Marty Gear Memorial Masquerade logo, with Marty Fear as a vampire

Masquerade Totoro

Balticon has an incredibly diverse fandom with some amazing ideas to put on the Masquerade Stage. Please join us for an incredible night of creativity and fun!

The Masquerade will be held in the Main Ballroom beginning at 8:30PM on Saturday (Doors open at 8:00 PM). Individual and group entries each take the stage for a short presentation showcasing their costume. The entries are judged by a panel and awards are given in various categories.
The goal of the Masquerade and Tech crews is to enable our costumers a chance to put on a good show for the enjoyment of all. Everyone is invited to enjoy the display of creativity and artistry that will be on our stage.

For the costumers’ safety, flash photography is not permitted during the performance. However, an area will be available off-stage to photograph the costumers. A DVD containing a multi-camera, edited video of the Masquerade presentation will be available for sale.

For those of you who are new to Balticon, the Masquerade is a great way to see how science fiction and fantasy fans interpret their favorite stories, or even make up some of their own to share. Children will get to show off their favorite characters before the adults get to strut their stuff. Audience response (laughter, cheering, groans for the puns) is as necessary as the costumers themselves.

Established attendees of Balticon come to the Masquerade to cheer on their friends and favorites on stage, and delight in the new ideas that show up year after year.


For those interested in participating, you can find more information here: Balticon 52 Masquerade General Information. The Balticon Masquerade will be run according to the International Costumers Guild guidelines.

Group costumes and individual entries are welcome! Groups of from one (1) to four (4) contestants will be permitted a maximum of one minute (60 seconds) on stage. Groups of five or more will be permitted a maximum of two minutes. Short is better than long.

Please refer to the Masquerade Rules page for important information.

Introducing the Masquerade Director for Balticon 52

Karen Purcell at sewing machine

Dear Masquerade Fans,

My name is Karen Purcell, aka Dr. Karen, and I will be your Balticon 52 Masquerade Director. My Mom taught me to sew as a child, and I have been making my own costumes since my tweens. Over the years, I have been involved in many Masquerades, and look forward to being your director! I love getting to support my fellow costumers in the best ways to share their wonderful creations. Contact me via email: