The Masquerade rules in brief are that:
You can sign up for Masquerade online from approximately six weeks before the show on the Cosplay & Masquerade page of the website for the show; you must have made your costume OR be performing a skit or talent act OR be under 16 years of age; and costume judging is during the day with the stage show usually being the last item of the day.
Cosplay is welcome in all parts of the show however it is necessary to set some restrictions as it is a family show. Please read the Costume, Weapons & Props Rules for more details. Note in particular that metal blades (sharp or blunt), working projectile weapons, and wooden or metal bats & paddles are all forbidden.
The MCM Comic Cons have more people attending in costume than any other show in the UK. Children & adults alike dress up to display their love for their favourite characters. So if you are worried that you might be alone if you were to cosplay as your favourite superhero, anime or videogame character, elf from Lord of the Rings or Jedi from Star Wars- don’t! You’re in good company.
MCM provide a wide range of support for cosplayers at the show including supplies tools & assistance for repairs, bag storage, changing areas, and last but not least large cosplay competitions on stage- the Cosplay Masquerades. Email the Cosplay Team or speak to them at the Cosplay Desk if you have any queries.