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Twitching for the Witching

26 Oct

So the dark hours are nearly descending upon us. No I am not talking about daylight saving, although that is coming very soon as well. I am talking about the spooking hours, as it is nearly Halloween. With many party celebrations starting this weekend, including the BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY I am gathering inspiration for my costume and all things halloween.

So here are some quick links to parties and events this weekend.

Friday Night Skate Zombie Special, Film Museum, Vondel Park, 26th October 2012, FREE




BOSS, From the old to the New, Paradiso, 26th October 2012, 12pm, 13.50Euros



Halloween Parade,Van Metro-station Rokin, 8pm, Saturday 27th October, 2012,  FREE



BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY, Barco, Saturday 26th October 2012, 9pm, 5 EUROS



Halloween Run, These zombies don’t walk, they RUN! Join Run2Day in their annual Halloween Run. Special flesh mob at the Odeon will take place midway during the run at 23:00pm, 27th October 2012, FREE


DEAD FAMOUS, Odeon Theater, 27th October 2012, 10pm, Tickets 22 Euros




ImageThe End is Near Party , Saturday October 27th 2012 , Tickets 24.50 Euros



The Freakiest Halloween Special Everrrr…, Amsterdam Beat Club, Paradiso, 11pm, 31st October 2012, 5 EUROS


Halloween at Roest! Authentic American Halloween bash, 31st October 2012, 20:00pm * Entree € 5

Get your SPOOK on!

12 Oct

The Munchies

So it’s that time of year again……. to get ready , to throw out your inhibitions, to get a little bit creative and crafty, and hopefully down right weird and scary!


And this year I can notify all you Amsterdammer’s and anyone else out there thinking of a fun little holiday jaunt, to get their butt’s along to THE BAD ASS HALLOWEEN PARTY, at De Neiuwe Anita, Amsterdam for Halloween celebrations this year!

Joris and Mirabai de Monchy bring to you:

So who are Joris and Mirabai De Monchy?

Well otherwise known as The Munchies, they are a brood of five, Ma, Pa, and their three girls. Having re -located from U.S.A a long, long time ago and carrying some NL blood along with them, means they cook up a fine home-brew of stateside Halloween fun mixed with some freaky deaky Dutch-style!

Think the ultimate Adam’s Family but with a serious lot more cool, kook and loveliness about them. They are also my dear friends and the ULTIMATE party people!

So I interviewed them to get a bit more on the low down about their awe-inspiring fun, Halloween nights and why and MOST importantly, the costumes and whom is the BEST dressed!


So M and J what made you start your infamous HALLOWEEN PARTIES?


Our history of giving a good party.  Great music, great costumes, prizes, pumpkin carving, horror d’oeuvres and partying till 7-8 am. This will be the first year we won’t be able to realize the free & all night party parts.  We started it out of a love for throwing parties and dressing up. It just feels right.


It was from an overwhelming sense of duty. When we came to Europe, we felt it as a calling to spread the gospel of the best holiday of the year among the unknowing heathens here.


Why are they infamous, are there any “non” censored stories you can share with us?


Halloween 2 I believe 7am playing bocce down the stairs (4 flights) and out onto the street, Halloween (4?)  The topless man dance with MC Tom, you know who you are boys! One of the times the cops came one of the Female Officers had been to our Halloween party 2 years before!  One of the guys had even slept with her…! That was a laugh. Great Dancing.  Every time.


Pretty much every year the cops show up to tell us to turn the music down. They always come as a pair, one experienced and one rookie. One year the cops showed up and the rookie, the newbie, was being very sheepish, keeping her head down, obviously uncomfortable. In the days after the party photos started circulating of a chick at a previous Halloween party completely off her face. It turned out to be the new cop, just before she started cop school.


Have they always been in Amsterdam and what type of venues are you always looking for in a good party?


We were definitely one of the first in Amsterdam.  The first party we threw no one came there was about 8 of us.  Went out to Mazzo at some point on Oct 31st all dressed up and nobody knew what to make of us.  The next year was one of our best H’ween parties ever.  The ultimate venue is always someone’s home or a warehouse.  The best-unadulterated fun can only come from house parties + BYO booze and the freedom of partying till you want to. No entry charges, everyone just pitches in a bit and we like to treat our friends to some music and drinks anyway.  Nice and easy fun. Non-commercial.  Spend your money on your costume.


They have always been in Amsterdam, and 7 of the 10 have been at our home. A few have been with our apartment and the apartment beneath us. I find that having the party at home creates the best atmosphere. It’s more relaxing. You can have a kitchen party, that sort of thing.

Party Decks- I’m guessing the aftermath!


I believe this is HALLOWEEN 10? So it’s a biggie, where will it be this year and what can we expect to be in store for this year’s celebration?


This year it is at the lovely and fitting: De Nieuwe Anita.  We are offering a minimal cover €5 but with the same constant rule: No Costume? No Party, No exceptions.  Live bands & acts, DJ’s and for those early birds Tombstone Chocolate cake and Cava.  DNA closes early so we have to get started early!  Prizes and craziness as always!


After having taken a break for 2 years, we decided that we couldn’t let another year slip by without carrying on the tradition. Although it is Halloween 10, it is actually going to be a slightly milder version, because the venue we are hosting it at, De Nieuwe Anita, closes at 1. We want to kick it off as early as possible by starting our line-up of entertainment at 20.00. People will be well primed to carry on at the various other parties that evening.


Who normally has the best outfit M or J and why and how long does it take you to come up with and make your costume?


Hmm. Joris probably.  Lots of times I am so busy organizing I don’t put loads of time into the concept. That is J’s strong point concept but he doesn’t take much time putting it together.  I loved him as Pim Fortuyn but the German Tourist was too much for me.

Mirabai- Hostess with the Mostess


I do. I have even won 2nd prize one year as the German tourist.


Whom has been the best dressed and why over the years?


Off the top of my head, Dorien made his & hers Naked Suits, great, World Trade Center- guess which year, complete with crashing airplanes, people hanging off and fire trucks.  My kids actually play with that fire truck now. Robot- Vinny looked so good and kept on his box all night on the dance floor doing guess what- ‘the robot’ of course. He drank all night through a straw (cardboard boxes spray painted silver), fish girl- garbage bags and black duct tape.  Fins, flippers, spine- really quite impressive, Leonie as Marie-Antoinette, toilet paper rolls for powdered hairdo, make-up and corset & buttress. Oh there are so many good ones…

Twin Towers


The naked people (Dorien made full body naked suits for her and her bf. Other first prizes have include robot man, Nacho libre, fish girl (homemade outfit made from various plastic bags and gaffer tape). One very noteworthy outfit was the twin towers couple.

Naked suits


Whom has had the worst outfit and why over the years?


People who show up without and outfit.  I don’t let them in.  Sometimes another Halloweener will take pity on them and give them make-up.  It’s not always take in stride! Or the people who just come with a rubber mask.  It just isn’t comfortable, and they don’t keep it on all night so they never sport the character.  Also absolute 0 for concept.


Can’t say really. Store bought costumes or head masks tend to be pretty lame. You can tell if someone has really put the effort into his or her persona. Costumes made a home from scratch are always a hit. Your outfit doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or complex. I had a great outfit as hugger man the bear. I went to the kringloop and bought all 50 of their teddy bears and pinned them to shirt. Tada, instant cool outfit! Obviously the very worst you can do is not get dressed up. Fortunately we have a very strict door policy: No costume? No party. No exceptions. This ensures that those people who DID make the effort are rewarded with a comfortable environment of fellow believers, making the magic real.

Joris – hugger man the bear costume


And finally will there be a Halloween 11?


Lets say yes.  We’re not commercially inspired so we let chance take a role in the decision.  We would prefer to have it in a warehouse or home, we’ll just see what next year turns up!  We are always ready…


Definitely. I’m hoping to have it back at home next year, or if someone is willing to give up their own home for the sake of the party, I will pay for the cleaners.



I’m guessing DON’T worry Niewue Anita there will be no cops called this year…..but then maybe there will be an after party somewhere….. who knows.

This party will definitely be good value fun at one of the coolest venues in town. And you better go ALL out on those costumes, as you have some serious veteran Halloweener’s to contend with.

What on earth will Joris wear this year?

Whom will win the Gold First Prize for best costume?

I have know idea, but I cannot wait to find out and I tell you what, I will definitely be going for GOLD prize!



7pm- 1am October 29, 2011
Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 Amsterdam

No Costume = No Party, No exceptions
€5 at the door
DJ’s, live acts & More!
Best dressed Prizes at stroke of Midnight

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