All costumes at GalaxyCon Raleigh must be PG during regular exhibition room hours. After hours, please keep it PG-13. We are a family friendly show. Use common sense. Anything that is illegal outside of the convention is illegal inside the convention.

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Anything that looks like a real weapon or gun, even with an orange tip, is not allowed. If it is a replica of anything real or if a police officer wouldn't know if it was real or not from a distance, it's not allowed.

Dull metal-bladed replica props must be peace bonded, checked, and tagged at the prop check table.

Security will deny entry to anyone without a properly tagged prop.

Bows and crossbows will only be permitted if they’re absolutely prop in nature – no tension on the string beyond what it takes to keep it straight, and arrows should not have any form of tip. You are NOT permitted to bring arrows with metal tips into the event under ANY circumstances. No items can have exposed sharp points, sharp edges, excessive weight or any other features that could be deemed dangerous to others.

All props must be checked at the Prop Check Table, where security will inspect the prop and issue a tag to be placed in a visible area on the prop. EVERY prop will be handled on a case-by-case basis. You may be asked to take further measures to make the prop safe before it will be given approval. Be prepared for this contingency.

Approved prop tags must be visible on your prop at all times. Removing the prop tag is a violation of the Prop Policy and will result in immediate expulsion from GalaxyCon Raleigh.

Any approved prop weapon may be revoked at any time at the discretion of GalaxyCon staff or security, for reasons including, but not limited to, the item being utilized or brandished in an inappropriate fashion or if complaints are received regarding its improper display. GalaxyCon Raleigh reserves the right to refuse entry of any prop/weapon it deems unfit for any reason. Any misuse of a prop/weapon (horseplay, dueling, fighting, running/swinging, firing, etc.) is grounds for removal and or ejection from convention premises without recourse, up to and including legal action depending on the severity of the offense. 

PURCHASED PROPS AND REPLICAS: If you purchase a replica or prop from the Vendors Room that does not comply with the GalaxyCon Raleigh Weapons/ Prop policy, you must leave it at the booth and retrieve it when you are ready to leave or when the exhibition room closes. You must take it to your vehicle, or hotel room immediately. PLEASE NOTE that if you violate any of the above rules you WILL be removed from the convention. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are asked to leave by a member of GalaxyCon Raleigh security or staff, you are required to comply with their requests or risk intervention by law enforcement. These decisions are based on the discretion of the security or staff member you are dealing with that exact moment. Do not attempt to skirt the rules. Do not attempt to play games with security or staff. Use common sense. If you cannot abide by the rules, please stay home. We will not endanger or put any of our attendees at risk because you want to have a more authentic costume. 

GalaxyCon Raleigh reserves the right to amend or change these rules at anytime for any reason to provide for the safety, security and general well being of attendees and the general public. GalaxyCon Raleigh reserves the right to deem a costume as unacceptable and request the wearer make modifications as necessary, change out of the costume entirely into more appropriate clothing, or require you to leave the convention. 

If your costume hinders your vision or movement in any way, you should have a friend, or “handler”, with you at all times who can move and see freely. Leashes are permitted; however, if you are wearing the collar, you must be holding the handle. Leashes should not be extended between two or more people, as this causes an issue for the other patrons. Masks are allowed, however security and staff may ask you to remove your mask at any time, for any reason for identification purposes. No public exposure. No flashing. State law says that a violation of public decency laws has occurred when the genitals, buttocks, or breasts are exposed to public view for any reason. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet) for safety purposes. 

QUESTIONABLE MATERIAL: Some costumes from anime, comic books, sci-fi, video games, and other sources may contain questionable material. We do not allow the use of hate symbols on costumes. You may wear a costume that is an accurate representation of an existing character in fandom, but shock costumes, or costumes which have the sole purpose of offending and disrespecting other individuals, cultures, or religions in any way, will not be tolerated. We ask that you be respectful of other attendees. 

UNIFORM COSTUMES: Costumes that may be confused with LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL UNIFORMS are not permitted. GalaxyCon has the absolute right and sole discretion to determine whether a uniform costume is permitted or too close to a real world uniform and to ask an attendee who is wearing a costume that is too close to a real world uniform to adjust it or remove it. 

ROLLER SKATES: The Convention Center has banned roller blades, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, Segways, wheeled shoes such as Heelys, etc. inside the convention. You may carry these items as a prop, but you may not ride them at any time in the convention center. Hoverboards are banned as well. 

THE “PROXIMITY RULE”: Any part of your costume that extends more than four inches (4”) off of your body is officially considered a “prop” (wings, spikes, helmets, etc.) and should adhere to both the costume policies and weapon policies above. GalaxyCon reserves the right to amend or change these rules at any time for any reason to provide for the safety, security and general well being of attendees and the general public.