Back in the day, I used to make inflatable costumes. I still have a box full of them, and they certainly come in handy whenever I’m in need of a quick costume, but it’s been a while since I’ve made any new ones. I like making them, and they’re definitely fun to wear, it’s just that I haven’t had the occasion to create any new ones lately.
I did learn some interesting things while wearing inflatable costumes, however. Be prepared to be hugged. A lot. I don’t know why, but some people, especially women, cannot resist hugging the big puffy person. It happens so frequently that I often joke that I could make a fortune renting the costumes to lonely guys. Be prepared to be punched. Even if you’re a girl. For every ten women that want to hug you, there will be one knuckleheaded dude who sees you as a giant, living punching bag. What they don’t realize is that these suits are more like a car’s airbag than a beach ball, so when punched, instead of rebounding back, their first actually connects with the crunchy inner center that is you. Watch out for these guys. Avoid crowds. We all know how difficult it can be to make your way through a densely packed crowd, whether it’s a standing-room only concert or a crowded dance floor. Now imagine that your clothing is trying to expand in all directions, whether you want it to or not, hitting people in the face as you go. For this reason, I recommend restricting the suits to either outdoor events, or on-stage use.