Halloween Isn’t Quite Over

Friends, we of The Steampunk World’s Fair believe that Halloween is eternal.  So before we move on to the winter, we thought we’d give you just a bit more on how All Hallow’s Eve and Steampunk intertwine.  This piece is brought to us by Professor Adam Smasher of the incredible Steampunk band “The Eternal Frontier“!

Halloween & Steampunk, A Perfect Smasher-Upper?  
How about we start with everyone’s favorite, horror movie, the original,  “Frankenstein”? For decades of Halloweens, the Frankenstein monster has been one of the top costume picks of all time. While, the Frankenstein monster himself is perceived as being more Goth than Steampunk. Thanks perhaps, in no small part to the character parallel of Herman Munster and the contributions of his immediate family…
But…
What about that STEAM-a-licious lab where the original Frankenstein monster was assembled? Not to mention that Mad Scientist/ re-animator extraordinaire, Dr. Frankenstein himself!!! These examples rate unequivocally as visions Steampunk!!!
Therefore, the Steampunk-Halloween Smasher-Upper has been in place at least since the movie’s release on November of 1931!
But there’s more…
How about that long standing comment that, “Steampunk is what happened when Goths discovered Brown”? Well… In the case of Frankenstein, if you look at it through the movie camera’s lens, Steampunk gave birth to Goth!
Blasphemy you say?
Perhaps…
But it makes for good conversation nonetheless.
Not everyone knows, the original, “Dracula”, movie was also released  in 1931, before Frankenstein, on February 14th., VALENTINE’S DAY!!!
Now isn’t THAT Romantic?
Indubitably, no one is more Goth than Dracula himself.
Even the film recognized as the earliest known example of a horror movie, features a character considered to be a vampire. He doesn’t bite necks and drink blood. However, he does metamorphosize  from Bat to human form and back again. This first ever horror movie, “Le Manoir du Diable”, which means, “The Manor of the Devil”, was released in 1896 and is the handiwork of the Iconic French filmmaker Georges Méliès.
Thusly, the probability is high, this offering is also the first Goth movie ever made. So, what was the first Steampunk movie ever made?
Some would argue it was director Fritz Lang’s January 10th.1927 release, “Metropolis”. However, on  October 4th. 1902, the Legendary Georges Méliès released, “A Trip to the Moon”, which simply oozes with Steampunk sensibilities!
Side note, a very Steampunk homage to Georges Méliès, “Hugo”, was released by director Martin Scorsese on November 23rd. 2011.
So, with respect to having all of these, first example, movie dates in one place. It may seem clear to some that Goth, clearly came first in film. Or did it? Who knows, for what period of time, Méliès had either of those scripts in mind or perhaps sitting on his desk? Who really knows why one script was completed and made into a film first? Well, perhaps only Mr. Méliès would have been able to tell us that and perhaps the answer might surprise us. It was a mere six years between those two movies, it’s not uncommon for writers to be working on multiple ideas simultaneously. Perhaps the latter idea got completed first, while the earlier was on hold or was causing writer’s block? No matter what, I think it’s now safe to say, be you a Goth, Steampunk or another Fantastic alternate reality persuasion. Halloween IS your platform! So get your costume, NO, WAIT, strike that…
Get your alternate reality attire on and strut, stroll or limp to the  Halloween Ball, where you are welcome, one and all!!!
– Professor Adam Smasher, November 2017

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.

Dr. Hyde’s bedtime story: A Halloween vignette

Dedicated to Halloween In The Catskills

“You claim that Hyde is a beast; but all men are both angel and animal. ”

-Robert Lewis Stevenson, “The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I promise: I am not the monster in your closet.
I am not the horrible thing under your bed.
I am not the ghost infecting your phone.
I am not the shadows on the wall of your room.
I am not the cold face watching you from the moon.
I am not the presence you sense in the darkness.
I am not the one who pressed half the breath out of you while you slept.

I am not any of those things because they do not exist.

They do not exist because I ate them all.

And gained everything they were.

And much, much worse.

Sleep well, in the shadow of your dear Mr. Hyde.

Dream of me.

~Jeff Mach

The Steampunk Haunted House is nearly here!

It’s The Steampunk Haunted House!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffmach/steampunk-haunted-house-halloween-forever

Why combine Steampunk and Halloween?

This is the heart of it: some people love Halloween because they get to put masks on. But some of us love Halloween because we finally get to take our masks off.

When we started doing Steampunk in the Catskills, and then Halloween in the Catskills, we found that the property already had a magnificent haunted house which was the product of years of work by master hunters and dedicated people of all stripes. But due to the resorts disastrous fire some years earlier, the house wasn’t operating at its full capacity, despite incredible staff and team behind it.

We saw opportunity because this is what Steampunk does. This is a piece of the magic that is Steampunk. This is a piece of the craft and skill and ability within Steampunk. Steampunk can take an idea in any form, and help infuse that idea with life and vitality and inspiration and blissfully incredible joy.

Steampunk is not escape from reality. Halloween is not escape from reality. Both of them are their own realities. They touch us, and effectiveness, and they make our lives more fascinating.

If you’re seeing this on September 10 or 11th, the Kickstarter is in its final hours. Wherever you are, you can back it and get in-person or long-dstance rewards!  if you’re seeing this after, check out Kickstarter anyway, because the things you’re doing, thanks to be like you, are spectacular:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffmach/steampunk-haunted-house-halloween-forever

The Steampunk Haunted House

It's time for a Steampunk Haunted House!

Design by Egregore.

Yes, it’s true! We’re making a STEAMPUNK HAUNTED HOUSE!

The Kickstarter goes live on Monday, 8/21/2017; PLEASE DO RSVP for the Facebook event to keep up with the latest info.  Fittingly, it will happen in the darkness of the coming eclipse!

We’re so excited that we’ll say it again…

We’re Making A Steampunk Haunted House!

Please click here to view!

 There’s a lot of research and discussion below, so if you want the short version, here it is:

The world’s largest Steampunk event, the world’s largest dark/alternative social media site, and an incredible, family-owned, hand-built resort in the Catskills are teaming up to create a Steampunk Haunted House which will be available both to those who travel there, and internationally (through special backer-only shows and live walkthroughs!)  That Steampunk Haunted House is actually already 99% completed.  We want your help to push it over the top!

Get ready! First 50 backers will be entered into a contest for having a drink with Jeff Mach and members of the Blackthorne and Haunt team!