The remarkable, but humble history of Alinco Costumes began in 1889. In that year, the Salt Lake Costume Company was founded in order to supply costumes for local stage productions. About this same time, mascots were beginning to find their place in sporting events at colleges and universities across the nation. However, these mascots were real animals that required feeding and care. It would be another 61 years before Alinco Costumes would help revolutionize the concept of mascots.
In 1946, Clifford Franklin Allen purchased Salt Lake Costume which had been in business since 1889. Together with his family, Clifford took the company to new heights, assembling over 20,000 rental costumes. This move established Salt Lake Costume as the primary supplier of Halloween and novelty items in the state.
In the 1950’s, Salt Lake Costume began producing “Parade Heads.” These oversized costume heads were widely used in parades of the time. They would later influence mascot concepts and techniques.
During the 1960’s, high schools and colleges in the state and around the nation, began to realize the advantages of using a costumed character for a mascot. As a result, Salt Lake Costume began creating custom mascot costumes.
In 1961, a subsidiary of Salt Lake Costume was created. This subsidiary was called Alinco Display & Associated Arts. Within this division, Salt Lake Costume began to focus on the production of mascot costumes.
In 1963, at the age of 16, Clifford Allen’s son, Terry, created his first mascot head. He also began developing the skills and techniques that would later become the foundation of Alinco Costumes.
In 1974, KGB Radio, a San Diego based rock and roll station, asked Salt Lake Costume to create a chicken costume for promotional use. The suit was worn by Ted Giannoulas, who went on to create The Famous Chicken. The Famous Chicken was also commonly known as The San Diego Chicken.
During 1977, Terry Allen, with his wife Lowla, purchased the Alinco division of Salt Lake Costume and created Alinco Costumes. With only two sewing machines, an assortment of molds and techniques, and the Alinco Costumes name, they created what would become the world’s largest manufacturer of mascot costumes.
Since 1977, Alinco Costumes has created numerous mascots for clients such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Seattle Seahawks, Ask Jeeves, Nestle, Disney, the Phoenix Suns, and the Chicago Bulls. They have also created over 50% of the team mascots for the NBA. Alinco Costumes custom mascot costumes have appeared in commercials and movies, such as Disney’s “Go Figure,” “Big Momma’s House 2, Disney’s “The Cinderella Story,” “Dumb and Dumberer,” and “Any Given Sunday.”
Alinco Costumes has been an integral part of the history and development of mascots for parades as well as team mascots. This is due to their long history in mascot design and mascot costume development from their early oversized characters to the acrobatic performance mascots of today.
This is what makes the Alinco Costumes team mascots and parade mascots different than“other” custom mascot costumes that are on the market today. They truly are the best handcrafted mascot costumes money can buy!
Costume Specialists designs custom mascots based on your logo, toy, artwork or any other source. We design and manufacture each costume individually for ease of wear, maneuverability and durability. Each mascot is custom-designed to match the look and proportions of your character.
Proper Mascot Fitting
Established in 1983 and with over 30 years of costuming experience, International Mascot is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of high quality character costumes. IMC has serviced the needs of thousands of clients throughout the world including 4 Olympic organizing committees, and numerous Fortune 500 companies.
IMC produces over 1500 costumes annually and provides client services through our two primary manufacturing facilities located in the USA (Atlanta) and Canada (Edmonton). International Mascot employs over 60 costume designers, artists, sales and support individuals and is globally represented with representative offices throughout North America and representatives in Australia, Asia, Europe, Central and South America! Call today 404-220-8783.
We are Mascot Makers and we have been custom making mascots for clients worldwide since 2001, we do all the manufacturing ourselves. We design the bespoke costumes and then create them in our own workshop so we do not outsource ever! Our main goal is to produce mascot costumes that are fun, safe, comfortable and affordable.
Professional 100% custom made to your order. Custom designed free of charge based on your character, product or logo. All costumes are produced in our own workshop. We do not outsource or resell. Worldwide UPS delivery to your door
Each mascot character is uniquely designed, sculpted, manufactured and hand-painted by our team of skilled artisans. Our mascot heads are constructed out of light-weight, molded foam and latex for superior durability and detail unmatched by rigid construction techniques.
Each mascot head comes with a screened vision panel that allows you to see without being seen, extra ventilation panels, and of course, our exclusive built-in fans to help keep you cool!
Most mascot heads are available seperately.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY IMITATIONS OR CHEAP FOREIGN IMPORTS! All Mask US, Inc. mascot costumes are designed and manufactured in the United States at our San Diego, California facility. So whether you are buying directly from us or an authorized distributor, Mask US mascot costumes are only and always made in America!
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1893, Olympus Group has manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee, WI, and Orlando, FL, with additional sales offices in Michigan, Florida, Minnesota and Illinois. Combined, these entities provide a wide gamut of products and services to meet your promotional and branding needs.
Olympus’ production facilities have state-of-the-art printing, including: direct digital printing, screen-printing, and dye sublimation on a wide variety of fabrics and hard substrates. In addition to our printing capabilities we offer in-house finishing including: a full-service sewing department and complete finishing processes, including cutting and routing. We can take your ideas and bring them to life or utilize our creative teams for eye-popping ways to support your promotional or branding needs.
Mascot Costumes • Large-Format • Custom Projects • US Flags
No matter which of our three distinct service lines you call on—mascot costumes, large-format and custom projects, or US flag products—our in-house capabilities are vast. We create and deliver your project on time, on budget, and with the highest quality and creative standards. Our expertise ranges from wide-format printing to the most intricate details on vehicle graphics, theatrical curtains, mascot accessories, or store signage and décor. Companies like McDonald’s, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney, Kohl’s Department Stores, Simmons Bedding Company, and Dr. Pepper all count on us to Imagine It. Done.
Mind Blowing Costumes since 2000 for Theme Parks, Film and TV, Commercials, Event Planners, Live Shows and Corporate clients. Our products can walk, talk, dance and attract everyone’s attention from yards away. We are the future of entertainment mascots with 15 of our own “Stock” designs and a “Custom” design department to bring your design ideas to life. Robots are the future, so don’t be stuck in history with a simple mascot or costume for entertaining the human race.
Scollon Mascots and Costume Characters grew from the dreams of a little girl. Founder Allie Scollon began in puppetry by tying strings to her dolls and performing for her family and friends. That fascination grew into a successful party entertainment business. In the late 1960’s, Allie and her husband Bill recognized the opportunity to dramatically grow the business by providing marionette shows that would draw crowds into the enclosed malls that were popping up across the country. In 1968, Scollon’s Marionettes came into being.
The successful marionette touring business quickly expanded to include costume character shows featuring characters like Yogi Bear and Fred Flintstone. To reflect the broader scope, the company name was updated to Scollon Productions, Inc. The touring business continued into the 1980’s, performing thousands of shows for tens of thousands of people. Before long, clients approached the company about building costumes specifically for them. It was a natural extension of the business. The vast experience gained from building and performing in costume, led to the development of construction techniques and innovations that set industry standards. In just a few years, the costume-building business became the company’s primary focus.
Today, Scollon Productions, located in Columbia, South Carolina, has expanded to include a Ship and Store service, a Talent Management department, and a Live Events division. The management team is headed up by Rick Scollon, Sr., CEO, who took over that role when his father retired; Ellery Locklear, President, who’s been with the company for over 40 years; and, Kim Scollon, Vice President. The company is proud to have several ‘Gen 3’ Scollons on the staff as well!
To get back to her roots, Allie started a non-profit marionette theatre with her son John. The Columbia Marionette Theatre has entertained thousands of families since opening its doors in 1995.
We hope you’ll be part of our story, too!