Celebrate Halloween Like the Victorians

In some ways Halloween is fairly recent phenomena, and incredibly old in others. The roots of this holiday we all know and love come from around 2,500 years ago in Celtic tradition. The festival of Samhain, or Summer’s End, was celebrated on October 31 and was all about the transition between seasons and preparations for […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – Gathering Resources for Costumes and Props

Sometimes you want things to look a certain way but you don’t have the time, materials or skills to make it happen. And there is no shame in cutting corners or substituting one thing for another. I know some people are all about the “authenticity” but Steampunk should be a bit of silly fun and […]

Horror with a Side of Scholarship

One of the darkest and best chapters in the history of American literature belongs to H.P. Lovecraft. Best known for the Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft contributed huge numbers of short stories and novellas to amateur literary journals. Few horror authors have contributed as much to the genre as Lovecraft, and only a handful have left such […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – If You Can Dream It, You Can Make It (Out of Foam)

During the sessions for makers I’ve attended at conventions, speakers can’t say enough good things about a material called Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam. My only experience with it has been with bedrolls and yoga mats, but I saw several ways to use it demonstrated and it is a wonderful resource for costume and prop makers. […]

Gearing Up for Halloween – Plastic Makes the Props Go Round

Plastic is an incredibly versatile material and it is everywhere. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease you can make it into just about anything. First off, there are toys. At any Steampunk cosplay event you can be sure you will see suped-up Nerf guns and squirt guns that look like they walked right out […]

Top 5 Steampunk Movies for Halloween

Guys, this was hard. Like, waaaaaaaay harder than I expected. It turns out there are LOT of Steampunk movies with a bit of the gothic or macabre so they’d work for Halloween. I decided to choose five categories and provide both my pick plus at least one runner-up in that category. Luckily for us, there’s still plenty […]

Five Creative Candles to Set the Halloween Mood

Candle light usually means one of two things. It could mean you’re in for a night of romance, or it could mean you’re in for a night of horror, spooks, and dark magic. This Halloween, you can add just the right light to cast sinister shadows for Halloween. Of course, there’s no reason you shouldn’t […]

Get in the Mood for Halloween with “The Scottish Play”

Summer is ending. The kids are heading back to school, even though it’s still hot as Hades, and the first costumes just appeared in the stores. While the Pandora Society is already revving up for our Halloween Masquerade, we understand that it’s difficult to imagine the chills and thrills of October while the community pools […]

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