Last minute ideas that should ensure
the perfect Halloween weekend
The kids must be getting very excited about Halloween in Paris! Especially with all the costumes, make-up, witches, ghouls, pumpkins, spiders and other fun stuff that goes with this spooky riddled weekend we have ahead of us!
MLP pretty much doubts that there will be much, door-to-door mischief going on in the centre of Paris! Over the years, MLP has expected, the apartment doorbell to ring and to see the excited faces, of dressed up ghoulish kids, appear at the door screaming “TRICK OR TREAT” – but this tradition doesn’t seem to be ‘alive and kicking’ in the heart of this city. However, that doesn’t mean that Paris isn’t embracing Halloween! As you would expect, there are lots of events happening around town; and here is a selection for you to peruse just in case you haven’t quite got around to deciding what to do!
Halloween Festival Nature
Now in its 7th year, this Festival is packed with entertainment all week! This family event brings together nature and fantasy, in a way that is designed to get you and yours into the spirit of the occasion. Workshops are on every day from 4:30pm until 6:30pm. Plus a fun late evening event on Friday 30th. You can involve yourselves in spooky activity until midnight on October 29th too. All the info is on the website but you’ll have to use google translate for all the specifics because it’s only in French. Desolé!
Maison de la Peche and de la Nature – Ile de la Jatte 22, allée Claude Monet – 92300 Levallois-Perret Metro line 3 “Pont de Levallois”. October 24-29
Parc Zoologique de Paris
Until November 1, you and the family can get a slightly different flavour of Halloween, by getting up close and personal with animals that are quite scary. MLP has read that on Halloween night, the kids can get their faces painted and have the chance to join a special guided tour to see bats, spiders, wolves and more! Check the website for more details, although MLP did struggle to find the matching content on the site. You may want to call them to check. Regardless, it is a great place to go with the kids. If the kids arrive at the Park dressed in costume on October 31st they get a 20% discount!
Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12.
Until November 1 this play park packed with entertainment for kids, amongst scaled down iconic landmarks of France, has added magic to the roster for Halloween. Magicians are on hand to impress and delight this weekend so if you haven’t yet been, this may be the weekend to go. Prices for entry can be found on the France miniature site
Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 Élancourt
Halloween at Disney
The French are getting more and more into Halloween but it’s still not the same for Americans who miss the celebrations back home. We have one word for you. Disney. Head out to the Happiest Place On Earth for full-on Halloween decorations (cute rather than scary). Disneyland Paris will be celebrating Halloween from October 1 to November 2, so there is plenty of time for you to hop on the RER and join in the fun.
Halloween at the Musée Grévin
The Musée Grévin is inviting families for a spooky visit from October 29 – 31 . Personally, we always find this wax museum a tiny bit creepy so it’s the perfect place for Halloween. You can buy advance tickets on the museum website.
10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Spooktacular at Parc Asterix
Parc Asterix has a Special Halloween theme called ‘Peur de Parc’ from October 15 to November 2 and the entire schedule is packed with spooky rides and fun experiences. From October 29-31, there will be special Halloween evening events. You need specific tickets for these ‘soirees’ which will include sound, light shows and fireworks.It will more than likely be worth the hideously scary price!
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The Pumpkin Festival at Ferme de Gally
The Pumpkin Festival returns from October 26 to 31, 2016 to Gally Farms. This event includes a series of Halloween workshops. You have to book in advance because it is very popular. It’s essentially a pumpkin digging and ‘pimp your pumpkin’ workshops. The kids will get to pluck Jack o Lantern pumpkins grown at the farm, explore and decorate their discoveries as well as take them home. There are still a bunch of slots available so check it out on the Ferme de Galley website
Chateau du Thoiry
What’s more frightening and exciting than to celebrate Halloween in a haunted maze? You and the kids get the chance to find out at the Chateau du Thoiry from October 22 until October 24. Apparently, there will be various creatures and ghouls trying to stop people from leaving the maze thereby creating a spooky aspect to what would usually be a pretty relaxed jaunt around the maze. It is specifically for kids over 6 years old and they are advised to come dressed for the occasion. It costs around €21 and you can make online reservations. The experience lasts about two hours and begins at around 6:30pm!
Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770 Thoiry
Teenagers Prom Night?
There are a couple of shows including a Prom night scheduled to celebrate Halloween in Paris at Le Manoir de Paris. The Pom Pom girls, Geeks and Goths are set to take centre stage for the event. Their press info states:
“Every October and November, Le Manoir de Paris is taken over by brand new horrific Halloween show! These super productions are limited run, live events that push the limits of fear. Terrifying new story lines, over 100 actors, decor worthy of the scariest horror movie and an original soundtrack designed to give you chills… Halloween isn’t limited to October 31st – check our calendar for opening days and hours.
The Halloween season is Le Manoir de Paris’ most popular time of year and wait times can go up to several hours. If standing in line scares you, we suggest avoiding our busiest days (generally October 29th, 30th, 31st and November 1st), and selecting another date/time. The Halloween show remains the same regardless of the day or hour of your visit.
Feel free to celebrate Halloween by coming in makeup or costume. We will ask that all masks be removed during the show. Please do not bring any accessories that resemble weapons, are dangerous or could interfere with the show.
We strongly suggest not bringing children under the age of 12.”
18 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
Halloween Fun at the American Library
Every year the American Library in Paris puts on a party to celebrate Halloween. From morning ttil night the little ones can participate in the age-old tradition of ‘trick or treating’ collecting goodies from local businesses nearby, and that’s just for starters! There’s also tonnes of fun planned for the rest of the day, including: costume competitions, movies, workshops and storytelling, plus there’s a tour of the haunted library. get your tickets beforehand and enjoy a Halloween one-day festival. It takes place on October 29, from 10am until 9pm. Check out the American Library in Paris website for all the details.
10 Rue du General Camou 75007 Paris
Dressing up shop addresses that might come in handy are listed below
Au Fou Rire – 22 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris (Map)
Au Clown de la République – 11 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris (Map)
A La Poupée Merveilleuse – 9 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris (Map)
Théatr’Hall – 3 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris (Map)
Académie du Bal Costumé – 22 Avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75012 Paris
Have an appropriately spooky time over Halloween lovely Mamas & Papas. MLP will endeavour to keep you posted and up to date, so you can have the most amount of fun in the city of light.
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Have fun this Halloween in Paris