Mascots are longstanding tradition. Famous mascots such as the Pirate Parrot, San Diego Chicken, and Philly Phanatic have entertained their respective teams’ fans for decades. Outside the world of sports, many companies have chosen mascots to promote awareness of their brands. Famous corporate mascots are often talking animals such as geckos, Chihuahuas, or frogs. Those mascots are often so recognizable at the peak of their popularity that viewers immediately know the brand when they see the mascot. Smaller local and regional businesses also use mascots. Mr. Bingle was well known to New Orleanians when he represented the old Maison Blanche department store.
Mascots can come in many forms. There are live mascots like LSU’s Mike the Tiger, cartoon mascots like the Tony the Tiger, and costumed mascots like the aforementioned baseball mascots or the Good Neighbear. With modern technology, mascots can even be fully computer generated. Mascots can serve just about any entity from a sports team to a high school to a large or small business or a civic organization. The mascot does not even need to match the rest of the brand. The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide teams are represented by an elephant. The Ole Miss Rebels are represented by a black bear, an animal that does not even live in Mississippi.
The right type of mascot depends on the goals of the business, school, or organization employing it. If public appearances are included in the mascot’s duties, a costumed mascot is ideal. Using a costumed mascot, of course, requires a costume. However, finding mascot costumes is not a simple matter of going to a retail store or even a costume shop. Most costumes sold to the public are made from cheap materials because consumers do not intend to use them more than once or twice. Mascot costumes, on the other hand, need to be durable because they are intended for long-term use.
One source for mascot costumes is team-mascots.com. This site has a large selection of mascot costumes ranging from common team mascots like tigers, bears, and eagles to unusual ones like dinosaurs and dill pickles. High school mascot costumes would be the most prevalent. These would be used for pep rallies and football and basketball games and would need to last for at least a few years. Other mascot costumes are less intimidating but would be well suited for businesses related to children, such as a pediatrician’s office. The food-related mascot costumes, like the hot dog or the sandwich, would be ideal for a restaurant. The mascot could be sent to a busy street corner during rush hour to draw attention to its dining establishment.
Websites such as team-mascots.com are often the best way to buy a costume. Because mascot costumes are generally oversized, they will fit just about any actor, so there is no need to try them on before buying. Mascot costumes are also a relatively specialized market; generally speaking, individuals wouldn’t need a mascot costume or be willing to pay the higher price. This means mascot costumes are often difficult to find at an on-site location, making it a better option to order from a Web site.