Costume Con returns to San Diego

May 20, 2018 by  

This month saw almost 500 costumers attend a three-day event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley.

Karen Schnaubelt founded Costume Con in San Diego in 1982, but the event began rotating cities in 1983, going to Baltimore, Australia, Montreal, San Jose, and others, but not coming back to San Diego—until now.

The 2018 Costume Con was organized by Rebecca Rowan, who said many people attend Costume Con annually to get ready for other costume competitions. At this year’s convention, for example, there were panels on how to create transformations through makeup, as well as classes on how to sew ribbon cockades, and embroidery for beginners.

Although learning to make their costumes better is one main reason people attend, others enjoy wearing their latest costumes for an audience that is certain to appreciate them. Among those who shared their talent were Doctor Who, the Mad Hatter, and the White Rabbit.

People of all ages attend Costume Con, but most tend to be older people who have been costuming for a long time. Rowan said they are trying to draw younger participants so the convention will continue in future, and use a yearly masquerade ball to attract attendees. The masquerades have science fiction themes, and this year, the highlight was a 16-foot dragon it took three people to operate.

Organizers of this type of event might consider distributing promotional products to call attention to similar upcoming meetings.