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. From 28 September to 3 November 2019, kids and grownups can enjoy some chilling encounters and thrills in the company of the characters they love to hate: Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook ...
Special festivities are on the cards for 2018: a new show with Disney villains, who welcome into their ranks the wicked sea witch Ursula, from The Little Mermaid, new attractions at Phantom Manor, three new experiences in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, spread out at random. This year, there will be two not one Halloween Evenings so that visitors can make the most of the attractions and numerous surprises in the park until 2am in the morning (on 26 and 31 October). 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 28 September to 3 November 2019
- 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, to celebrate the tenth edition of ‘Peur sur le Parc’, there is some unforgettable entertainment in store for young and old alike: the Curiosities Workshop for little Gauls to put on make-up, the new haunted house - the Catacombs*, the Magna Maleficus magic show and the parade of the Monsters Mission Perdue on a strange planet ...
*supplement payable (€5 extra).
- Dates: from 5 October to 3 November 2019. Park closed from 8 to 12 and 15 to 19 October.
- Times: 10am-6pm. 10am-10pm on 12, 19, 26 and 29 October. Exceptional late night opening on 30 and 31 October, and 1, 2 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
A scary breakfast at the Hard Rock Café Paris
On Sunday 27 October 2019, enjoy a proper American breakfast – the huge buffet-style Lil' Monsters Breakfast. Children and grown-ups are invited to come along wearing a disguise. Kids will be transformed into a terrifying monster or a wicked witch at the make-up counter, and take part in fun activities like learning to decorate doughnuts...
- Date: 27 October 2019
- Times: 8.45am-11.45am
- Hard Rock Café Paris - 14 boulevard Montmartre - Paris 9th
A spine-chilling escape game on the Seine
The very first escape game on the Seine is being launched this Halloween. From 28 October to 2 November 2019, fearless players of all ages can take part in a frightening escape game on the Bateaux Parisiens boat. Children embarking on the cursed cruise will encounter a witch and her ghastly creatures, and try to release them from a spell. Grown-ups make their way through a sinister medieval setting as the clock ticks down to find an incantation to use to send the witch Alzébiel to hell.
- Dates: Children’s cruise – 1.15pm or 4.15pm, 28 October to 2 November 2019. Cruise for adults: 6.45pm or 8.45pm, 31 October 2019.
- Bateaux parisiens - Port de la Bourdonnais - Paris 7th
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: 29 October 2019
- Times: 2.30pm
- Philharmonie de Paris - 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th
Halloween at the Paris Zoo
From 19 October to 3 November, the Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) is celebrating strangeness with its Rendez-vous Sauvage Europe focussing on an unusual creature, the Blob - a recent newcomer to the zoo. Mini workshops, for over 6-year-olds, enable kids to learn more about it. They can also get to know other amazing and disconcerting animals at the zoo.
There will be something for everyone: creatures that are immortal, worrying, globular, predatory, poisonous, hairy … Guided tours are also programmed to overcome fears and confront the reality of species for which people hold frightening beliefs! On 31 October, attend the ‘Journée’ Frisson (Thrills and Shivers Day) with the witch’s trail, the pumpkin contest and a special make-up stand!
- Dates : from 19 October to 3 November 2019
- 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: 29, 30, 31 October and 1 November 2019
- Departures: 3pm
- Embarkation point: Port de Suffren, Paris 7th (below the Eiffel Tower)
Spooky concert at the Salle Pleyel
Musicians of the Monstre Orchestra and Professeur Journey, accompanied by his assistant Brigitte, revisit the great musical classics of Halloween films. Come and discover or rediscover famous music adapted into symphony music: Beetle Juice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family ... A hair-raising show for all the family!
- Date : 31 October
- Hour : 7.30pm
- Salle Pleyel - 252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8e
Terrifying animals at the Jardin des Plantes menagerie
From 28 October to 3 November 2019, the Jardin des Plantes gets into the spirit of Halloween. Learn about the fearsome beasts in your nightmares, and get a whole new perspective on the animals. You can watch the big cats being fed, see ghostly animals and examine some seriously scary spiders.
- Dates : 28 October to 3 November 2019 (closed on 1 November)
- Times: 2pm to 5pm (detailed programme for some events)
- Jardin des Plantes - 57 rue Cuvier - Paris 5th
More special Halloween events
Several other events are being held in various parts of Paris: a Murder Party at the Conciergerie on 27 October (at 11am); a ‘Detective’ treasure hunt organized by Paris ma Belle; Inside Opéra, the escape game at the Palais Garnier (until 7 December); outdoor activities and workshops for children from 19 October to 3 November at France Miniature, watch the making of a Halloween medal at the Monnaie de Paris (26 October to 2 November 2019), etc. Lots of ways to have a good (and scary) time!
For older kids
Grévin goes insane
From 19 October to 2 November 2019, the wax statues at the Musée Grévin will seem more eerily lifelike than ever. Living characters hide among the waxworks during this immersive Halloween tour of some of history’s best-known scenes. Get ready to experience a nightmarish atmosphere, spooky decor and encounters with frightening characters.
- Dates: from 19 to 28 October 2019 : 5.30pm-8pm - from 29 October to 2 November : 5.30pm-10pm
- Grévin Paris - 10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9th
Halloween at the Manoir de Paris - Asylum
This year, the show ‘Asylum’ returns to the Manoir de Paris. Enter this psychiatric hospital, meet its terrifying residents and crazy doctors ... Get ready for a truer than life experience! 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 4 October to 17 November 2019
- Times: from 6pm to 10pm on 4, 11, 18 October, 8 and 15 November. From 3pm to 7pm on 5, 6, 13, 27, 28 October, 3, 10, 17 November. From 4pm to 10pm on 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 October and 1, 2 November. From 4pm to 11pm on 31 October.
- Manoir de Paris - 18 rue de Paradis, Paris 10th
Trapped in the museum at the Monnaie de Paris
What could be scarier than finding yourself trapped inside a museum with some very shady characters? That’s what’s in store for you on Halloween night at the Monnaie de Paris. Something unexpected has just happened and the whole of the museum is locked. It’s up to you to find your way out before things reach the point of no return.
- Date : 31 October 2019
- Times : 5.30pm or 6.45pm
- La Monnaie de Paris - 11 quai de Conti - Paris 6th
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: Halloween Circus Party at Cirque Bormann Moreno – 15th, Spooky Halloween Party at the Hard Rock Café Paris - 9th, Marie-Antoinette Undead at Raspoutine - 8th, Chronologic Reverse : Halloween edition at La Machine du Moulin Rouge – 18th, La Fiesta de los Muertos at the Bellevilloise – 20th, the Halloween costume party at the Perchoir -11th, Halloween Tribute from Hell at the Bus Palladium - 9th, the Halloween Party at the Treplay Club - 11th... Don’t miss the Halloween Festival, the biggest Halloween-themed electro and techno music party at the Docks de Paris!
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?