“Well, young Jasper,” said Hugo Fforbes, in the deepest and most sinister voice he could manage, “If I pull my cape around myself just so, do you think I could pass for Count Dracula?”
Jasper looked critically at the elderly gentleman and paused.
“Well, Sir,” he said at length, “I think it would be rather a pity to cover your splendid mechanical arm. It looks far more imposing than those false teeth.”
Hugo smiled. “Perhaps you’re right, my boy. I’m just trying to get into this Halloween spirit.”
“Well Pa said we’re already fairly spooky, being retrofuturists and only existing in a parallel universe. And when I asked Mrs S if she’d be dressing up for the Spooktacular Fair on Saturday, she said if she didn’t wear any make-up that would be enough to scare all the customers away. She said we should simply be ourselves.”
“Well to be honest, that’s quite a relief,” the Steamic War veteran exclaimed. “Those vampire teeth cut into my gums most unpleasantly.”
“I think it will be a lot like any other Steampunk-Shrunk stall, to be honest,” added Jeremiah, Jasper’s father, who had just sauntered across to join them. “We will be displaying our black and silver furniture range. The witch’s hovel will probably be centre stage and there are all manner of skull candles, steampumpkins and potions for those of a ghoulish disposition. I gather Mrs S has added in extra copies of the spell and potion books, too.”
“And I’ve never seen so many purple lights,” grinned Jasper. “I think it’s going to be rather exciting.”
“Well the last time I visited the city of Wells, it seemed a rather sedate place,” Hugo observed. “Many of the locals seemed to be in the autumn of their lives, one might say, and did not appear the type of persons to dress up in, er…”
“Vampire costumes?” suggested Jasper.
“Touché,” Hugo smiled, tapping the boy’s bowler hat playfully. “At any rate, I need to go and oil my arm, ready for Saturday.”
“What was that about?” Jeremiah asked.
“Oh, nothing Pa. Could we perhaps hide a few of the pumpkins and skulls in our cabinets?”
“Well maybe one or two,” agreed his father. “But keep it subtle.”
It remains to be seen whether Jasper heeds his father’s advice.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of the small – but perfectly formed – city of Wells in Somerset on Saturday 26th October 2019, do come along to the town hall and hunt us out.
Failing that, we will be in the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury on November 16th – the day of the famous Glastonbury Carnival.
We look forward very much to making your acquaintance at one of these events. If you live too far away, however, we currently have a Spooky Sale promotion on a number of Halloween-related items (as shown here) at our SteampunkDollsHouse Etsy shop.