“Halloween: It combines the most perilous elements of bright moonlight, magic, and a massive sugar rush.”

-Andy Warhol

Many people dress up in Steampunk garb for Halloween.  It’s a favorite kind of costuming.  In fact, the term “Steampunk” gets some of the most searches on this particular day of the year. But many people are unaware of the hidden perils!

Because certainly, it’s fun to do Steampunk things for a day. And it easy, too. Not easy in the sense that it requires no creativity or cannot be imaginative; just easy in the sense that it can be simple, and it doesn’t need to be a big deal, or anything elaborte. You don’t have to do something tremendously fancy or outrageous to be fantastic. You’re certainly welcome to do so, but it’s not a requirement.

But beware! Beware!

I have to warn you now. Steampunk is incredibly, unbelievably fun, welcoming, and accepting.

If you dress up in Steampunk garb for Halloween…

… You may decide to do it on other days of the year. It’s insidious that way. There’s just so much enjoyment, so much pleasure, so much freedom of self-expression, and just so much of a chance to do something out of the ordinary and spectacular and wonderful and glorious, even if it’s just putting some goggles on your hat and feeling jaunty as all get-out.

Be careful! If you go Steampunk on Halloween–

–you may decide that you really, really like it.  And you may do it again.