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General Safety, Cosplay, Expo Hall

General Safety

PLAY NYC's policies are designed to ensure a safe and fun environment for attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers alike. This page is dedicated to explaining each of them in their intent and use as well as our other safety and security policies, including our Cosplay Policy, our Weapons Check policy, and our policies specific to the Expo Hall.

If at any point you feel unsafe at PLAY NYC or that any of the rules have been broken, we ask that you inform a show volunteer or member of PLAY NYC staff immediately. Your safety is our primary concern, and if you feel that safety has been compromised, we will do everything in our power to rectify the issue. Issues of violence and harassment are addressed immediately, with guarded “Safe Areas” being designated in case any incidents do arise.

General Attire

Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times in the convention center. Do not wear clothes that promote porn, strong language, or any other graphic content. This rule applies to language, innuendos, and images. This is a family-friendly convention.

Cosplay Costumes

Costumes must be street-legal and suitable for all audiences, as PLAY NYC is an all-ages convention. Laws of public decency apply — if you would not wear it to the post office, do not wear it at the con.

Ladies: Your costume must cover, at minimum, as much as a modest bathing suit. Breasts need to be 70% covered and buttocks must be completely covered. If your costume calls for a thong, pasties or other below-minimum-coverage elements, please wear a bodysuit beneath it.

Gentlemen: Your costume must cover, at minimum, as much as a typical pair of swimming trunks. If your costume calls for a Speedo-cut brief or other below-minimum-coverage elements, please wear pants or a body suit beneath it. Morph suits and other skin tight unitard-type outfits require appropriate undergarments and should not be worn with nothing underneath!

Genitalia must not be visible through the costume. No one will be permitted to be topless in the convention area due to convention center policy. Liquid latex/ body paint are not regarded as “clothing”. All “private parts” must be covered by actual clothing and you may use liquid latex/body paint as an enhancement.

Appropriate footwear is required at all times in the convention area. If your costume calls for bare feet, you may wear flip-flops or ballet slippers, but the soles of your feet should not come in contact with the floor. If your costume requires a morph suit or unitard-type outfit you must pad the soles of the costume. Make sure you have properly padded your feet.

The illusion of nudity is unacceptable. No Exceptions.

Inline skates (i.e. Rollerblades), roller skates, Togo skates, sneaker skates (i.e. Heelys), and the like may not be worn or used in the convention area. Sneaker skates/Heelys, many only be worn in sneaker form only.

Body makeup that easily smears or transfers to any person or property cannot not be worn. Please properly seal and set all makeup so that does not happen. Staff reserves the right to “smear test” for proper setting of fake blood or makeup. If your makeup does not comply you will be asked to remove the makeup.

You must have a clear line of sight; this includes peripheral vision. Being only able to see through a tiny eye slot does NOT constitute a clear line of sight. If this is unavoidable, cosplayer MUST have a handler at all times. Other cosplayer with masks or heads do not qualify as a handler. This rule does apply to attendees in fur suits as well, you require a handler with you at all times. This is due to the large crowds and tight confines of the convention center space and is for the safety of all.

Please understand that PLAY NYC is a safe place that takes issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, body shaming, and harassment in all forms very seriously. PLAY NYC staff reserves the right to make final judgment calls on what is family friendly. If staff feels that your costume is indecent or inappropriate in any way, you will be asked to change or cover it. Ultimately, PLAY NYC reserves the right to deny any/or all costumes not deemed appropriate and/or safe.

Military Dress

If you intend to wear a uniform that appears realistic, distinguish that it is a costume. If your costume could be mistaken for current military or law enforcement, it is prohibited. No gang signs, no racist symbols. Emblems of genocide are prohibited. Ultimately, PLAY NYC reserves the right to deny any/or all costumes not deemed appropriate and/or safe.

Weapon Props

ALL WEAPON PROPS must be inspected, approved and tagged by Security prior to being carried or displayed in public areas. If you are found to be in violation of this policy, you will be asked to take it back to your room or vehicle. If there are continued violations with the same prop, your weapon will be confiscated and you may be ejected from the convention.

Ultimately, PLAY NYC reserves the right to deny any/or all weapons/props not deemed appropriate and/or safe.

The following projectile weapons are NOT permitted at PLAY NYC: Dart guns BB guns Crossbows Real firearms Projectile weapons are limited to the following (*upon inspection by security): Replica/Artificial firearms All replica firearms must contain a distinguishable orange tip Any replica firearm which mimics realistic movement and/or sound is prohibited (e.g. cap guns, battery operated). 

Projectile weapons may not fire any type of solid, liquid or gas All projectile weapons with moveable triggers are required to be zip tied in place (peace-bonded). 

No live steel (edged metal weapons) will be permitted. Bladed replica weapons must be made of a non-metal, non-sharp material, must be no more than 72 inches in length, and must be approved by Security.

If you are seen carrying a non-compliant weapon in convention areas, it will be confiscated and held by Security until the end of the convention. If weapons violations are repeated, PLAY NYC reserves the right to expel all violators from the convention without refund, as well as the right to ban the same from future shows.

Props & Accessories Policy

Props carried in public areas must be no more than 72 inches/6 feet in length. This is for the safety of all con goers, as well as to prevent damage to personal property. If your prop is larger than 72 inches/6 feet, please do not bring it into public areas.

Props larger than 72” total must break down into pieces no larger than 72” while on the convention floor. You may assemble them for photos, if you are completely out of the flow of traffic and there is room to do so.

Metal props may not be carried in public areas. This applies to any large props and weapons, as well as small hand props such as shuriken, fans, wrenches or other items. Metal is permitted on the costume itself, provided it extends no more than 2 inches from the body in any direction, is in no way sharp, and does not present a safety hazard, as determined by convention staff.

Use caution when carrying or displaying large props. If you are seen wielding a large prop in a reckless or dangerous manner, your prop may be confiscated. If convention staff feel that your prop poses a risk to others, you will be asked to remove the item from public areas, or it may be confiscated.

No adult-themed props/paraphernalia are permitted.

Prohibited Materials

Inflammable materials such as candles, fireworks, sparklers, liquid fuels or other fire hazards are strictly prohibited. Small personal smoking paraphernalia (cigarettes, lighter, etc.) may be carried, but may not be used in public convention areas.

Your costume should not shed. Please avoid loose materials such as sand, glitter, confetti, flower petals or other items that are designed to fall, scatter or otherwise separate from your costume.

No drones and dirigibles, flying objects, thrown objects.

At the discretion of security staff on site, the following may be permitted (all of the below items are still subject to approval onsite and we reserve the right to refuse any prop): Plastic and metal shields (metal shields must demonstrate no sharp edges) Lightweight plastic, PVC props and lightsabers; must be clearly and visibly a prop Bows that are loosely strung and incapable of shooting arrows Plastic, cardboard or foam props.

All props must be peace bonded by the PLAY NYC staff. Peace bonding is mandatory. You may also be checked at any time by PLAY NYC staff.

Do not brandish props in a threatening manner. Be aware of how security personnel may interpret your actions, in or outside of convention areas.

Keep props in convention areas. If you leave the con premises, please put away any prop weaponry (even if it clearly looks fake).

Violation of these rules could result in ejection from the con or law enforcement notification. PLAY NYC cannot be responsible for damage incurred to your costume during the convention, and reserves the right to ask you to change if your outfit is not acceptable.

PLAY NYC will not be responsible for storing or watching any part of your costume for any amount of time.

No outside food and beverage and no helium balloons.


For safety reasons, the following are not allowed to be used specifically inside the expo hall: Strollers (they may be carried), Stilts Remote controlled vehicles Rollerskates, rollerblades, and other forms of recreational wheeled transport.

Given the crowd density, situations that require mass egress would be restricted by these devices. Stopping in Expo Hall aisles for cosplay photos is not permitted.


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