Safety and Professionalism

Choose Occasions with Character performers for safety, liability care, and professionalism at your next event!

Background Checked

Everyone in our cast must clear a background check before they can be scheduled for our events; we do not call in “friends” or performers who have not had one with us

Trained in Safety and Liability

Everyone in our cast undergoes safety and liability training specific to our close work with children before they can be scheduled for events, as well as annual full-cast trainings; we do not put out anyone at our events, from characters to assistants, who has not been through our training program.

Fully Insured

We are fully insured and happy to provide a COI upon request

Our character performers are ALWAYS accompanied by a professional Magic Maker Character Attendant

  • They make your event a breeze, providing easy communication with busy characters, expert line management, and extra-special moments for your guests (they are called Magic Makers for a reason!
  • Magic Makers also help the character stay in-character (no character should have to shout the five-minute warning or cut off a line!) and they keep characters looking their best, watching for fabric that isn’t sitting right, arranging skirts photogenically, etc.
  • Very importantly, Magic Makers protect you (and us!) against liability claims, since no performer is ever alone with your event guests—so important when working with children!
  • They’re so helpful, event hosts may wind up loving the our Magic Makers as much as the characters!

 

Pandemic Safety Protocols

The safety of our guests, hosts, and cast is our top priority!

  • All OwC cast are fully vaccinated
  • Our pandemic procedures rubric determines masking and/or distancing requirements for our cast based on your event details and county community spread
  • We are happy to follow any more stringent requirements at your event

Vaccinated

All OwC cast members are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Masked and/or Distanced

Our protocols chart provides clear event safety requirements based on Covid cases per 100,000 in the county the week before, if an event is indoors or outdoors, and if all participants are vaccinated

Cleaned and Sanitized

Our performers’ hands, costumes, props, and equipment undergo a sanitation regimen between—and during—events

Professional Attributes:

You can rest easy knowing our professional performers and attendants will not let interactions get out of hand. Our characters are trained in safety and liability. For example, you’ll never catch them:

  • Alone with your event attendees, particularly children (another reason we always have attendants!)
  • Forcing a child into an interaction
  • Picking up children
  • Play-fighting with guests or each other (outside of a choreographed program)

These are all safety rules that are ingrained in professional character performers, but inexperienced pop-up companies or volunteer performers may not be thinking this level of professionalism and taking safety and liability into account as the absolute top priority. We work with professionals like you–and we know safety is your top priority too!

 

Professional performers are responsible, reliable, and in-character.

You may find that cosplayers, costumed volunteers, and pop-up character companies may or may not show up when invited to an event, and you may not know it until the last minute. With OwC you always have a contract, invoice, and constant communication, even in the case of last-minute performer emergencies. Cosplayers and volunteers are busy people, they have other things going on—but at OwC, your event is our full-time business, and you’ll find the service matches accordingly.

In-Character:

Slightly chagrined that your volunteer performers because of the viral, out-of-character, and possibly not family-friendly TikTok they made that features your event sign? With Occasions with Character that is never a worry—our performers highly value character integrity, respect your event, and you’ll never see their phones out.

 

Work with our professional character performers and be assured your event is the safest and best experience it can be!

Book our professional performers for your event now!

Testimonials

“Western Wisconsin Health has worked with Occasions with Character LLC for a number of our Open House events with over 1000 community participants as well as our Dash to Disney Community Challenge with 500-700 community participants. Melissa and the entire OWC team are amazing - they are professional, timely, in character and the handmade attire for each character is just incredible. OWC has made so many of our events very special for our community - from photos and dancing to story time and hugs! Thank you to all of our storybook characters and superheroes for the beautiful contributions you make to each of our Western Wisconsin Health events.”

- Rosa Magnus, Western WI Health

“Princesses, villains, and heroes - oh my! Occasions with Character is highly recommended to create a memorable and enjoyable event. Not only does Occasions with Character provide professional princesses and superhero interactions, staff is also incredibly accommodating and professional. While planning your event, you will receive quality service and attention from start to finish as their reliable service will never have you questioning. Whether your event is in- person or virtual, you can expect a professional, fun, entertaining, and magical event for any occasion!”

- Brianna Watke, Program Manager, HopeKids Inc.

“I love working with these professionals! My customers couldn’t get enough of them. Everyone is super professional, kind, prompt and fun. They bring so much happiness to everyone that sees them. Their costumes are on point! I would totally recommend hiring them for your event.”

- Marnie Matz, Owner of Lone Squirrel Boutique

“I have been blown away by how wonderful each and every event is! My daughter loves princesses and her love is all the stronger because of Occasions with Character. The characters go the extra mile- they are so good with children while being "in character" every single step of the way! These events have been some of my daughter's most beloved memories. We now live across the U.S. from where the group hosts events and I have no doubt that we will try to time our trips back home so that we can see them again! We love them!!!!!!”

- Lauren Oland, parent

“The princesses are delightfully entertaining with their authentic costumes and friendly smiles.”

-Marilyn Laulainen, Waconia ECFE

“Occasions with Character offered library visitors a magical performance with lots of audience participation for even the youngest. The actors posed for photographs and stayed in character until the last child left the room.”

-Angela Petrie, Stillwater Public Library

“The Occasions with Character performers were all amazing, and the way that they interact with the children is superb! The interactive storytime was great for promoting literacy and a perfect additional program to draw people to the library.”

-Carol Plocher, Library Services Coordinator, Great River Regional Library-Delano

“The program itself was an elegant touch of fantasy for the whole audience, and the interaction with the audience was priceless.”

-Mary Davis, Youth Services, Hudson Area Public Library

“I can not thank Occasions with Character enough for surprising my daughter on her birthday at lunch! Not every little girl can say that she had her favorite princess/heroine dance with her, read a story with her and sing happy birthday to her. She was in awe the entire time. As her mom it almost brought me to tears seeing how mesmerized she was… She still talks about her. Thank you for making my daughter feel so special and lucky on her birthday. She will remember this for years to come.”

– Rochelle Ladick, parent

“Occasions With Character presented the Midnight Ball Princess (Lost Slipper Storytime) at our Storytime and it was a great hit! The performers remained in character from the moment they entered and the costumes were wonderful. The audience was enchanted and everyone had a great time!”

– Janet Waller, Community Business Development Manager, Barnes & Noble HarMar Mall

©2022 Occasions with Character

Occasions with Character LLC is not affiliated with any entertainment company; our characters are generic and inspired by a variety of fairytales and legends. We only partner with events that understand we do not represent any licensed characters. If you require licensed characters for your event, please contact the copyright holder.

We serve Minnesota and the greater Twin Cities metro area, including: Woodbury, Stillwater, Afton, Bayport, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Newport, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington, Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville, St Louis Park, Golden Valley, Edina, Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Waconia, Delano, Forest Lake, and Western Wisconsin including Hudson, River Falls, Baldwin, New Richmond, Prescott, and the surrounding areas. We also happily travel to Greater Minnesota, including Duluth, St. Cloud, Alexandria, and Rochester. Subject to travel fees, depending on location.