The secret danger of Steampunk on Halloween

“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.

Steampunk World’s Fair Costume Contest

Steampunk World’s Fair Costume Contest

Steampunk woman over gunge background. . Fantasy fashion for cover.

Steampunk World’s Fair
Costume Contest 2018

This year’s costume contest will have two main categories – Makers and Curators. Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Contestants will self-select the category they feel best defines the work they have done in their own costume.

Makers

Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. Makers can make only one prop, several props, only your costume, your costume and your prop and still participate under the Maker category. Judges discretion will be used to judge between someone who has only made a prop and someone who has made everything they are wearing. It’s quite possible we will decide to give out additional prizes such as best prop or clothing item!

As Makers ourselves, we know how much work goes into a good costume and we would like the opportunity to fairly judge that work. There will be pre-judging for Makers only. It will occur Saturday (time to be established), in the parking lot next to the Midway Stage. We recommend entrants be prompt. The judges will judge on a first come first served basis and will judge as many entrants as possible in the two hour time frame. Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win.

Makers will be broken into two categories – Experienced and Novice as designated by the contestant. Entrants self-select the category they feel best defines their level of skill. Pre-registration is not required.

The judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win. There will be an opportunity to present the pre-judged makers on the stage as well so everyone can see your marvelous work!

Please do not worry! If you can’t make the pre-judging, you can still participate in the contest under the Curator category!

Curators

A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Judging will occur as Saturday afternoon at X time on the Midway Stage. We will begin lining up 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the contest. Please be prompt! Pre-registration is not required.


Participants will self-select that category they wish to compete in. The categories are:

  • Maker, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging on prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Maker, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
  • Curator, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators on prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
  • Curator, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.

Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday, X PM at the Midway Stage. You must be present to win.