The Masquerade is a costume contest and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress as anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters!), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not competing, come cheer on your fellow fen. All entries are judged in four separate categories (Young Fan, Novice, Journeyman, and Craftsman/ Master) to give everyone a fair chance.

Following in the new Arisia tradition, the Masquerade will once again be Sunday evening with rehearsals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Masquerade Rules

Please read all the Masquerade Rules before signing up. You can find the Rules here: MasqRules.

Masquerade Signup

Online registration is open at: MasqSignup.

Arisia uses the skill division set up by the International Costumers' Guild. If you are unsure what division you should register and compete in please contact the Masquerade Director (

Halftime Entertainment

After the costume presentations are done, and while our esteemed judges are off determining the awards for the evening, we don't want you to go away!