Cosplay Rules

Costume Rules

All costumes must fall in a PG rating. Tora-Con Staff members may determine if a costume is appropriate for the convention. If your costume does not meet the convention rules and guidelines you will be asked to cover up your costume or change into a different outfit.
All attendees must have proper footwear, shirt/blouse, and pants/shorts. Entry into event rooms and buildings will be denied otherwise.
The following cosplay guidelines must be observed:

  • Any form of nudity is prohibited. Chest and buttocks must be covered.
  • Examples of clothing that are acceptable as long as you are fully covered: sports bras, muscle shirts, spanks, leggings, etc.
  • Costumes may not have exposed hard materials, including but not limited to, metal and wood.
  • Hard materials may be used as a structural base for your costume and then must be covered in foam or soft padding of some sort to prevent injury to others. If your costume is deemed unsafe you will be asked change into a different outfit.  
  • No sharp edges or points.
  • No free floating chains or trains more than a foot long, they must not be able to flail around.
  • Costumes must be able to fit through a door of standard height and width  (~7.5'X3').  
  • No part of your costume should obstruct the path of another attendee.    

If your view is obstructed, please have a guide to direct you. Full face masks/headwear must be easily removable and we ask that it be removed after leaving the convention area and during badge pick up.
If you and your costume require more than one seat in any event or panel room or obstructs the view of any other attendee, Tora-Con staff may designate seating for you that causes the least disruption.
If you wish to take part in the Cosplay Contest, in addition to the rules above, you must adhere to the Tora-Con Cosplay Contest Rules.
If you have any questions or concerns about your costume you may email the Cosplay Coordinator at

Prop Rules

The following props and “special effects” are not allowed in the convention. Any violations will result in attendees being escorted to their vehicles to put away said props or confiscation by Tora-Con Staff. Repeated violations by attendees will result in confiscation by Tora-Con Staff and possible ejection from the convention.

  • Guns or props that fire objects
  • Live steel weapons with edges such as knives or swords
  • Spray weapons such as mace
  • Projectile weapons such as bows, slingshots, airsoft or bb guns
  • Live flame, flash paper, sparkler, or strobes (sealed flashbulbs may be used if desired)
  • Electric weapons such as tasers or cattle prods
  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Live animals
  • Messy props such as confetti, flowers, food or liquid
  • Remote control devices
  • Signs soliciting goods and/or services such as “Free Hugs”
  • Non-firing, toy weapons will be allowed only with peace bonding or if they are orange tipped and approved by the Cosplay Coordinator. These will only be allowed during contest itself and not allowed in the rest of the convention.

Props may use hard materials for structural purposes, but must be covered in soft material for safety purposes. Props made with plastic will be reviewed on a case by case basis based on size, material and type. If you have questions please email the Cosplay Coordinator at

Please Note: New York State weapon and firearms laws are in effect and no weapons will be allowed in the convention proper. No exceptions. 

All props must be put away after 9 PM. Any props found after will be confiscated regardless if it was deemed appropriate or not by Tora-­Con Staff and RIT Public Safety. Tora­-Con Staff is not responsible for any props or items confiscated by RIT Public Safety.

If you are uncertain that a particular prop is acceptable please contact the Cosplay Coordinator at with photos of the prop and a description of the prop.