Costume Contest

The 2020 Costume Contest, our first official contest ever, was a great success!  Thank you to our wonderful judges and all the contestants who made this such a great event.  We can’t wait to see you all back again next year.

Click on the photos below to see all of the great entries.


  • Entrants must have a valid CaptainCon 2020 badge.
  • Contestants must adhere to the CaptainCon 2020 convention policies found here:
  • Please be advised that this convention is a family-friendly convention. Please keep all content PG.  Costumes may not include any nudity, profanity, hate speech, or offensive content.
  • Weapons must be non-functional – slack strings on bows, only Nerf or replica firearms with an orange safety tip, no sharp-edged metal blades, etc.
  • No projectiles, sprays, or aerosols may be released as part of your costume/display.
  • No pyrotechnics (including smoke, fire, fireworks, sparks, etc.) may be used as part of your costume/display.
  • No mess is to be left on stage after your presentation.
  • No specific audio will be played for each contestant.
  • Violators of any of these rules may be disqualified from the contest.
  • By participating in the CaptainCon costume contest, you grant permission for CaptainCon/New England Privateers LLC to take photo/video of your costume/performance for use in promoting the convention.and similar uses.


  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2pm in the Newport Room.
  • Open to children ages 12 and under accompanied by a guardian during the competition as well as their on-stage walk.
  • Contestants must arrive by 1:45 pm in costume ready to go on stage.
  • This will be a “relaxed rules” celebration of cosplay. Costumes need not be hand-made by the entrant but should be something a little more than straight out of the package from the Halloween Store.
  • Please stay following your on-stage walk for prizes immediately following.


  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:30pm in the Newport Room.
  • Open to contestants 13 years of age and older.
  • All contestants must arrive by 2pm in costume and ready to go on stage.
  • Judging begins immediately following the Kids Cosplay Competition.
  • All costumes in the Adult Costume Contest must be at least 50% hand-made or altered.
  • If you need any assistance, you may have one person to help you.


  • All participants will be given 30-90 seconds to walk on stage, pose, and answer questions from the MC/judges.
  • Contestants will be judged in the following criteria:
    • Workmanship
    • Overall Appearance
    • Originality
    • Stage Presence


  • All entrants in the Kids Cosplay Contest will receive a small goodie-bag for their participation. Additionally, prize packs for first, second, and third place will be awarded.
  • Prizes in the Adult Cosplay Contest will include:
    • First Place – 1st place medal, $150, and a 3-day badge to CaptainCon 2021
    • Second Place – 2nd place medal, $75, and a 3-day badge to CaptainCon 2021
    • Third Place – 3rd place medal and a 3-day badge to CaptainCon 2021


  • If you have any questions or a special request for your presentation, you may talk to the Contest Coordinator to discuss feasibility prior to the start of the contest by emailing



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