SoonerCon 25 Costume Contest winners “Groot and Star Lord” by Alexis Bailey.

Costuming and Cosplay at SoonerCon

The SoonerCon 27 Costume Contest is Saturday, June 23rd at 8pm.

Costume Contest sponsored by

Bernina OKC Logo

The Masquerade consists of two parts:

  • Exhibition – This section is non-competitive. The Exhibition is an opportunity for people to take to the stage without the pressure of competition. Hall Costumes are encouraged to participate! There will be limited performance.
  • Contest – This section is competitive. Participants will be judged by a panel of judges. This is a costume contest not a performance contest. Participants will be judged on costume design, construction and craftsmanship, as well as overall appearance.

Costume Contest Categories

There are first place awards for each category and an award for Best of Show.

Convention Theme
Constructed in the Past (Historical/Steampunk):

This category is for contestants who like hoops, corsets and dressing up in clothes from other “past” times, including “pure” historical costumes as well as Steampunk.


This category will be the place for media, comic book, anime, literary (et al.) costumes.


If you are into Zombies, Furries, Fairies and other creatures of imagination, mythology, and lore then this is the place for you.

What the…?

The name says it all. Costumes that have no defined place have a place here. This category is awarded by the Costume Chair as personal favorite.

Show and Tell

Have you spent hours scouring the internet for that perfect piece for your costume? This is the place for you. This category is competitive for presentation, quality, and cohesion, but is not eligible for the grand prize.


Children age 12 and under are encouraged to become excited about costuming and active in the convention community. This category is a wonderful opportunity for them to develop a stage presence while showing off their favorite costume.

All participants must adhere to the Costume Contest rules.

Hall Costumes

In the parlance of science fiction conventions, there are two kinds of costumes: those worn for competition, and those worn around the convention for the fun of it. The latter are called collectively “Hall Costumes.”

Please use common sense when wearing your Hall Costume. Hall Costumes must conform to Convention policies. An escort is recommended if the costume impedes vision and mobility. If carrying a weapon, please be sure to read all weapons policies.

Hall Costumes are invited to show off during the Exhibition part of the Masquerade. If you plan on this, sign up during the pre-show meeting.

Have fun!

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