The FearCon is the convention in Europe that brings all science fiction fans together in Bonn, Germany! The traditional costume contest is the stage for all those who excel in their fandom and love to present their self-made costumes in friendly competition.

In this year Hydra Forge presents this distinguished event with outstanding costumes and amazing ideas. With an impressive track record of performing at conventions, tradeshows and events these guys are fit for the challenge and honor of being this year´s host.

The presentation of your costumes on stage is not just for you, it is an amazing experience for the audience. Rewarding prizes and unforgettable memories await you. Perform live and impress a jury of well-known actors, artists and experts. Enjoy being celebrated as a winner in a spectacular award giving ceremony.

Pick up your space helmet, charge your batteries of your laserweapons and beam yourself here!!

Terms of Participation

  • The minimum age is 16 years at the time of the competition for the judged part
  • The costume must not have been judged in any FearCon contest before
  • The costume has to fit to the terms of FearCon (if you are unsure please send an email)
  • A valid ticket for the upcoming FearCon must have been purchased and confirmed (see above)
  • The registration deadline is set to 3 weeks prior the FearCon
  • The costume has to be built by yourself for the most part (built, not bought)
  • The inspiring character must be shown on a photo


How is the contest structured?
The participants present their costumes at Sunday evening with short acts on stage. Accompanied by self chosen music they do a walk on stage while pictures of their character are presented at the big screen. Parallely, the act will be commented and facts concerning the costume will be delivered.

Your stage time will be 1,5 minutes (including: moderation, 30 seconds of walk with music, Jury/host comment, walk away).

Since we have a limited schedule for the contest we reserve the right to do a pre-judging if there are too much participants. If it is necessary to do it, the pre judging will be set right before the contest. The intention is to avoid the wearing of an uncomfortable costume for a longer time. Within the pre judging the jury will take a closer look at the costumes and ask several questions. We will inform you if the pre judging will happen about time and place.
May I choose the background music?
Of course it is your decision which music belongs perfectly to your performance. Due to the organization the chosen titles have to reach us at least 3 weeks before FearCon. The music sequences will take 30 seconds but please send us the whole song.
Is a group presentation possible?
Yes. Every group participant has to sign a personal formular and mention the group name.
Who is the jury?
Well-known actors, artists and fandom-experts. The jury will be announced soon.
Will there be a dress rehearsal?
Yes, there will be a dress rehearsal at the evening before. We will inform you concerning the details. The particular information will be announced.
How long will the contest take?
The contest will take all in all about 2 1/2 hour.
Which costumes are allowed?
Each costume fitting to the themes of FearCon. It can represent a character out of a book, film, Anime or game. Self-invented costumes are also allowed. Both have to be mostly built by yourself. The costume must not be judged in any FearCon contest before.
Which weapons are allowed?
See encyclopedia Waffen) of FearCon.
Will there be a possibility to change our outfit?
Yes, we will inform you about time and place where you will be able to change your outfits.
Can I store my clothes/bags/costume?
You can leave your things at the hotel's garderobe for a small change.
Will there be drinks?
During the contests drinks will be put for you at backstage.
Are there mirrors and toilets?
You can find enough toilets with mirrors in the Hotel.
May I bring an assistant because I am disabled?
Disabled people are allowed to bring an assistant to the event for free.
I am disabled or suffer from body issues (e.g. back pain) and I am not able to wear my costume for a longer time
If you have such restrictions please mention it in your formular. We will find a solution together.
Is it allowed to use special effects like Pyro, light and fog?
Pyro-effects are not allowed, light and stage effects are realized by the technique team.
Which props and setting is allowed?
You are not allowed to bring a set. Only props that directly belong to your costume are allowed.
Can I get a microphone/headset?
If you want to say something please mention it in your formular.

We assume that the host may ask you some questions to your costume. If you don’t want to get interviewed on stage, please mention it as well in your formular.
Is it possible to sing?
Due to technical issues it is not possible to do a singing act.
Which categories will be judged?
As upper catagories there will be a difference between presentation and crafting. The particular critics will be announced as well.
Which prizes are available?
The prizes will be announced soon via the Hydra Forge website and the appending Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Will there be a photographer?
Yes, one of our photographers will be there to take pictures of your performance. Furthermore, you can always visit us at our Hydra Forge booth to use it as a background and take pictures.
How do I get to the location? Where can I park?
These questions are answered under the menu point "About - Hotel & Approach
In order to take part in our cosplay contest you need a ticket for the show. Please provide your ticket number within the registration.

Music for your stage time: you can choose your own music or you can leave that to us. If you bring your own music you have to provide us with it at least 3 weeks prior to the show.

All other information is provided in the FAQ. If you have further questions please contact us at

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