No harassment - Have fun without encroaching on the fun of others. Tidewater Horror Convention is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Respect the personal space, privacy, opinions, and feelings of your fellow members. Cosplay is not consent. Just because someone is dressed provocatively does not mean that want to be touched or photographed without explicit consent. Violations to this rule will be taken very seriously and often involve the police if we, or the victim, feel assault or other crime has occurred.
Obey hotel rules - Follow all hotel rules and the direction of hotel staff.
Keep walkways clear - For fire codes and everyone's happiness, you must keep the walkways clear. Please step to the side to an alcove or sitting area for conversations and photography.
Wear your official badge - Your badge must be worn at all times at a location that is easily visible. We are sensitive to costumes, but please try to find an easily visible location above the waist. You must show your badge to any Tidewater Horror Convention staff member who requests to see it. Your badge represents your personal membership to Tidewater Horror Convention Do not share your badge with others. The convention badges may be revoked at any time by an Tidewater Horror Convention Director for any rules violation without a refund. Do not create, use or distribute counterfeit badges. You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and banned from Tidewater Horror Convention permanently. It is also likely we will share your name and description with other conventions.
No signs on walls - Do not put up signs, fliers, posters, etc... on the hotel walls or elevators. They will be removed and if the wall is damaged in the process we will track you down for damages. There are flier tables in registration and throughout the convention on which you can leave advertising materials.
No sleeping in public - Sleeping is not allowed in the hotel lobby and function space.
Obey posted rules - Some events will have additional rules specific to the event. Some events are restricted to age 17+. Bags may not be allowed in some events. Photography and videography may be disallowed at certain events due to legal or contractual reasons.
No throwing - Do not throw anything, especially off a balcony or roof. We have zero tolerance for this. You will be turned over to police, removed from the hotel, and quite possibly face legal prosecution.
Follow Prop Weapons Policy - Prop weapons are an important part of many costumes, but sometimes fans forget the "prop" part and the weapons are real or dangerous. We want to ensure our members safety and see your creativity in building harmless props. You may only use plastic props.
Follow Dress Code - As a family friendly event it is important to ensure that a certain level of modesty is maintained.
No solicitation or panhandling - This includes signs like: "Free Hugs", "25c Kisses",ect...
All sales per contract - You must have a signed and executed a Tidewater Horror Convention vendors contract to sell ANY and ALL merchandise to the public no other sales are authorized. Guest are NOT allowed to take tips for cosplaying you will be removed!
No alcohol - We have a firm "no alcohol" policy in any convention space. This means you are not allowed to carry alcohol into any event room, panel room, game room, staff room, etc. or on the connecting/open floor spaces. This includes all containers, opened or sealed. The hotel has several bars offering a variety of drinks, or you may choose to bring alcohol to a hotel room if you personally are paying for the room.
Photos are permitted of vendors if said vendor allows it. Photo's of celebrities are NOT ALLOWED! Anyone caught by Tidewater Horror convention staff can enforce removal without a refund. Photos of Hotel and common areas are permitted.