Cosplay and prop rules

Cosplaying at The Star Wars Neon Run? That’s awesome! We have some rules though to make sure everyone is safe and has an amazing time.


NOTE: ALL RULES ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE.

1. NUMBER ONE COSPLAY RULE

Assult of any kind at the Star Wars Neon Run will be dealt with according to the law. Do not touch anyone without permission. If you aren’t sure, don’t touch. If you are made to feel uncomfortable for any reason, please see a staff member or volunteer as soon as possible. Star Wars Neon Run is an inclusive, safe, family friendly environment. Give people the personal space they want.

2. THERE’S KIDS AROUND

This is not the Star Wars Burlesque Show. Make sure your cosplay is PG rated. This is a family event. If staff deem your cosplay inappropriate, you will be asked to leave the venue (at their discretion). If you wouldn’t wear it in front of your grandmother, don’t wear it to the Star Wars Neon Run. Cover up. Also keep in mind that you will need to get to the event, likely on public transport. Please be aware of the people around you who may be uncomfortable with your props.

3. THINK ABOUT PRACTICALITY

If you can’t fit through the door of a portaloo with your prop or cosplay outfit, then you might have an issue…

4. NO SHARP THINGS OR GLASS

Picture yourself walking along a street and someone bustles past you with a giant pointy thing or a glass pointy thing. You feel all the pointy bits poking you, or worse, you get a pointy thing cut! Those things hurt! Remember, this is a fun run. Pointy and sharp things can hurt someone & can also just be really annoying. If you’re cosplaying as Darth Maul, just make sure those horns are soft and you’ll be fine! No glass.

5. LIGHTSABERS

Yes you can bring your amazing lighsaber you bought off Ebay with your birthday money. However, please don’t engage in any fighting involving fast movement, no spinny kicks or hitting anyone with your lighstaber (or any other authorised prop). The course is a course, not an open field for free-play fighting. You could be in close proximity to other people who aren’t expecting your super fast jedi moves.

5. DOES IT GO POP, BANG OR EXPLODE? YOU CANT BRING IT

Don’t bring this stuff! No fireworks, no lasers, no chemicals, nothing that will go POP, BANG, or EXPLODE. If you wouldn’t use it in your home because your neighbours would complain, don’t bring it to the event. It WILL be confiscated and you won’t get it back. You may also be asked to leave the event.

6. NO FIREARMS, REAL OR FAKE (OR EVEN JUST REAL-LOOKING)

This is state law, including fake or toy guns. Read up on Victorian state laws regarding firearms in public, and make sure your prop firearm has a fluorescent tip at the end to indicate it isn’t functional.
Click here to read about state law

7. PROJECTILES

If you REALLY have to bring that nerf gun, that’s okay, but don’t bring the projectiles that shoot out of it. Those things end up all over the place and can be damaging to your fellow participants and the environment. Water guns are fine as long as they’re empty. If you must have a bow and arrow, make sure it isn’t capable of shooting anything.

9. NO DENSE AND HEAVY PROPS

If you cant walk down the end of your driveway carrying it without awkwardly throwing it around to use the different musles in your arms, you can’t make it 5km with it. Don’t bring anything weighty that could potentially hurt someone. You are not the hulk.

Proudly Supporting Homelessness in Melbourne

Upon ticket purchase, participants will have the opportunity to give back to Star Wars Neon Run’s official charity partner, Magpie Nest, and create a personal fundraising page to raise much-needed funds for people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne.

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