It seems like every year friends and neighbors are upping the Halloween ante with outrageous costumes and lawn decor. Marketers and festivals have been using inflatables for ages, but we’ve seen a real flood of consumers using Halloween inflatables in recent years. Every autumn, we get dozens of requests for inflatable Halloween costumes. Often these requests are from people with a budget under $100 who are looking for something fun to wear to a Halloween party or event. While we do manufacture inflatable costumes, these consumer-grade costumes are very different from the professional-grade inflatable products we make.
Professional- or Consumer-Grade… which type of inflatable costume is right for you? Ask yourself these four questions to decide:
1. How Long Does it Need To Last? Professional inflatable costumes come with high-quality hardware, including a harness system and a second battery to keep the costume inflated. Having a back-up battery means you can use your costume for hours without risk of running out of power. Having a harness system means you can design a shape which completely encloses the wearer, like mascots found at amusement parks.
2. Are You Making a Professional Impression or Just Having Fun? We get it, inflatables are cool! You’re destined to be a hit at your next party, event, or night of trick-or-treating wearing either type of inflatable costume. With their light weight materials, consumer-grade costumes are vulnerable to being torn and may only last for a couple of events if they’re not carefully handled. Professional inflatables are constructed from rugged materials that are designed to last for years of wear and tear with a look that is, well, professional.
3. Do You Need a Custom Shape? Landmark’s inflatable costumes are custom-made. We can transform your mascot, character or product with exact detail into costume form, match your Pantone colors and replicate your logos. Consumer-grade inflatable costumes tend to be standard shapes such as sumo wrestlers, witches and the like.
4. What’s Your Budget? Professional-grade inflatable costumes can cost $500 or more; consumer inflatables can be purchased for $50 or less. If you’re looking for an inflatable costume under $100, check out our Squidoo lens with links to consumer-grade Halloween inflatables.