Costume and Weapon Policy


To ensure the safety of all attendees, guests, exhibitors, and staff members, the Verde Valley Comic Expo has rules in place for costumes, props, and prop weapons.


The Verde Valley Comic Expo reserves the right to determine on a case-by-case basis what is considered a prohibited costume prop or prop weapon.

  • If the Verde Valley Comic Expo staff identifies any costume prop or weapon prop to be dangerous, at entry or any time during the show, you will be asked to remove that item from the premises or it will be confiscated.

  • If your costume prop or weapon prop is confiscated, it will be tagged with your name and held by the Verde Valley Comic Expo staff. It will be returned to you once you depart the event. Please have a valid government-issued identification card with you to reclaim your confiscated item(s).

  • The Verde Valley Comic Expo cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of confiscated items under its possession. When in doubt, leave it at home!

  • Arguing with the Verde Valley Comic Expo staff is grounds for removal from the convention premises without a refund. The Verde Valley Comic Expo staff have the task of ensuring the safety of every attendee, guest, exhibitor, and staff member. Anyone arguing with or disrespecting security staff is subject to expulsion from the convention.


If you are not willing to comply with the following policies, please do not bring your costume props and/or prop weapons. All costumes, costume weapons, and costume props must conform to federal, state, and local laws. They must also conform to these policies to ensure the safety of all attendees, guests, exhibitors, and convention staff:

  • All costume props and weapons MUST be inspected and peace bonded prior to entry. Again, peace bonding is MANDATORY FOR ENTRY and tags must remain in place and not be removed while on the premises. Do not attempt to peace bond a prop yourself before entering. The Verde Valley Comic Expo will have specific tags for the event!

  • The Verde Valley Comic Expo reserves the right to forbid any item from entering the convention if it is deemed a potential hazard.

  • Super-realistic military, police, or firefighter costumes must be identified to staff as costumes upon entry.

  • Metal armor and shields must have dull edges, as to not potentially injure anyone.

  • Costume weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons.

Prop firearms:

  • Must not be metal or metal composite. Absolutely NO metal replica firearms will be permitted. (e.g. metal airsoft guns, metal replica western revolvers with plugged barrels, etc, are not permitted)

  • Must have a red or orange cap at the end of the barrel.

  • After inspection by peace bonding, all prop firearms will have zip ties attached to their triggers indicating that they are unusable as weapons and safe for display.

  • Any prop weapons capable of firing projectiles (such as Nerf guns, airsoft guns, slingshots, etc.) MUST be rendered inoperable.

  • Projectiles of any kind are forbidden. This includes airsoft ammo, Nerf darts/arrows, water, "exploderz", fluids or any other substances, soft or hard, which can be fired from a weapon.

  • Bows may be strung but only loosely in a manner that would not allow them to be fired. Arrows must be bundled and zip-tied into a quiver. Arrows may not be placed on the bow in a firing position at any time. Arrow props must not have tips and must not be fired under any circumstances.

  • If the prop weapon is made of steel or of a similar metal (sword, spear, etc.), it must be secured inside a sheath. At no time shall a real metal weapon be removed from its sheath. Sharpened blades of any kind are not permitted. Sufficiently blunt wooden staves and bullwhips are permitted, subject to peace bonding at entry.

  • Do not brandish costume and weapon props in a threatening manner. Please be aware of how security and law enforcement personnel may interpret your actions, in or outside of convention areas.

  • Any costume props and/or prop weapons purchased from vendor areas will be peace bonded by the Verde Valley Comic Expo staff member to conform to the rules listed above.

  • If your peace bonding tag comes off or is broken, please see a Verde Valley Comic Expo staff member to have a new tag placed on your costume or weapon prop.

  • Do not attempt to remove any peace bonding tags while on the convention floor. Security and staff will be watching everyone at all times to ensure that every prop is peace bonded.

  • Violations of the above costume, costume prop, and weapon prop rules may result in ejection from the Verde Valley Comic Expo without refund and possible notification of local law enforcement.

Remember, convention safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see something suspicious, report it to a staff member or security immediately!