What is a Masquerade?

No matter what part of fandom you attend, you can find costumes.  In the early days, random people showed up in various outfits and encouraged others to do the same.  Due in large part to the efforts of Bjo and John Trimble, convention Masquerades are now huge events that showcase the talent and invention of our many costumers in all genres.  We have a great tech crew to make the costumes look marvelous, whether in person or via video.

The DisCon III Masquerade

In light of the current pandemic, we have decided to hold a Virtual Masquerade at DisCon III, planned well in advance.  In the event that the convention can be held in person, we will hold a traditional Masquerade as well. Watch this space for information as the situation develops: we have the plans in place to do both versions and that is our ultimate goal.  The rules for the two Masquerades will be different in many ways; if you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to send questions to .

Important Note: You are welcome to be an entrant in both Masquerades.


We are initially publishing rules for the Virtual Masquerade. As and when we are able to announce a traditional, in-person Masquerade, we will publish the rules for it on this page, as well. Please make sure to read all of the rules before you register to take part.

Registration Forms

Registration forms for the Virtual Masquerade will be available here shortly!

Instructional Videos

We are developing some instructional videos to support entrants for the Masquerade. Please check back soon to see them!

Important Dates

Virtual Masquerade

  • Online registration closes: Midnight Eastern time,  July 7,  2021
  • Video submission deadline: August 1, 2021 via your registration form