Contest Rules & Guidelines

1. All contestants must be registered Sinister Creature Con attendees to participate in the Cosplay Event Day of convention.

2. This is a family friendly convention! This means that all costumes must be secure with no chance of “slippage”.

3. Store/online bought costumes are eligible for the Novice award. This is where you if you are a first-time cosplayer made part of your costume or bought it. We want to see you shine!


4. Anyone who wishes to participate who is under the age of 14 must have a Legal parent or guardian sign them up and sign a release waiver.


5. Youths under the age of 10 must go on stage with their parent or have their parent waiting right off the stage.


6. To be eligible for more advanced awards 85% of the costume must be made.


7. For group cosplays to be eligible everyone needs to be in a costume and be participating in the cosplay.


8. All props, costumes must be taken on and off stage by the contestants. Do not leave a mess or you will have points docked from your total score.


9. Judges reserve the right to change the category you are placed in.


10. There will be no skits or presentations, this is strictly walk on contest.


11. Please keep a safe distance, be respectful and consider peoples wishes of space.


Thank you!


Awards for Sinister Creature Con:


We are limited categories for this show only, Safety First.

· Best in Show

· Novice Costume

· Intermediate Costume

· Advanced Costume

· Best Youth Costume

· Makeup/Prosthetics

· Judges Awards


Meet Your Mistress of Ceremonies


Mercury Rising is Sacramento California's number 1 drag queen voted by the people three years running. She is the hostess for the local Saturday shows at Capitol Garage and Solomons Delicatessen as well as a regular host at Badlands and Faces in the Lavender Hights area on 21st and K street.


Known as the “trash goddess” “parking lot Princess” and the overall “jackass of drag” Mercury Rising has become one of the most influential drag entertainers and show hostesses in the Northern California area.

Meet Your Judges


SoFettUp from HopeItHolds Cosplay and Props. Cosplayer and prop builder for the last 10 years. Most notable cosplays include Blink the Weaping Angel, BRIDE of Frankenstein, and FNAF. Began prop building in a yearly yard haunt for Halloween, expanded to costuming and prop building for local comic book conventions

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The Gotthiccc Non-Binary Drag Queen known for their killer makeup looks, nerdy pop-culture cosplays, and insane spooky and kooky energy! They have been cosplaying for over 5 years with characters from anime to deep horror to some random meme reference. 3 years ago they decided to incorporate their cosplay into Drag and the rest is FIERCE!

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Ellie Vyra is a youtuber, pro wrestling trainee, and cosplayer of over 15 years. She has a love of all things spooky, especially creepy-cute monsters and B-horror movies. 

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Frankie Vanity comes to Sinister Creature Con as Cosplay Director and Judge with 16 years of cosplay and public relations experience in Comic, Anime and Event Coordinating. She was a costume design for over 25 years in theater, independent film, and haunted houses. She has a Sacramento Ellie Nomination under her belt for Best Costumes for Equus at The Show Below (now The William J Geery Theater). Most well know for her Daphne Blake costume that she has been cosplaying for 16 years, she is now enjoying this new journey into the horror side.

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The Cosplay Team

The Cosplay Director

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