5 Key Characteristics of a Mascot Costume
You have been hired as a mascot and as a result you will be wearing a costume. While you anticipate fun times ahead performing acts and routines, you need to be sure the costume is appropriate or you could face issues affecting your safety. Below are 5 things to look for in a mascot costume and being mindful of them will ensure it meets your needs.
1. Good line of sight
Mascots are usually present for fun events such as birthday parties, business openings, and sporting events. However, things can go wrong fast. Therefore, you need a good line of sight out of your mascot costume so you can avoid situations that pose a danger to you.
Before commencing your duties as a mascot, try the costume on. Most are designed to see out of either the eyes or the mouth, so make sure you have a good view out of either of these. That way, you can see everything that is going on around you and you can avoid dangerous things such as stairs, fire, and water. You will also be able to escape the area if an emergency situation occurs.
2. Cooling components
You may be comfortable when you put your mascot costume on at first. However, as you move around and perform different routines and actions you will likely become hot no matter what the temperature is. This can lead to exhaustion and hyperthermia that greatly threatens your health.
To ensure you do not overheat, confirm that the costume you will be wearing has lots of ventilation areas. This will allow cooler air in and will dissipate hot air from inside the costume. Some mascot costumes have cooling fans that circulate cool air around the costume or include a cooling vest that keeps your body temperature down. When performing your duties, drink plenty of water and take breaks frequently especially if it is extremely hot out.
3. Your brand
You may have been hired as a mascot for a company or sports team to raise awareness, create unity and facilitate a common identity. However, none of these things can occur if it is not obvious who you are representing.
If you are a mascot representing a company, your costume should feature colours and logos of the business as well as ways to reach them. If you are representing a school, you should be wearing the team colours and uniform so people know who you are affiliated with. People should not have to second-guess who you are. Otherwise, you are missing out on an opportunity to build your brand.
People who wear mascot costumes sweat. There is no way around this as it is hot inside despite efforts to keep as cool as possible. As a result, costumes can be havens for bacteria that can cause viruses and serious illness.
If you will be renting your mascot costume or receive it from a school, confirm that it is fresh and clean inside before you put it on. If it is not, inform the rental service or person in charge of the costume and either request a replacement or seek another one somewhere else. If you own the costume, air it out after every use. Every so often have it dry cleaned so bacteria is not present.
5. Appropriate size
In addition to your costume having a good line of sight, it also needs to fit correctly. Otherwise, you will not be able to move in a safe manner because it will be too big and you will trip over it or too small and will restrict your movements. It may also be too heavy and this will prevent you from moving in a way that allows you to avoid emergency situations.
Before setting out for the event which you will be the mascot for, try on the costume. Walk around in it and practice the moves you will be doing. If you are unable to perform these tasks easily, you are putting your health and safety at risk.