Costumed Events: Renaissance Festivals, ComicCon, Cosplay, and Reenactments

Post by Sharon

You're a grown up, right? Grown ups don't play dressups - or do they? 

For most of us baby boomers, the memories of parading in our Halloween costumes up and down the school corridors and being someone else for the day was the thrill of the entire year.

And, that tendency to want to be someone else for a moment is still within us. So, what do you do if you have a hankering to dressup and play pretend again? 

Here's some suggestions -

Renaissance Festivals 

This may be level I of grownup dressups. You can attend a renaissance festival in a costume or not, wearing a hat or not, but you definitely feel like you dropped into an alternate universe and are participating in another era. 

Another great setting for this is Busch Gardens, Virginia. There, you can visit countries reenacted or consider Williamsburg, Virginia or Tombstone, Arizona where they strive to keep a location historically reenacted. 

These locations are great for folks who don't necessarily feel confident to dressup but want to be in another time or place with people who are dressed up and feeling part of a giant ongoing party. 

ComicCon/SciFi Conventions

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, superheroes, comic books, anime, you name it - they all flock to ComicCon and they are a really colorful and fun event.  SciFi conventions abound and there's lots to choose from. This is a great way to get autographs and pics and watch the costumed performers, take workshops, and learn about upcoming video games, comic books, graphic novels, and films. 


If you need something more interactive, to be part of playacting, costume yourself up and be in character, cosplay (costumed playacting) may be your sport. People of all ages are needed and all roles. Develop your look, find a local group, and have fun!


Here you can satisfy many proclivities - you can participate in reenactments, watch, and enjoy a passion for history. Here in Arizona we have fantastic reenactments at Tombstone - if you love the western stuff. Those in the East Coast might enjoy some battle reenactments. 

Of course, there are plenty of other chances to dress up and have fun like Mardi Gras, Halloween parties, and pirate days!

Look them up and have a blast!