Costumed Talents Etiquette Guidelines
courtesy of Obi-Wan's Jedi Academy
(yes, the context is more for Star Wars but it can also be adjust for other Fandom
This may seem like a silly subject to be addressing, but there are some costuming etiquette tips to keep in mind when you go out in public, appear at conventions, theatres, etc.. Remember folks, when you go dressed as a character from Star Wars, you are representing George Lucas' vision. You also need to remember small children don't fully understand what's going on…some of them think you are a real Stormtrooper, Darth Vader or whoever it is you are dressed as. Try to remember some of the following when in costume: Patience, young Jedi...
When in the vicinity of children, even when taking a break, try not to smoke. This can "cheapen" the fans experience. The Green Room.
If you've been invited to a convention/event, chances are your hosts will provide a room with drinks, snacks, etc.. Be sure to take a moment to relax and enjoy yourselves, but not at the expense of your event. Watch your language.
Also when around small children please do not curse. We'd hate to turn off a new generation of Star Wars fans, or their parents. Gimmie money!
If you do decide to take pictures with children or sign their photos, it's only right to NOT accept money from them or their parents. Going to conventions in costume should be another perk for the other fans there, not a money making attraction for you.
There are sometimes exceptions to this suggestion, like raising money to give to charity, as many of the events 501st Stormtrooper Legion participates in. Make time for pictures.
Please don't refuse photos. Even if you're enroute somewhere, take the time to pose for the cameras. You'll give someone a memory they can cherish for years to come.
Don't scare the children.
Small children may or may not have seen Star Wars. Those who haven't will not recognize you or your costume. If you wear a mask and a child is starting to shy away or cry, remove your mask to show them there is really a person underneath.
On the same note, don't intentionally scare children. Kids can be a lot of fun at conventions if you let them. Be Prepared...
Generally speaking, most people are very nice and pleasant to deal with. There are also people you'd rather avoid if you can help it. Small children (and their parents) sometimes see costumers as targets and they will sometimes try to have fun at your expense, especially if they've been drinking.
Take things in stride, but don't be a pushover. Avoiding a confrontation is the best way to handle one. If you have a designated "floater" (a person who isn't in costume that helps your group), have them look around for potential problems. Do you work for Lucas?
Never say you work for or are affiliated with LucasFilm. Honesty is always the best policy. Contributors: Chris Albright, Jason Thompson