Each year, the magic of Halloween is a little more widespread in the streets of Paris … And on this occasion, there is plenty to do as a family. Those who love a good scare are also invited to discover unexpected experiences – goosebumps guaranteed!
With the family
Disney's Halloween Festival
Disneyland Paris will be filled with ghosts, pumpkins and baddies this Halloween. There will be plenty of terrifying events on offer, so kids of all ages can scare themselves silly in the company of Mickey Mouse, who is celebrating 90 years of entertainment this year.
Special festivities are on the cards for 2018: a brand-new float devoted to the world’s best-known mouse will be part of a small Halloween parade, plus a whole new attraction, ‘Mickey and his PhilharMagic Orchestra’ (a 4D concert movie featuring some of the most memorable Disney songs) and of course the Halloween Party on 31 October, when you can make the most of all the attractions and some exciting surprises until 2am. Disneyland bends the rules and allows everyone to wear a costume on the 31st evening, so you’ll get a chance to dress up!
- Dates : from 1 October to 4 November 2018
- Disneyland Paris - 77 Marne-la-Vallée
Halloween at the Parc Astérix
Halloween at the Parc Astérix means activities and characters get out of control! Haunted houses, evil creatures and fantastic monsters terrorize (or amuse) Young Gauls. This year, some incredible live events and shows will give kids and adults plenty of thrills and chills:‘La Foire aux 6 Trouilles’, special pumpkin carving workshop for children, 'Firework and flames show*’ with juggling and choreography, ‘Sound and Light show’ in front of the Ozlris attraction, the Magna Maleficus magic show and the ‘Drakkar ghost parade’.*
*On late night openings only.
- Dates: from 6 October to 4 November 2018. Park closed from 8 to 12 and 15 to 19 October.
- Times: 10am-6pm. 10am-10pm on 13, 20, 27 and 30 October. Exceptional late night opening on 31 October, 1, 2 and 3 November, from 7pm to 1am in the morning (requires the purchase of a specific ticket - number of tickets limited)
- Parc Astérix - 60 Plailly
Halloween workshop at the musée gourmand du chocolat
How about making your own Halloween treats? The Gourmet Chocolate Museum invites kids and adults to make delicious chocolate in the shape of pumpkins, owls ... and many other delights. But surprise! Broccoli, camembert and anchovy are also on the party list for a unique tasting.
Advance booking required
- Choco-Story Paris - Le musée du chocolat - 28 boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle - Paris 10th
Chills at the museum
Sometimes music can make your hair stand on end. World music instruments are capable of producing some very scary sounds and beats. The workshop tours at the Philharmonie de Paris give children and adults a chance to learn how these sounds are made and try their hand at making spooky music to go with an extract from a film.
- Dates: 23 and 30 October 2018
- Times: 2.30pm
- Philharmonie de Paris - 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th
Halloween at the Paris Zoo
The Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) is celebrating Halloween too. Pumpkins and spiders lurk in various corners, and a number of unusual events are being organized. You can discover a ‘den’ of giant spiders from Madagascar, examine a collection of zoological oddities including naturalized specimens, animal skeletons and tracks, learn all there is to know about snakes, spiders and birds, and watch the animals being fed.
Don’t miss the ‘Day of Shivers’ on 31 October: there will be a makeup workshop and storytelling sessions for children, while adults can make the most of the late opening (until 9pm) to visit the vivarium, the cabinet of oddities and the large tropical greenhouse.
- Dates : from 20 October to 4 November 2018
- Parc Zoologique de Paris - Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
Special Halloween cruise
The Vedettes de Paris invite you to discover their special Halloween cruises with the family, in French and English. Programme: you’ll hear many, disturbing historic facts and frightening Parisian legends as you glide along the water. It will change your view of the capital for ever!
- Dates: 30, 31 October and 1 November 2018
- Departures: 3pm
- Embarkation point: Port de Suffren, Paris 7th (below the Eiffel Tower)
More special Halloween events
Several other events are being held in various parts of Paris: a Murder Party at the Conciergerie on 31 October (at 2.30pm); a ‘Detective’ treasure hunt organized by Paris ma Belle; Inside Opéra, the escape game at the Palais Garnier (until 4 November); outdoor activities and workshops for children from 21 to 31 October at France Miniature, the musical La famille Addams (The Addams Family) until 4 November at the Casino de Paris, etc. Lots of ways to have a good (and scary) time!
For older kids
Grévin goes insane
Young people over the age of 16 have some terror-filled evenings in store at Grévin Paris. An innocuous wax museum by day, it transforms into a horror hospital at nightfall. Expect a nightmarish atmosphere, spine chilling decor, and encounters with some horrible characters: the mysterious doctor, the hideous chief nurse, the creepy surgeon. Will you manage to stay sane amid all the madness?
- Dates: from 25 to 31 October 2018
- Times: from 8pm to midnight / late night opening on 27, 30 and 31 October from 8pm to 1am in the morning.
- Grévin Paris - 10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9th
Halloween at the Manoir de Paris - Toxic
This Halloween, visitors to the Manoir de Paris will find themselves caught up in the middle of a terrifying pandemic. A virus named Toxic is killing off people in droves, and the only safe place to be is the Manoir de Paris laboratory, which has been quarantined. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the corridors of the Manoir and there is something very scary about all the staff members. Can the survivors be sure the place is really safe? Highly realistic decor, costumes and special effects make this mega-production – a blend of sci-fi and horror – a truly terrifying experience. Thrill seekers take note!
Not recommended for children under 12 years old.
- Dates: from 5 October to 18 November 2018
- Times: from 6pm to 10pm on 5, 12, 19 October, 9 and 16 November. From 3pm to 7pm on 6, 7 October, 10, 11, 17 and 18 November. From 4pm to 10pm on 13, 14, 20, 21 October and from 24 to 30 October. From 4pm to 11pm on 31 October, 1 and 3 November
- Manoir de Paris - 18 rue de Paradis, Paris 10th
For dancing at Halloween …
Once you’ve stopped trembling, why not wiggle your hips at the numerous parties organized for the 31 October, Halloween night? The programme includes: Freaky Cirkus Halloween Party at the Etoiles – 10th, Halloween Masquerade: masked ball – 7th, at Flow, La Fiesta de los Muertos at the Bellevilloise – 20th...
The dancefloors may seem welcoming, however the atmosphere is gruesome and the costumes morbid!
So, from a family outing, a terrifying tour or a night of dancing, which do you choose to celebrate Halloween in Paris?