The High Voltage ConFusion formal masquerade will be held in Salon E on Saturday, January 19 2008, with Throwing Toasters as Master of Ceremonies. We invite all convention members and guests to join us to appreciate and applaud the costumers and their creations as they parade for the judges. (The Judges panel will include our Artist Guest of Honor Carl Lundgren!)

The masquerade is scheduled for 8pm on Saturday, with a 7pm muster call for participants. Ribbons, certificates and even prizes are in the works for those who dare to compete and those who are lucky enough (or should we say "skilled enough") to win. A special award is offered for the Masquerade entry judged as the Best Battery-Powered Costume (you didn't really think we were going to suggest high-voltage costumes?). The awards will be announced once the judges have completed their deliberations.

As in the past, there will be various awards determined by a panel of judges. The masquerade will include a juniors competition, for those 13 and under, and optional workmanship judging. If numbers warrant, the formal masquerade will use division competition, which groups entries by experience and provides a more level playing field for all. Costumes must be registered for the masquerade, so that we have all your information and a signed release. These and other details are included in the rules (yes, there are rules) attached to the registration form (yes, there is a form).

Common Questions About Registration and Rules

Q: How do I register for the masquerade?

A: To register, complete the registration form available at Ops or from the website. You can advance register before the con, pre-register at the con by 3pm Saturday afternoon, or late register at the muster on Saturday night.

  1. Advance Registration: Contact before midnight January 16, 2008.
  2. Pre-Registration: Download the form from the website or pick one up at the con from Ops. Complete the form and drop it off at Ops NO LATER THAN 3PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 19.
  3. Late Registration: Bringing your completed form with you to the Muster at 7pm.

We will accept registrations at the Muster, but it is MUCH easier to set up the Masquerade if people register in advance. Please, help us out and register by 3pm Saturday if at all possible. [NOTE: If you have sound for your entry, you MUST register by 3pm. We will NOT offer sound for entries registering at the Muster.]

Q: I don't want to compete, just be in the display stream. Do I still have to register?

A: Yes, please. The registration form is how the MC will know how to introduce your costume.

Q: Why is the registration form 3 pages long?

A: Our form is three pages long because during the actual masquerade, one page is used by the MC, one page is used by the tech person, and one page is retained at all times by the director, so we never lose track of who was in the show.

Q: Why are there so many rules?

A: It looks like we have a lot of rules because we've written them to be specific (each rule is on a different subject). Every rule in the list is there because it applies either to concerns common to most masquerades or to a situation we encountered at ConFusion (or another similar convention) in recent years. We figure if we had to deal with something once, it's likely to come up again, and if it's in the rules we don't have to make one up on the spot.

Hall Costumes

In addition to the formal Masquerade, we will also have judges circulating on Saturday afternoon and evening looking for hall costumes that deserve special recognition.

Junk Pile Wars

Ever looked at a winning costume and thought "I could do that, with one hand tied behind my back and only one hour to make it?" Well, here's your chance to prove it!!

This year ConFusion will once again be offering DIY costumers a chance to play Junk Pile Wars. We supply basic tools, a room, and a pile of random supplies. You supply your innate creativity and craft a costume in only one hour. That's 60 minutes, in case you're counting, and we will be. Afterwards, go that one step further and compete in the special popular-vote lightning round at the Masquerade.

Junkpile Wars is currently scheduled for 6pm Saturday evening to lead you into the Masquerade. The freeforall workshop will be limited to 10 participants. Watch this space for more details!!

Rules for the Junk Pile Wars can be found in this document.

NOTE: Junk Pile Wars needs your junk! Please see this page for details.

Participate in the 2008 ConFusion Masquerade! Confound the experts in Junk Pile Wars! Bring your Hall Costumes! Bring your battery packs! Show your creativity! Show your energy!


Contact the Masquerade Director by email at



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