Halloween is not widely celebrated in France, unlike All Saints Day on November 1st. On this day the French usually go to the cemeteries, and you can observe people in mourning at Pere Lachaise or Montparnasse Cemetery or Montmartre Cemetery in Paris. The graves decorated with flowers and candles are also part of the tradition. However, due to globalization, American-style Halloween also gains popularity in Paris with many special tours, thrilling experiences, pub crawls, and costume parties all over the city.
Disney’s Halloween Festival (September 26–November 1, 2020)
Disneyland Paris shows off its best and brightest colours during Halloween. From late September through early November the park is filled with ghosts, pumpkins and baddies. Meet your favourite spooky Disney characters: Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, and wicked sea witch Ursula. Watch Mickey’s smart tricks as he steals the show on a fabulous new float in the Halloween Cavalcade. A holiday show with Disney villains, new attractions at Phantom Manor, and three experiences in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are the most popular at this time. Halloween Evening with numerous surprises and trick-or-treating in the park until 2 a.m. is undoubtedly going to be an experience of a lifetime.
Halloween at Parc Astérix (October 3–November 1, 2020)
Halloween at the Parc Astérix stuns with dozens of activities and characters is a fantastic experience. Visit numerous haunted houses, meet evil creatures and incredible monsters. Most popular attractions include the Curiosities Workshop for little Gauls to put on make-up, the Catacombs Haunted House, the Magna Maleficus magic show and the costume parade of the Monsters Mission Perdue on a strange planet. The festival runs from early October to early November.
Halloween Workshops at Chocolate Museum (October 18–31, 2020, on selected days)
Every year, Atelier Halloween au Choco-Story (Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat) in Paris invites young and old for a workshop dedicated to making some seriously delicious Halloween treats. Make chocolate candy in the shape of pumpkins, owls and scary monsters. Parents, don't have to worry about too many sweets: broccoli, camembert and anchovy are also on the party list for a unique tasting.
Halloween cruise (dates for 2020 TBA)
Every fall, Paris offers Croisière Halloween sur la Seine or Halloween Cruise on the Seine by The Vedettes de Paris. The family-friendly cruise with a program in French and English showcases scary legends and historical facts about Paris. Learn all the dark secrets of the city as you glide along the water. Costumes are welcomed on board.
There is no better occasion to party than Halloween. With costumes, scary decorations and holiday spirit, you just can't go wrong. There are dozens of Halloween parties in Paris, like Scary Halloween at Hide Pub and The Halloween Party at California Avenue. Paris Salle Pleyel hosts the vibrant SOS Monstre show, while the Bal des Princesses throws their favourite annual event—the Bal des Vampires.