J: Yes, Gandalf the Grey.
Me: Ummmm. Do you even know who that is?
J: Yes, he's a wizard from "The Hobbit."
Me: What's "The Hobbit?"
J: It's a movie.
Me: Actually, it was a book way before it was a movie. Have you seen the movie somewhere?
Me: Then why do you want to be Gandalf?
J: Because he's awesome.
Hard to argue with that. I kept thinking he would change his mind to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, or something Disney related following our Alaska cruise, but he held firm in his decision to be Gandalf. It seems Benjamin's dad is a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings geek (I mean fan), and they have some related toys and Lego sets that Joseph plays with over there.
It was a pretty straightforward costume to make. Really, the whole look is all about that hat.
The hat is made out of felt, and a wire in the back seam helped to hold it's shape. The rest of the outfit is a basic "Jesus robe" and hooded cape made out of grey flannel.
How awesome is the beard?!?! It's made out of yarn looped on a plastic mesh. Joseph picked out the yarn himself, and it could not have been more perfect. I so desperately wanted one for myself!
Hiding under the cape are his belt and satchel. It's really only half of a belt sewn on the front of the costume, made with D-rings. I made the simple messenger style bag out of felt too, and it served perfectly as a trick or treat bag!
The only thing I didn't made was the staff. While I was actually mulling around ideas like making it out of papier mache, I stumbled upon this one at Target. Done. The only part of Joseph that wasn't covered was the back of his neck!
Joseph absolutely loved his costume!
And that's the whole point.