Halloween is still a long way off, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from starting to stock their shelves with costumes and decorations for the event. Desperate to get in on literally anything that could be made into a costume, these have started popping up:
Terrifying, I know, but I must urge you to maintain your composure. Variations on this theme appeared for last year’s Halloween, so it should be of no surprise that these have returned.
And, since Halloween is an occasion where people usually dress up as things that they are not, having these costumes poses no major threat to our subculture at large. Steampunks who are dedicated to the subculture will continue creating and making amazing things regardless of whether or not corporations think they can make a profit off of our look long after Halloween comes and goes.
So while these costumes are somewhat disturbing to our unique subculture and style, I don’t think it’s cause to “jump airship” so to speak. That certainly doesn’t mean you have to take anyone who actually expects you to take these sorry excuses for a Steampunk fashion statement seriously. Still, be nice to them. They may be new to the subculture and be unfamiliar with how un-Steampunk it is to buy your “costume” in a prepackaged set from Wal-Mart.
And, if they just don’t get it, that’s fine too. It’ll all be over on November 1.