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A Scary Oktoberfest Halloween by Erjy Kolaskin

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I just realized October is a kick-ass month: itís the time of both the Oktoberfest and Halloween, both events at which adults act as kids, without the fear of retribution from their judgmentally jealous peers.

The real Oktoberfest is in Munich and starts in September only to end in the first days of October. The real Halloween is on the last day of October. But both events have infused and spread through October, as thoroughly as a potent whiskey is respected in Scottish bars.

It seems that October has become this bridge in between the summer months and the winter vacation. Itís the new hot spot of the year, the new way to celebrate the short autumn that we have in Montreal.

Many bars and restaurants feature Oktoberfest specials, like the Irish Embassy that has a month long Oktoberfest food menu, and most micro-breweries that have special beers brewed in the Oktoberfest tradition (for example, La Succursale, and our beloved Benelux).

For the night of horror, many nightclubs have Halloween themed nights, but most importantly, the whole city comes to life with countless house parties, at which otherwise serious students and young professionals dress up in the most exuberant and weirdest fashions, all this without being mocked or considered crazy.

But even before the dreadful Halloween night, the city of Montreal was invaded by hordes of Catholic-school-girl dressed zombies, during the now infamously annual Montreal Zombie Walk (that was on October 22).

The first celebration comes from Europe and is invading Montreal. The Oktoberfest is a tradition born in Munich, Bavaria, home of the best Weiss-beers in the world. The second celebration, Halloween comes from North-America and is currently invading Europe. Less than 10 years ago, no one was celebrating Halloween on the old continent. Now, Europeans of all age are starting to catch-up to the wonderful excuse for dressing-up like pimps or whores. Once again, partying is the social glue that brings cultures and people together.

Obviously, the city of Montreal will be filled with organized horror-inspiring events all week-end long. You can pick-up a copy of the Montreal Mirror or read the article here.

But your best bet is still youíre friends and the house parties theyíll be throwing. Or if you want a quiet night "tÍte-ŗ-tÍte" with your lover (for those who didnít get that, it means quiet night alone with your loved one), then just take her or his hand, and head over to the Notre-Dame Cemetery for a romantic Halloween night walk. I can assure you that youíre loved one will be back quicker to your place than you ever imagined possible.

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