• Good performing adds more to a costume than any high-tech material or special effect. Best of all, it costs and weighs nothing!


  • Staying too in-character can sometimes make others uncomfortable. Know when to drop it; if you like, use a hushed voice to answer questions. Eye contact is a good indicator whether someone is engaged or put off!
  • Get a helper or record yourself in costume to get a feel for your movement. Practice posing to see how you look to others when interacting or in photos.
  • Read the Twelve Principles of Animation on Wikipedia — many are rooted in classic theatre and apply even to the most human of characters, just framed in the enjoyable context of cartoons.
  • Don’t just stand there! Breathe, look around, scratch yourself! Think about the idle animations in video games, and be like that.
  • If nothing else, even just a distinct walk and a couple of standing poses can make the difference between wearing a costume and being the character.

Adafruit projects on this page: Xenomorph Halloween Candy Bucket.

This guide was first published on Sep 06, 2022. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Performing in Costume) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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