Halloween Comicfest 2017
Costume Contest Details & Rules
Where and When
Our Costume Contest is part of our Halloween Comicfest 2017 festivities, happening on October 28th at Level Up Entertainment in the Hamilton Mall - Mays Landing, NJ! The contest sign-ups are from 10 am to 2 pm and the contest itself will be held at 4 pm. All contestants must be signed up by 2 pm!
Official Entry Forms for the contest will be available at our Halloween Comicfest 2017 Costume Contest Sign-Up Table located in front of Level Up Entertainment between 10 AM and 2:00 PM.
The contest itself will be held before a panel of judges and a live audience at center court in the mall by the elevators - starting at 4:00 PM. Contestants must arrive by 4 PM!
How to Enter
Entering the contest is easy:
Attend Halloween Comicfest at Level Up Entertainment on October 28 in costume!
Visit our Costume Contest Sign-Up Table between 10 am and 2 pm to fill out an Official Entry Form and get your Contestant Number!
Be present at the center court stage (near the elevators) at 4 PM with your Contestant Number, ready to show off your costume to our judges and everyone in the audience!
How to Win
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Kid Ages Under 12
Best Adult Female (13+)
Best Adult Male (13+)
Best Group (All Ages)
Winners will be decided by our panel of judges, which will include:
FCBD 2015 and HCF 2014 costume contest winner - Phil Bates
Professional Cosplayer Kevin D Cosplay.
Free Comic Book Day 2015 costume contest winner: Emily of Emily's Makeup Madness
Professional Cosplayer and Free Comic Book Day 2012 contest winner
Contestants will be judged on a point scale of 1-10. The scores will then be added together, and the highest total scorer will be the winner!
Winners will be announced at the end of the contest (once the judges have seen all Contestants and scores have been tallied). Prizes will be awarded at that time. If you participate in the contest, you must stay until the end to claim your prize!
Winners in each category will receive a prize package from Level Up Entertainment and Hamilton Mall and a trophy. Details to be announced closer to the event.
Costume Contest Details
Participants are to begin lining up in the designated area (near the center court stage) no later than 4 PM. The contest itself will begin at 4:00 PM. Volunteers will be on hand to help you line up.
Participants MUST be present at 4 PM to be included in the contest, they MUST have the Contestant Number they were given when they filled-out their Official Entry Form, and they MUST also be present at the time of final judging to be eligible to win.
Each Contestant/Group will cross the stage to present their costumes for judging.
Each Contestant may present one – and only one – costume and be entered in only one category. In the case of Group entries, each member may wear one costume per person in the Group, or may wear one costume together (i.e. a large costume that requires several people inside). No single Contestant may also enter into the Group category, etc.
Costumes must allow Contestants enough freedom of movement so that they can walk freely and present themselves to the judges when required. Should assistance be needed, Contestants may have assistants but they will not be provided by Level Up Entertainment or the Hamilton Mall.
The Judges’ decisions are final. Any ties will be broken in whatever manner the Judges see fit. Level Up Entertainment and Hamilton Mall will have no influence over the results.
Rules & Regulations
All Contestants and their costumes, props and “weapons” must adhere to the following policies:
Absolutely NO “live steel”, i.e. NO real metal weapons of ANY KIND, sharp or not!
Absolutely NO GUNS, props, functioning, or previously functioning projectile weapons (guns, BB guns, paintball guns, working slingshots, bows and arrows, etc.)!
NO fire, smoke or pyrotechnics!
All costumes must be family friendly - NO indecent exposure, nudity, etc!
NO profanity or lewd behavior will be tolerated during the contest!
Please be aware that ANYONE violating these rules WILL be disqualified from the contest and may risk forfeiture of the offending item and/or eviction from the premises at the discretion of Hamilton Mall Security and/or Township of Hamilton Police. Please ensure that any weapon-type props are visibly marked as non-functioning (i.e. foam swords, etc.). Level Up Entertainment is not responsible for any confiscated, lost, or damaged props or costumes. If you are unsure about whether or not your prop qualifies, please contact Level Up Entertainment prior to the event for approval.
- All Contestants wearing a costume that obscures their face (mask, bandana, helmet, etc) must register and receive a wristband even if they are not participating in the contest.
All Contestants under the age of 18 MUST have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enter the contest. All Contestants in the Junior category (age 13 and under) MUST have a legal guardian or parent present during the entirety of the Costume Contest.
Pictures and video of the Contestants may be taken during the contest by representatives of Level Up Entertainment. These pictures and video are the property of Level Up Entertainment. Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the Contestants (or Contestants’ parent or legal guardian if under the age of 18) to allow Level Up Entertainment to use their likeness/image, etc. in any current/future advertising (online, in video or in print), promotion, or product.
Level Up Entertainment reserves the right to modify, update, or amend these rules at any time.
And lastly, the most important rule of all … HAVE FUN!