Nice to meet you...
WICK is the newly appointed Spirit of Halloween.
"There's a Spirit of Halloween?" You ask.
Yes. Yes there is. There always has been. Although to be fair, they tend to get a bad rap. They can't help it if they look creepy - it's part of the job. No, really. Halloween Spirits look eery by default, just like Christmas Spirits tend to look rotund, red-cheeked, and jolly.
You might know Halloween Spirits by other names - Bogeymen, for example.
That's silly. Everyone knows Bogeymen are actually Shadowalkers, which, as the name should suggest, are an entirely different type of being that can turn into shadows. They also walk.
"What does a Spirit of Halloween do?" You also ask.
A Spirit of Halloween, like other holiday spirits, oversees the conduct of minions (or helpers, if you prefer that term,) in preparation for their holiday, encourages excitement in the general populace leading up to said holiday, and makes sure said previously referred to populace remains safe and happy on that holiday.
Wick takes it a step further and delivers gifts to people leading up to the day.
When he's not busy preparing for his holiday, Wick admirably does his other job - spooking.
"So is Wick a demon?" You also also ask.
The only things he has in common with demons are the fact that he needs to be summoned, his wings, and the slightly sulfuric smell that seems to follow him everywhere.
Wick is not affected by holy water, hallowed ground, or prayers hastily spoken by religious individuals. The only thing those things do to him are make him wet, occasionally trip him up if he's not watching his feet, and amuse him, greatly.
"Is Wick bad?" You also also also ask.
Boy you have a lot of questions!
No, Wick is not bad.
"Does he scare people?" You additionally inquire.
Yes, Wick scares people. But not for nefarious purposes.
Wick scares people for two reasons;
1. To amuse his charges and get them excited for Halloween.
2. To keep people safe.
"He scares people to keep them safe? How does that work?" You query.
Simple, dear human/demon/fae/other...
Wick induces an appropriate amount of fear in individuals who need to be reminded that they are not invincible, that they are not immortal, and that certain ideas they might have are absolutely terrible.
If Wick didn't do his job admirably there would be a rash of people taking bold leaps off high rooftops because they weren't scared of heights, using shortcuts through spooky woods in the middle of the night because they weren't worried about the idea of getting jumped, and messing with occult forces less polite than Wick because they weren't scared of the unknown.
"So aside from that is there any positive benefit to Wick scaring people?" You state, continuing your line of interrogation.
Yes. Yes there is.
Sometimes, Wick's spooking helps people overcome natural fears they might have. It doesn't always work that way, but when it does Wick considers his job worth it.
"So what else should I know about Wick?" You press.
Wick likes cats, but they don't seem to like him - it comes part and parcel with being a spirit.
Wick used to be alive, and a blond. He died in a house fire after forcing his younger siblings out of the house.
Wick can play the piano and has a particular fondness for Beethoven.
Wick does not talk. Rather, he communicates telepathically. Spoooky.
Wick likes pumpkin pie, dislikes kale, and can't stand the consistency of pudding.
The book Wick carries is not just for show - it is a grimoire, willed to him by his predecessor who is now enjoying retirement on a Caribbean Island, and it contains a multitude of useful spells. Wick is able to use these spells.
Wick is particularly friendly towards children, especially those who need a bit of cheering up. He's been known to hide candy around children's houses as a special treat for good, Halloweenly spirited conduct, although whether they find it before Halloween is another thing entirely - sometimes he hides it too well and it isn't found until Easter, or later.
Lastly, Wick is a Capricorn.
"Okay. Thanks for the information!" You say.