I’m a member of a costuming club and I volunteer at events for charity. We’re a big movement, thousands of members around the world raising money for charity and bringing smiles to children’s faces.
But children, particularly unsupervised children, are usually the main problem at events and it sometimes ends with cutting a visit short and people missing out.
It is not polite to touch or interfere with our costumes unless we invite you to do so. We don’t mind hugs or high fives, we do mind if you try and pull capes off, push buttons or punch us.
Costumes that have full faced helmets or heads are hard to see out of, and it’s impossible to see small children when they stand in front of you. It’s much better if someone taller like a parent accompanies a child to meet a character that way we can see you. Usually we have more mobile people who can see, but it can get difficult if children swarm around us. Also, having Mum or Dad there can make it less scary.
Try not to let kids spoil it for the others. Kids saying things like, “You’re not real!”, or , “You’re just wearing a costume!”, isn’t fun. If you don’t want a photo, fine, but don’t ruin it for the others.
And finally on photos. A lot of people want them so please remember that and try not to linger to long if there’s a crowd or get in other people’s photos. It is ok if you see us just walking along in costume to ask for a photo, and we will take them with your camera if you want. And please donate if you’re collecting or hiring costumers for an event.
Just remember costumers are people too. Some of us put valuable time and money making our costumes and going to events. It doesn’t matter if they turn up to a birthday party or an amusement park. We do it for fun and to share the fun with others, don’t spoil it! 1104-12
Both my son and daughter have donned the Chick-Fil-A cow costume on many occasions and oh, the tales they do tell. It’s not just the kids. My son reports that adult women are not immune from behaving quite inappropriately by goosing his backside or even feeling his groin. He’s had kids kick him in the shins, punch him in the groin, climb on his back unexpectedly, pull the tail and on and on. And that was with a handler standing by!
Btw, my daughter performed the very first CFA cow dive into a swimming pool in 2006 seen here: http://youtu.be/aWma4eTtHv0 At 1:08 she’s signaling to her handlers asking whether she can do this, gets a thumbs up and takes the plunge. Numerous cows have since done it. Good times, good times.