Welcome to the Norwescon Masquerade!

This is the highlight of the convention Saturday night and we would like to invite you to participate in the Norwescon 42 masquerade. It is open to all convention members of all costuming skill levels and is held on Saturday night of the convention. This is your chance to shine and strut your stuff for a standing room only audience.

Official rules and entrance information will be posted later this year.

Congratulations to the winners of the Norwescon 41 Masquerade!

Best Workmanship:

  • Rising Star: Kawaii-chan, Alita Quinn
  • Novice Class: Valka, Jenn Carter
  • Journeyman Class: Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn, Kelly Blacker
  • Master Class: Cassian Andor in Disguise, Morgan Herring, worn by David Duran-Rios
  • Judges’ Choice: Edda Blackbosom, Sam Petro
  • Best in Show: Scarlett Witch O’Hara, Ceresa O’Bryan

Best Presentation:

  • Rising Star: Kawaii-chan, Alita Quinn
  • Novice Class: Claire’s Wedding Dress, Carol & Tom Williams
  • Journeyman Class: Scarlett Witch O’Hara, Ceresa O’Bryan
  • Master Class: All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, Diana Daniels, Lindie Schmidt, Erik Prill
  • Judges’ Choice: Team Rocket, Chris, Shannon, and Heaven Blake
  • Best in Show: Queens: Opposites Attract, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Bronwyn Thomas

Norwescon Masquerade Skill Divisions

Anyone may choose to compete in a higher skill division. Group presentations will be judged based on the highest skill division of the individual members.

Rising Star is for any contestant 13 years of age or younger who is not part of an adult group. Rising Star costumes must be made by the entrant with no more than a minimum amount of supervisory help. An adult-made costume may not be entered in this category and should instead be entered in the appropriate skill division of the adult.

Novice is for any contestant who has not previously won an award for a costume in any masquerade, or who has won a maximum of two awards in the Novice division for different costumes at a world-class convention masquerade such as World Con or Costume Con, or at a regional convention masquerade such as Norwescon or Westercon.

Journeyman is for any contestant who has won a maximum of three awards for different costumes in the Novice division at a world-class or regional convention masquerade.

Master is for any contestant who has won four or more awards for different costumes in the Journeyman or Master division, or who has won one or more Best in Show awards, at a regional or world-class convention masquerade. Professional costumers must enter the Master division.

The masquerade director may change your skill division if needed.

Children’s Masquerade

Have a padawan learner in the family? Or a Crusader knight? A fairy princess who wants to show off her wings? Bring them to the Norwescon Children’s Masquerade! The children’s masquerade allows children who are too young to compete as Rising Stars (self made costumes by children 13 years and under) to show off their costumes. To accommodate early bedtimes and short attention spans, the children’s masquerade is the first part of the Masquerade. But should you wish to see the rest of the amazing costumes, seats will be saved for you and your child.

Since entrants will go on stage shortly after 8:00 p.m., all children wishing to enter must meet with the Children’s Masquerade head prior to the Masquerade. We will have forms and all necessary info available for you, then. Bring your Star Trek ensigns, aspiring Quidditch players and Narnian queens to Norwescon’s masquerade in April!

Masquerade Judging

Presentation judging is mandatory. It consists of your presentation on stage. It judges everything from your costume’s appearance from stage, to how you act and move, to your music and voiceovers, etc. The Judges will give awards divided by skill levels and excellence of performance within those different skill levels.

Workmanship judging is optional. It takes place in the masquerade backstage area before the show begins. It allows the workmanship judges to consider exceptional accomplishment in crafting costumes, props, and accessories. This is the place where exquisite attention to detail may be recognized. Re-creation costumes (a costume whose design is copied from a film, television show, theatrical presentation, book illustration, comic, work of art, or other medium) must provide a color picture of the original for the workmanship judges. Let your Den Parent know if you want your costume and/or props and accessories judged for workmanship.

Norwescon Masquerade Videos

Video of the Norwescon 40 Masquerade and many earlier Norwescon Masquerades are available for purchase. Please contact Alan Halfhill directly with inquiries.

DVD – $15; Blu-Ray – $20

Postal address:
Alan Halfhill
P.O. Box 312
Carlsborg, WA 98324-0312

Paypal address: halfmac at mac.com


The Masquerade is looking for two types of Volunteers: assistants and performers.

The assistants help enable the show to go off without a problem. There is a need for Stage Ninjas (must be 16+ yrs.), Den Parents, Ushers, Door Guards, etc. If you would like to help, please contact Volunteers through our contact page and they will pass your information along to the Masquerade.

The performers are up on stage showing off the costumes that make up our show. If you have a costume you would like to present, one that will impress the audience and judges, this is the option for you. No experience required and there is time to ask questions and practice in advance of the event.

Come one, come all! Let us make this one of the best Masquerades ever!

Questions or comments? Please contact Special Events through our contact page.

Norwescon Masquerade Rules

Please review these rules carefully. Violation of any rule will disqualify an entry. Please help us make the masquerade safe and enjoyable.

  1. Never surprise the Masquerade Director.
  2. No jumping off or throwing things off the stage.
  3. No live firearms, no live explosions or fire. All weapons must be peace bonded except as needed for stage presentation. If you have a two-piece swinging/spinning weapon, ensure it is completely anchored together.
  4. Contestants must go to one of the Pre-Masquerade meetings.
  5. The masquerade is PG-13. Lack of costume is not a costume.
  6. Purchased or rented costumes may not be entered in competition. Credit must be given for all makeup and costume construction.
  7. Costumes can be no longer than twelve feet, no taller than ten feet, and no wider than six feet.
  8. No live microphones are provided for contestants.
  9. Sound CDs/Jump drives/MP3s must be turned in at one of the two Pre-Masquerade meetings. Bring two copies of your sound accompaniment to the meeting of your choice (see rule #4).
  10. No messy substances – wet, dry, or oily – that might ruin another’s contestant or make the stage dangerous are permitted.
  11. No flash photography is permitted while contestants are on stage or in the backstage area. A designated photo area will be provided for contestant photos after the masquerade.
  12. Last but not least, the Masquerade Director has the final say.

Default Tech

  1. Lights black with spotlight on MC, ninjas set any props.
  2. MC introduces the contestant.
  3. Lights & sound up on the contestant’s entrance: MC reads dialogue if not on jump drive/CD.
  4. Sound & lights fade as contestants exits; MC announces contestant info & ninjas strike props.
  5. Contestant goes down the front runway and down the stairs to be lead down the walk way to the lobby for photos.
Masquerade Stage Layout


Every presentation should have a soundtrack; it makes it easier for you to rehearse and time your presentation, adds impact, and focuses the audience’s attention. It can be music, sound effects or something you record yourself such as dialogue. If you don’t provide a soundtrack, we’ll play some generic music.

Our Master of Ceremonies can also read out a script or other text which you can give to us when you register for the Masquerade. We won’t be able to let you speak on stage, so pre-record your words and practice them or give them to the MC to read. Please have it typed or printed clearly in a BIG font so it can easily be read in low light. Without an introduction, the MC will announce only your entry number, division and title at the beginning of your presentation. After your presentation is complete he will read your credits.

In addition to your presentation sound, if you have chosen a piece of music from a CD or music file, please bring the original CD or file with you, we may be able to use it. Please write the track number legibly on the original CD. We will only be able to cue a CD or file to the beginning of a particular track (there is not enough time during the Masquerade to cue within a track). If this is the case for your music, please record it to a separate medium ahead of time.

Turn in your music at any of the mandatory Masquerade Meetings. We will make every attempt to return your media to you after the Masquerade.

We can accept the following:

  •  Standard audio CD
  • CD-R (create as a standard audio CD, burn only 1 track, make 2 copies) (preferred)
  • USB stick
  • SD card (Secure Digital)

We can accept the following types of files:

  • .aiff
  • .flac
  • .m4a
  • .m4p
  • .mp3
  • .ra
  • .wav
  • .wma

If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact Alex Kiwerski.


To register for the Norwescon 41 Masquerade, please review the information below, and then complete this registration form. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 30th. Applicants must attend one of the pre-Masquerade meetings.


To register for the Norwescon 40 Masquerade, please review the information above, and then complete this registration form. Applications must be submitted by 11am on Saturday, April 15th. Applicants must attend one of the two pre-Masquerade meetings (details to be announced later).