Advice for Dealing With Small Children While in Mascot Cosplay?
This sort of piggybacks loosely off a question I asked last night.
I will be dressed as Rocket Raccoon at NYCC. It's very different than an anime convention, in there are a lot of small kids/families. If you're in a costume kids recognize, they want to hug and take photos with you (or their parents want you to take photos with their kids). I've only cosplayed at NYCC once before (I was working the other two times I went) and this happened, but I was in a found items cosplay and didn't mind getting tugged or the kids asking me questions in character (it was really cute and fun!).
Rocket is not terribly easy to move in, has electrical wiring hidden in the vest to make the back light up and a slightly fragile prop (baby Groot made from airdry clay in a flowerpot), plus I'm legally blind (despite being in a full mask, the light screen for the eyes helps cut the excessive light, so my eyesight is roughly the same in or out of costume, but that isn't saying much).
I wouldn't mind being hugged or the costume petted by small kids (and I know it's going to happen anyway), and I'd like to be a minor jerk in character (think the Disney mascots who are villains who gently pull things away or make silly hand gestures behind the kid's back). I also wouldn't mind letting kids hold my gun or Groot for photos as long as they were gentle/ under parental observation.
Any advice for handling kids that say, try to pull the costume's tail/ears, hit me, or are rude?
Conversely, any advice for how to act in character for photos and interacting with the kids? Should I talk/make light snide remarks in character or stay quiet?
NY COmic Con: '06, '08, '09, '14
Otakon: '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14
Katsucon: '10, '15
Animenext: '10, '11, '14