Interacting With Children During a Mascot Performance
While mascots are typically designed to be approachable and fun characters, they can sometimes be a little intimidating or scary for small children. Keep in mind that children of different ages will have varying reactions to your mascot performance – some will be shy, while others will be energetic and eager to participate. In any case, it’s up to you to adjust your performance accordingly. In this blog post, we’ve put together a number of suggestions for interacting with children to make sure everyone has a great time!
Let Children Approach You
Before you dive into engaging with your young fans, stand back and wave, avoiding large movements that may be frightening. Make slower, less dramatic movements, allowing children to approach you for photos and hugs.
Interact With Parents First
If the children you are performing for seem at all unsure of your character, and you’re not sure how they will react, try approaching a parent first. Have a friendly, positive interaction like a hug, high-five or handshake with a parent to demonstrate to children that you are approachable.
Get on Their Level
If possible, crouch down to the child’s level so your mascot character does not appear overwhelming. Remember that small children may not be able to see your mascot’s friendly face, so shrink down to their size so they can get a better look.
Keep Up the Illusion
Part of the fun of a mascot performance for children is that the mascot appears as a larger than life, cuddly character. Therefore, you should never break character and speak, remove your mascot head or let your audience see your change in or out of your costume! Should you need to remove your costume, find a private area away from your fans.
Know When to Walk Away
If you encounter a scared child who continues to cry, know when it is time to move on. Do not attempt to console a child if your efforts are not working. Instead, move on to interact with another member of the crowd and don’t dwell on it.
The most important thing to remember when interacting with children during a mascot performance is to recognize your audience and understand how they are feeling. Don’t try to force interaction. Instead, take a step back and allow children to come to you.
For more tips for safe and fun mascot performances, stay tuned to the Hogtown Mascots Blog!