It is getting time to celebrate with an Oktoberfest party. But, a fun party requires festive decorations. The problem is that Oktoberfest starts in September, and since Halloween has a more general participation the decoration space in many stores is filled with Halloween items. I saw many Halloween items on display in a major store, but no hint of Oktoberfest.
While Oktoberfest had its origin in Bavaria, there is no need for only people of German or Austrian descent to participate. Having fun is universal, so we should use this as an excuse for a party. I am not suggesting a multi-day celebration as one would find in Bavaria, but a fun get together.
In my case I can trace my ancestors, at least some of them, back to Bavaria. So, I am particularly interested in Oktoberfest. But, while attending a large celebration last year, I noticed no one cared if a participant was of German or Austrian heritage. All were welcome.