People in costumes on a stage

Balticon has an incredibly diverse fandom with some amazing ideas to dress up both our hallways and the Masquerade Stage. Please join us for an incredible night of creativity and fun!


Cosplay, or the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, is a strong component of Balticon. Many attendees choose to wander around the con dressed as their favorite character. Anonymous judges will award Hall Costume Contest ribbons throughout the weekend. The costuming highlight of the weekend is the Masquerade held on Saturday evening.

Balticon offers hours of costuming panels, workshops, and presentations. We try to schedule the majority before the Masquerade so that novices can pick up last minute coaching, if desired.

The Marty Gear Memorial Masquerade​

The Marty Gear Memorial Masquerade will be held at 8 pm on Saturday in the Main Ballroom. (Doors open 30 minutes before the event.) Individual and group contestants take the stage for a short presentation showcasing their costumes. Children will get to show off their favorite characters before the adults strut their stuff. Our team of expert judges award points in several categories, including creativity, craftsmanship, and presentation. Winners are announced at the end of the evening. The goal of the Masquerade is to give our costumers a chance to share their talent and put on a good show for the enjoyment of all. Everyone is invited to enjoy the display of creativity and artistry that will be on stage.


Professional photography will take place in the Guilford room starting at 6 pm.

In the ballroom during the presentations, use available light only for photos and videos. Be sure to turn off the automatic flash on your camera or phone. The flash can disorient the costumers on stage.

At 8 pm, an area for fans to take posed costume photos will be set up in the hallway to the left ballroom as you face it.  It will be available until all the presentations are completed.  Flash may be used here.

All questions can be directed to the Masquerade director at

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