The thing that most convinced us that the Steampunk Haunted House will likely be awesome—besides the fact that we have yet to tire of this subculture of people who go out in broad daylight dressed like Victorian time travelers—was this part of the haunted house’s official disclaimer: “There will be fog effects, strobe lights, loud noises, lots of dust, soot, dripping pipes, churning gears, rusty metal, and other things that will hurt you if you touch them.” Honestly, what’s scarier than people who desperately want to travel back to the time of Jack the Ripper? And if you just can’t get enough of odd neo-Victorian attire, catch the Steampunk Fashion Show at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, at the Brooklyn Indie Market (on the corner of Smith and Union streets in Carroll Gardens).

Oct. 28-31, 2009