriminated against based on age, race, nationality, sex, gender identity, or any other factor. We want to ensure that everyone has a good time, so we have a few policies in place to prevent harassment and enable everyone to feel safe and secure, whether in costume or out of it.

Harassing conduct can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to: slurs, jokes, statements, gestures, pictures taken or displayed to mock, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault, and/or battery. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. If someone tells you “no” or asks to be left alone, do not attempt to follow them or disrupt their convention experience in any way. There is a ZERO tolerance policy toward any kind of harassment from anyone on the convention premises. If you feel you have been harassed according to the above definitions, please speak with staff about how we can resolve it to your satisfaction.

Costume-Con 34 follows the Costumes Are Not Consent policy. Unwelcome sexual advances or requests, unwanted touching, insulting remarks or conduct, or taking purposefully vulgar or sexual photos of anyone without their consent are not permitted, whether that person is wearing a costume or not. In all cases, consent is defined as an affirmative or “yes” answer to a clearly posed question or inquiry. Presence is not consent. Lack of “no” is not consent. Wearing a costume is not consent. Violation of these rules will result in expulsion from the convention.

CC34 is not responsible for solving interpersonal problems which may arise between friends and family. However, if a problem escalates, we will be prepared to step in. Harassment, stalking, and assault may be dealt with by con staff, hotel staff, or if necessary, the Middleton Police Department. If you feel that a personal issue has escalated beyond your control, please locate a member of staff at the Con Ops room.

Emergency Contact Policy

In the event of a medical emergency, please dial 911 and then notify con staff, who will notify hotel staff. For minor emergencies and first aid issues, notify con staff in the Con Ops room immediately.

Accessibility Policy

The Marriott Hotel provides ADA compliant/accessible hotel rooms to its customers. If you require such a room, please call the Marriott directly to request one when making a reservation.

Service Animals must be ADA certified and wear the appropriate identifying vest/harness/leash marker. Pets and Comfort Animals are not permitted within the convention space.

If you require accessible seating for an event (masquerades, stage shows), please alert a staff member prior to the time when doors to the event open. Special seating for wheelchairs/scooters or other mobility issues, visual impairment, and hearing impairment is available upon request.

If you have any other accessibility issues, or anticipate special needs during the convention and its events, please contact us ahead of time. We will do our best to see what we can do to make your convention experience comfortable and pleasant. We cannot know the personal needs of everyone attending CC34 unless we are informed.