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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Halloween season 2020

Nothing seems the same for 2020. That includes Halloween this year. There will be fewer parties, few public events, and no children going door to door yelling “trick or treat.”

However, dieselpunks are resilient. We’re not going to let the pandemic spoil our fun. So here’s a few Halloween tips to help.

Dark and Deco at Joann Fabrics

Recently the Dark Cabaret entertainer Aurelio Voltaire visited his local Joann Fabrics store for his video series Gothic Homemaking. There he found that their theme this year is called “Dark and Deco”. He described it as though Gatsby had become a member of the Addams Family. I’ve included his YouTube video. If you want to jump to the Joann segment, it begins at 15:50 minutes.

On a side note, check out the cover of his album "Then and Again." 

Lee Presson and the Nails: “Last Request”

Lee Presson and the Nails always deliver great quality music. And their most recent Dieselpunk CD “Last Request” is perfect for Halloween, although I listen to it year around.

Classic Diesel Era Halloween

Want some classic Halloween from the Diesel Era? Thanks to the magic of YouTube that’s easy.

For music, I recommend the YouTube video “13 Vintage Halloween Songs from the 1910's, 20's, & 30's”

Of course, there were great cartoons from that era as well. Here’s just a few:

Silly Symphonies - The Skeleton Dance (1929)


The Haunted House (1929)


The Mad Doctor (1933)

Modern Disney Animated Short

I found this odd Disney contemporary short entertaining and fitting.

Ghoul Friend | A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Dieselpunk Gothic Music Videos

These videos speak for themselves. Great Gothic Dieselpunk fun:

Black Swamp Village - the Speakeasies' Swing Band!


Ghost of Stephen Foster - The Squirrel Nut Zippers

Lovecraft Country

If you’re not already watching HBO’s Lovecraft Country, you should be. Lovecraft Country is without a doubt the best small screen Dieselpunk since HBO’s Carniv├ále. And it’s perfect for Halloween.


Speaking of Carnivàle, the first season episode Babylon was one of the scariest ever.


Here's wishing everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.

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