Where to celebrate Halloween in Paris Region ?
In October, the Paris region is awash with the ghoulish colours of Halloween, and is the perfect place for a fantastic holiday! With an exhibition on Dracula, gruesome tours, workshops for you and your little ones and quirky sweet shops to explore, this handy guide is the perfect partner for planning your entire trip.
2019 Halloween events in Paris Region
Fearful yet fascinating
The vampires made famous by Bram Stoker have taken the silver screen by storm, making their way into all sorts of film and TV productions. From Murnau to Twilight, the “Vampires: from Dracula to Buffy” exhibition at the Cinémathèque invites you to step inside these fanged heroes’ world.
If you love ghosts, ghouls and pumpkins, head to Disney’s Halloween Festival from september the 28th to november the 3rd 2019 at Disneyland®Paris, where Disney’s most notorious villains will be waiting for you. Come and experience the spine-tingling thrills of the park’s most petrifying rides, and visit the inhabitants of the newly-reopened Phantom Manor.
After-dark shows and parties keep the most ghoulish gathering of the year going long into the night.
At the Paris Zoological Park, enjoy a traditional Halloween experience. There are sweets to be won and a competition to choose the best Jack-o’-lantern. As an added bonus, anyone who comes in fancy dress on Halloween will get 20% off their entry ticket!
If you fancy a bit of cooking, head off to Choco-Story with your kids to make some chocolates filled with… garlic, fish or cheese ! Gulp!
Are you ready to put your bravery to the ultimate test? Then head into the Manoir de Paris to experience fear…real fear. A special Halloween show will be coming to the manor for the month, which will engulf you in a horror film like no other, complete with stunning special effects. Get ready for nightmares! (Not recommended for children under 12, and pregnant women are not admitted)
At France Miniature, there’s something magical about the October holidays. A witch has shrunk all of France’s monuments, and needs help from the park’s miniature visitors to find the potion that will put them back to normal. All the more reason to explore France through the eyes of a giant!
Take a tour of the macabre legends of Paris Region
If you enjoy gruesome tales
The City of Lights invites you to discover its dark side. As you walk around the centre of Paris, go through the gateway of the Square du Vert-Galant. Situated at the tip of the romantic Ile de la Cité, it hides a terrible secret. It was actually here in this spot in 1314 that the last masters of the Knights Templar Order were burnt at the stake.
Legend has it that the two condemned men cursed the king of France Philip the Fair over thirteen generations as they were being burnt alive.
It is also said that in the Middle Ages, Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was beheaded in Montmartre, then marched to the north of the capital carrying his head under his arm. He collapsed after six kilometres, taking care to entrust his skull to a devout woman who was there.
To find out about this story and the stories of the French kings, visit the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis built on the very spot where the bishop fell. The monument contains the recumbent statues and tombs of numerous rulers of the country. Take a guided tour or get an audio guide and find out little anecdotes about the lives of these leading figures.
For an even more macabre tale
The Opéra Garnier takes you in the footsteps of the legendary Phantom of the Opera during a private guided evening tour after the monument has closed to the public. The phantom arose from a fire in 1873 and lived in the basement of the building, causing tragic accidents.
It is also said that Box 5 was reserved for him. Dare you come and meet him ?
Trick or treat ?
Halloween also means sweets and goodies
Visitparisregion reveals the best places to go to get your sugar fix. A genuine Ali Baba’s cave, “Bonbon du Palais” takes you on a tour of French confectionery through a selection of the country’s finest marshmallows, hard-boiled sweets, pralines and toffees.
A true Parisian institution, “A La Mère de famille” situated near the Grands Boulevards takes you on a trip back in time among stalls with chocolates, marzipan animals and bags of toffees.
And finally, at “Käramell” in the 9th arrondissement, try Merlin’s pills with their amazing powers !
Addresses : Bonbon du Palais: 19 rue Monge 75005 Paris
A La mère de famille (historic store): 35 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris (9 other addresses in Paris)
Käramell: 15 rue des Martyrs 75009 Paris