|Rincewind, a wizzard|
Well, they are fantasy characters and there are plenty of wizard costume options for your Halloween pleasure and nothing says that you have to be scary on Halloween. Also wizards can summon demons and other spooky things. Thus I say that you can certainly be a wizard for Halloween.
How do we spot a wizard?
|Handy chart; clip and save for your files!|
Be warned, a wizard in the wild is unpredictable at best. Do not assume that because you are not visible to the wizard the wizard is unaware of your presence. Wizards are territorial by nature and can attack seemingly without provocation, especially if you look like you might have some powerful magical items or a bit of forgotten lore about your person. In such cases it is best to throw down any written materials or bits of animal parts you may have and flee the scene with all speed. Do not look back to see if the wizard is following you.
Seriously though, the term wizard is functionally synonymous with sorcerer, necromancer, warlock, mage and magus. The only people that care enough to differentiate between these terms are going to nitpick anything you say anyway, so don't worry too much about it.
The current image of the wizard varies depending upon setting and expectations. Readers of fantasy novels and players of fantasy games have a different expectation than the majority of the population. The key elements to any wizard look are not too different than the key elements to a good Halloween witch costume in the public consciousness: 1) a hat, usually pointy, 2) robes, with or without astrological/occult symbols, 3) staff or wand, 4) beard, 5) a familiar. If you have any three off the list you will easily be identified as a wizard.
|Beard, robe, hat, large pouch...wait a damn minute...He's a Wizard?|
You could probably make a wizard costume, if not with ease, certainly with style, but you could just as easily purchase a costume from any of the fine vendors in your local area or on the internet. You must be careful, however, lest you get too stylistic or esoteric and end up spending all night having to explain your costume to people...again.
"No, see I am Harry Dresden. From the Dresden Files? A wizard. No, why would I have a Hogwarts robe?"
Since the astounding success of the Harry Potter franchise the discerning costumer (and not so discerning to be honest) has had a plethora of licensed and knock-off HP costume choices. I don't want to discuss those (although some nice wands have been made-dammitall, I just did). I want to look at the "other" choices.
Can we do better?
|The devil may wear Prada, but these tossers could sure take a lesson.|
The third fellow is, of course, Gandalf. Before Harry sodding Potter Gandalf was THE fantasy wizard everybody who was anybody knew. Gandalf set the standard for fantasy wizards to follow. That is not a great Gandalf costume, by the way. 1 layer? Just an under-robe. Belt pouch and hat are a nice touch, but what about a staff there buddy? And where is Glamdring, his magic sword. (No, I don't feel geeky for knowing his sword is called Glamdring. Geeky would be knowing that Glamdring is Sindarin for Foe-Hammer; Sindarin being the Elvish tongue. Now I feel geeky.)
Gandalf is more wizardy, so I will give points to that.
This is getting long. I think we will have to have a Part 2 to finish up.
Keep your pumpkins lit (with wizard's fire!).