How to Find Cartoon Characters to Come Out to a Birthday Party for Kids

by Jaime Swanson, Demand Media

    Planning a birthday party for your child can be a daunting task, especially if he has been pestering you to get his favorite cartoon character to make a special appearance. Whether he wants to hang out with SpongeBob SquarePants or Dora the Explorer, or one of the members of the Peanuts gang, explore the possibilities in and around your town to get the character to your child's birthday party.

    Step 1

    Find your local phone book and turn to the Yellow Pages. If you don't have a printed phone book anymore, visit YellowPages.com.

    Step 2

    Search for "party supplies" or "entertainment," using discretion to make sure it's the type of entertainment you're looking for.

    Step 3

    Call the number listed for each entry, until you find the cartoon character or costume you're looking for. Even if the supply shop or entertainment shop doesn't have the costume or anyone to perform at a kid's party, the owner might have contacts that will lead you to exactly what you're looking for.

    Tips & Warnings

    • If you don't want to spend the money on a professional entertainer, hire a relative or friend to dress up as your kid's favorite cartoon character. Find the correct costume, and ask your friend to wear enough makeup to ensure none of the kids at the party recognize her. Promise her payment in the form of either cash, food or a night on the town with you and other adults for her work at a kids' party.
    • If no one can or will dress up in costume, create cardboard cutouts of your kid's favorite cartoon characters. Local printing shops can help you with sizing photos of the character for the cardboard you choose. Glue the picture to the cardboard; cut the character out if you want, or just prop it up as-is.

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    About the Author

    Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.

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