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Costume Contest

The costume contest! We do so love Halloween. It’s when they think that Jeff is going to take off his mask.

Seriously, we love the creative things that people are worn to our events and we’ve been in love with that for years.

If you want to dress to impress, then you have a chance to come stand before a panel of judges and be voted on for your costumes skill, creativity, freight factor, humor, uniqueness, many other traits.

Bring your best costume! Bring your worst costume! Come on in and have fun!


Jeff Mach

Jeff Mach is the owner of Jeff Mach Events, which runs The Steampunk World’s Fair, Wicked Faire, Dark Side Of The Con (With VampireFreaks), The Geeky Kink Event, and this event. He is known for being dashingly handsome, devastatingly brilliant, superbly witty, and for having access to edit this website text.


Spooky Songs and Stories with Jeff Mach
Jeff will sing a number of Halloween songs, and a few of his originals, and he’ll tell stories fitting for October. Be prepared to have your blood turn to ice! I mean, that’s chemically extremely unlikely, but it’s good to be prepared, right?



Founded by Dr. J.R. Whitcomb in 2011 and have been featured in both Weird NJ magazine and The Star Ledger, Karnevil is considered to be New Jerseys premiere carnival sideshow experience as well as being touted globally as “The worlds most dangerous sideshow.”

Whether bringing you death defying escapes, astounding acts of skill, classic sideshow fare, ridiculous games, or informative presentations on macabre Victorian subject matter, the Karnevil crew delivers above and beyond mortal expectations.

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Karnevil’s 10-in-1 Carnival Sideshow!

Roll up, roll up, fiends and fans for the most fantastical sideshow experience on the east coast! In classic format, a marvelous mixture of more than nine, and less than eleven acts of skill and daring performed live by Karnevils self made freaks. You will meet the human blockhead, a person capable of replicating a self lobotomy and live to talk about it! You will see thrilling escapes from medieval manacles and medical restraints! You will experience first hand the effects of inhumane animal traps on human flesh! All this, and more in a single show! See it once, see it twice, every showing is unique and guaranteed different from the last!​

Tarot Cards, Table Rappers and Con Men

Charlatans, swindlers and frauds abound in the realm of Victorian era mysticism and spiritualism. The Lady Gypsy of Karnevil will spin tales of false mediums, fake fairies and spiritual gold diggers, AND the people hell bent on exposing them.

Karnevil’s Wild West Whip Show

Professional whip artist, Dr. J.R. Whitcomb, demonstrates a variety of bullwhip tricks and targeting maneuvers. A fan favorite, this show has been adapted to fit gaming conventions, renaissance faires, steampunk festivals, and anywhere else there is a need for, “Thrills and Excitement at 768 Miles Per Hour!”


Sinister stories and hellish historical accounts of freaks, fakirs, illusionists, snake oil salesmen and all matters odd. Modern day practitioners of the art of the circus sideshow Dr. J.R. and Gypsy of “”Karnevil”” will guide you through the crowded tents of yesteryear, full of mummies, spinsters, six legged men and other circus freaks! Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Ask a Karnie aka Hungover Brunch With Karnevil

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Paranormal Encyclopedia

Kevin Meares is an experienced demonologist and paranormal investigator. He’s been a popular speaker at JME for many years now.

He is the former host of the Lou Gentile Show and host of Paranormal Encyclopedia, speaker at numerous Jeff Mach Events including 2nd week Halloween in the Catskills 2016


100 Candles

100 candles are lit and 100 ghost stories are told. Accoring to the story when the last candle goes out a spirit will appear. Join us for our second attempt at this game to see just what happens (electronic lights will be used for safety and all stories will be limited to 2 minutes due to time constraints).

Paranormal Encyclopedia Live

Join us for a live taping of the youtube channel “Paranormal Encyclopedia”. Host Kevin Meares will be talking ghosts, angels, demons and weirder things as well as taking questions from the audience.

Speaking with the Dead

Electronic Voice Phenomenon is one of the most interesting forms of paranormal evidence. Simply put its efforts to contact spirits of the dead using an audio recorder. Join us for an experiment in EVP using one of the most effective recorders on the market.

Don’t forget to RSVP for Halloween in the Catskills on Facbook!

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Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales

Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Prepare to be shocked, delighted and horrified during Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales as the one and only Doctor Thaddeus J. Foster rolls into town to beguile audiences with his rare and ghastly brand of storytelling. This is not your Grandma’s puppet show! Nowhere else will audiences have the opportunity to marvel as monsters, specters and demons congregate to terrorize the innocent! Stories of intrigue, love, betrayal lay in store for the curious and the brave. Nothing is sacred for Foster, who reminds us that not every story has a happy ending.


The Long Losts

The Long Losts are a duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012. Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic.

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Doctor Gus

Makers, artists, alchemists, mad scientists. We create uniquely inspired art and accessories to outfit adventurers, no matter what time period you may be exploring. Whether you need to arm yourself against dinosaurs, require a show stopping necklace for a grand ball, or desire to award yourself an important medal. Doctor Gus has you covered!

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Knightley and Company

Knightley and Company makes one of a kind necklaces, brackets, rings and keepsake boxes.

Handmade Jewelry from Upcycled Materials with some a little bling added here and there!

Find Lego and Minifigure Jewelry, Beautiful Chokers, Steampunk, and Author inspired pieces: Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll.

We have Walking Dead, Comic Book Inspired, Penny Dreadful and Doctor Who!


Laughing Dakini Tarot

Non-squeamish, longtime tarot reader and therapist who has been electrocuted before (and declared dead more than once).

Uses humane pithy tarot readings to help querents gain insight into what may help produce the best outcome for the issue.


The Haunt

Haunted house on the empty field at night

What a glorious haunt!

We’ve seen bigger, and we’ve seen fancier, but seldom have we seen a haunted house put together with so much love and creativity, and so great of a desire to bring you both fear and joy.

This mad scientist’s massacre mansion is a steampunk themed haunted house, perhaps the only one still operating in the world.

The haunted house will be open on Saturday night for certain, and if we have all the hunters by then, Friday night as well. As a guest your admission into the house is free.

You can go as often as you want throughout the night!

But we warn you…It becomes scarier and scarier through the night. Our hunters have told us more than once that they have heard a set of unexplained footsteps and every once in a while a hunter will feel a cool breath on their neck only turned around and see nothing there at all.

But you know hunters. There’s probably nothing wrong.

Probably. Probably.

Come take a look at our Kickstarter as we see about finishing off a few very special touches!


The Grand Halloween Ball

What makes a splendid Halloween ball? Well admittedly, being invited there by a group of vampires and witches in order to sample unholy delights would promptly be pretty neat, along with an animated skeleton band playing waltzing tunes from the 1880s.

We don’t quite have all that, but this ball is absolutely unbelievable. Because the resort makes its own food, and because you have access resort necessarily we can get in weeks in advance to begin decorating the ballroom and you can contribute if you want!

You can bring your own decor, your own special items, your own pieces to make that room into its dark, spookmatic best!

The treats!  The drinks!  The many joys!

The autumn treats! The candy and the cake! The dancing the conversation, the merriment!

This is the kind of ball which in and of itself can easily cost $75 to $150 New York City. But we bring it to you as just one part of Halloween the Catskills, because we love you.

And of course, let’s NOT forget the Halloween punch, regular and “high test” varieties.


The Great Steampunk Roadster, Halloween Edition

“This project started in December of 2007 when I decided that I wanted to build a steam powered vehicle and that a kit car from the 1970’s would be the perfect platform on which to build it. I went on eBay and within a short period of time found exactly what I imagined would be the perfect car.

“I also started researching steam engines for automotive use and learning about boilers and control systems. It didn’t take long to come to the realization that the amount of design, experimentation, and fabrication necessary to construct a function steam powerplant was beyond what I could do while I still had a day job.

“Thus, I decide to resurrect the original VW engine and drive train and make a fun and easy to operate and maintain roadster.”

~Jake Von Slatt
Creator of the Roadster

We at JME and Halloween In the Catskills love this car.

We love driving it around, we love having on property, we love all of the people taking pictures with it, and we love the fact that Jake has decided to leave with us as its new home. It’s perfect here at Blackthorne, located near Thomas Williford’s giant robot.

So come see us spook it up!

Come see it in its most haunting and most Halloween disguise. Take all the photographs you want!

The car’s decoration will be changing every year and with each event.


The Bonfire

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.”
~Robert Frost

There are a few Halloween traditions as ancient and is powerful as that of the bonfire. We are all aware that the Druids of the Samhaim built great bonfires in the shape of humans and animals, sewn together through animal skins, to peers tonight and we can the veil between the worlds that the dead might walk in the living might know them again.

Now, round outbound fire, we telltales, we see stories, we stand and silently enjoy the warmth, we stare into the flames and see what inspiration or demons might pop out.

It’s one of the simplest get one of the most incredible experiences of the weekend. Join us for it!