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 26 September to 1st November 2020, 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 2020: : a big Mexican party at Frontierland, a new show with the mischievous Disney villains, mini parades and selfie spots, a unique haunted Phantom Manor trail, terrifying new random experiences at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror... This year, due to the Coronavirus, the classic Halloween party evening will not be on the programme, but visitors are encouraged to go in fancy dress costumes to the park (not forgetting their mask!).
- Dates : from 26 September to 1 November 2020
- 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 for the 12th edition of Peur sur le Parc, get ready for amazing special events and shows to spook kids and adults: four haunted houses including the Catacombes* launched last year, a Lost Mission, on a strange planet, mummies and diabolic pharaohs in the rides, sinister plants in the forest of Idefix ... Some events, like the Foire aux 6 Trouilles or the Monsters Parade, have had to be cancelled due to the current situation, but there are still many scary moments to thrill visitors!
*For 25 euros extra, get the Pass Peur for a fast-track access to the haunted houses
*supplement payable (€5 extra).
- Dates: from 3 October to 1st November 2020.
- Times: 10am-6pm.
- 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
Halloween at the Paris Zoo
From 17 October to 1st November, the Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) is celebrating strangeness with its ‘Rendez-vous Sauvage’ visit on the theme of chimeras and fantastic creatures. 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, stories, an exhibition and a treasure hunt 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 a surprising fanciful trail!
- Dates : from 17 October to 1st November 2020
- Parc Zoologique de Paris - Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
"Les nuits de l'épouvante" at the Zoo de Thoiry
From 28 October to 1 November 2020, the Zoo de Thoiry is offering scary trails and escape games for its ‘Nights of Horror’ event. Kids can opt for one of two trails: ‘Enquête Élémentaire mon cher Marquis’ and ‘La Crypte du Comte’. And for adults, goose bumps guaranteed with terrifying manhunts!
- Dates : du 28 octobre au 1er novembre 2020
- Zoo de Thoiry, Château de Thoiry, Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770 Thoiry
Nights of terror at the Musée de l'Illusion
From 16 October to 1 November 2020, this museum of illusions is decked out for the festival of the dead with thrills for kids and grown-ups alike. For the occasion, the museum turns into a haunted house and offers special events around the most astonishing illusions, especially on particularly scary nights!
- Dates : 16 October to the 1st November 2020
- Times : Everyday from 10am to à 8pm. Nocturnals from 8pm to 10 pm
- Musée de l'Illusion, 98 Rue Saint-Denis, 75001 Paris
Tales in the crypt at Théâtre Pandora
From 28 to 31 October 2020, the Théâtre Pandora Bastille is staging great classics of fantasy and horror literature in the manner of the cult TV series ‘Tales from the Crypt'. Edgar Poe, Anton Chekhov, Guy de Maupassant, Octave Mirbeau … A fine way to (re) discover the best authors! The show is suitable for children from 7 years old and feel free to come dressed up in disguise!
- Dates : 28 October to 31 October 2020
- Times : 9.30pm
- Théâtre Pandora, 30 rue Keller, 75011
Pumpkin carving - Ferme de Viltain
Come and show kids farm life in a fun way during the mid-term school holidays. From Monday 19 to Friday 23 October inclusive, and from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 inclusive, Viltain farm is offering sculpture carving workshops worthy of American films to decorate the house. Children get to choose their pumpkin in the garden and then learn how to carve it into a nice or wicked lantern before taking it home with them!
- From Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October
- La Ferme de Viltain, Chemin de Viltain, 78350 Jouy en Josas
Terrifying animals at the Jardin des Plantes menagerie
From 27 October to 30 November 2020, 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 : 27 October to 30 November 2020 (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 25 October; outdoor activities and workshops for children from 17 October to 1st November at France Miniature, from 3rd October to 1st November at La Mer de Sable or from the 3rd October to 15 November at the Nigloland amusement park. Lots of ways to have a good (and scary) time!
For older kids
Halloween at the Manoir de Paris - King Queen
This year to celebrate its 10th Halloween, Manoir de Paris unveils ‘King Queen’. Enter Panam City, the city of all vices, and try to resist the poison that reveals everyone's worst instincts. 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 17 September to 8 November 2020
- Manoir de Paris- 18 rue de Paradis, Paris 10th
The Haunted Show of the Dark Dreams - Parasomnia
For its show combining immersive theatre and escape game, The Dark Dreams offers an original game that plunges you into the darkest nightmares of Clarisse, a young parasomniac woman. With evil clowns, monsters of all kinds, hardened killers and zombies, the way out of this 1,000 m² labyrinth is full of pitfalls and frights!
- The Dark Dreams Paris, 63 Rue de la Fraternité, 93100 Montreuil
- From Wednesday to Friday from 4.30pm to 10pm, Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm. Advanced booking required.
So, from a family outing, a terrifying tour or a night of dancing, which do you choose to celebrate Halloween in Paris?