In this post, we’ll look at how Halloween is making a spooky comeback in the French capital.
Halloween still remains a relatively recent phenomenon in France. By contrast, the French have for centuries celebrated All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint), on November 1st, a quiet day on which Christians visit cemeteries to honour the graves of the deceased, and take the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.
But Halloween, which many of us associate with trick-or-treating, scary costumes, jack-o’-lantern pumpkins and haunted houses, is growing increasingly popular in Paris.
Whether you’re a family, a student or a young professional, this should give you a few ideas on how to celebrate October 31st in the French capital.
What to expect
While Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in Paris, don’t expect the same level of celebrations, especially if you’re from the USA, Canada, England or Ireland.
Trick-or-treating, for example, is rare in the French capital, so you’re better off buying some candy and planning your own fun for the kids!
Expats aside, you won’t find many people dressed up for Halloween, but don’t let that stop you and your kids from from giving people the fright of their lives! Here are a few recommendations for picking up fancy-dress in Paris:
Au fou rire
Affordable costumes for kids and adults for rent and for sale
Address: 22 bis rue Faubourg Montmartre, 75009, Paris
Opening times: Monday-Saturday (09.30-19.30)
Au bal masqué
Fewer monsters and more historic period outfits. Basic accessories are affordable or you can choose to splash out on costume hire for a night.
Address: 1 Avenue Alphand, 75116, Paris
Opening times: Tuesday-Friday (10.30-18.30); Saturdays (11.00-19.00)
À la poupée merveilleuse
A small fancy-dress boutique with costumes and party supplies to suit all occasions.
Address: 9 rue du Temple, 75004, Paris
Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday (10.00-19.00)
Want to make the most of Halloween without going trick-or-treating but wondering what stays open? Look no further!
- Disneyland Paris is putting on its annual Halloween festival (October 1st-November 2nd), where Mickey and friends must overcome Disney’s greatest villains. Click here to find out more.
- Parc Astérix will be running its famous « peur sur le parc » between October 15th and November 2nd, and will stay open until midnight on October 29th, 30th and 31st for its classic fright nights. Click here to find out more.
- If you’d rather not leave Paris but won’t settle for a quiet night in, you might be interested in the late-night visits offered by the Musée Grévin, the historic wax museum that each year offers its chilling « Grands Frissons » (20.00-23.00, October 19th-31st), and Le Manoir, an eerie haunted house where the monsters will be waiting to greet you for its brand-new «Prom Night » (14.00-22.00, October 18th-November 6th)