FAQ Monday – Can you cosplay outside of conventions?

January 23, 2012

Aside from the legal limits of your country, there is nothing to stop you from cosplaying outside of a convention. So yes, you can cosplay when a convention is not going on but it isn’t always a good idea.

If you are particularly antsy and can’t wait for a convention try checking cosplay discussion boards in your area. Some people run cosplay or photoshoot events between cons and they are both a great chance to wear your costume and make friends with other cosplayers. The bigger ones I know of in Toronto (Canada) are the Cosplay Skate where everyone goes skating in or out of costume, there is also the Cosplay Picnic that is a photoshoot / picnic hangout that takes place in the summer. If you can’t find anything in your area you could also think about starting your own event!

Please keep in mind that people will be looking at you funny, asking odd questions, and you may get some negative comments. Seeing costumes is not a normal thing outside of events and stage shows and not everyone is very open to the idea. Certain places, such as stores and malls, may kick you out if they believe you are a disturbance so it is important to choose your cosplay location wisely and be aware of your behavior. Remember it makes everyone who dresses up look bad when you damage property, try to freak out “normals”, and otherwise act rude or loud. This also applies to situations where you unintentionally cosplay outside of a convention, such as going outside of the convention area to eat, using public transportation to and from a con, pick up a last minute thing from a store, etc.

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  • 1. Anonymous  |  February 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Valuable information. Fortunate me I discovered your site by chance, and I am stunned why this coincidence didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

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  • 2. D  |  June 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Good stuff!

    I don’t go to a lot of conventions, but love cosplay. I am sometimes tempted to go to random places in costume for non-photo days, but I’m conflicted. I strongly believe in there being a time and place for things–immodesty, shocking attire, costumes may not maintain the order of things. That sounds boring, but really, each culture has it’s way to do things. It can be distracting to see naked body parts in public places, a bright ballgown in a place of quiet study! Conversations will be interrupted and people may be even offended. Those people, too, need to be respected. When I went to a bookstore cafe in a costume–on Halloween, I got a few unhappy looks. Maybe it is because I’m well into adulthood. It made me sad, but more careful. Parks and places where various photo shoot locations are common for my photos, don’t often bring too much surprise. Downtown in an event location area have been good. For after photos, I have relaxed in costume at a classy bar I am known at. Places with lots of young people seem better than a place with a mix of age groups. The more care you take, the more fun everyone has!

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