It seems to me that Halloween is the perfect time to get all over steampunk. What with the fall colors and the spirit of DIY and costuming, not to mention a surfeit of smoke machines (steam!) it's a great excuse to play with the steampunk aesthetic. So I have gathered together 10 ways to steampunk up your Halloween festivities.
4. Get decorative with old metal parts for large or small installation decorations
Here, for example is a steampunk spider, crawling out the fireplace or over the mantelpiece. Or you can use teacups and teapots, even old cracked ones, and place orange candles inside them, have small black cats or some other creature perched inside, crawling out. Don't forget that octopus and other slimy creatures can be both creepy and steampunk.
5. Use accessories to decorate.
Here, for example a black parasol becomes a table decoration accompanied by various nibbles.
Or, a top hat becomes a table feature. You could use a clean one to pass out candy, or even cover one with cling film before filling with chips or dried flowers.
Take inspiration from Sheyne & Glenn's scientific Victorian steampunk octopus wedding. Smoke machines are the best!
6. I know it's Halloween, but don't forget savory food.
Here are some cheesy nibbles from the frozen food section of my local grocery store, we just arranged them nicely. A few small pumpkins or gourds scattered about, the occasional gear or steampunk object, and old clock, and suddenly it's Steampunk Halloween.
7. Lighting is worth a bit of attention.
In addition to carving pumpkins, you can also use parasols for lighting (although take care to be mindful of fire hazards).
Cover with some fake spider webbing and a big bug or two and creepy combines with classy.
8. If you wanted to get super creative, helium inflated balloons make great looking hot air balloons or chubby dirigibles.
Here some friends created hot air balloon hats for a very silly event using string, ribbon, glue, and tiny baskets.