Looking to celebrate Halloween in Paris? I admit, you may be in for some disappointment. Halloween is not a deeply rooted tradition in France-- it's a recent import that seems to be driven by moderate enthusiasm among young kids eager to get their hands on more candy (and an equal measure of weary acceptance from parents). You won't see many elaborate decorations, spirited Halloween parades or hordes of adults gleefully regressing to childhood in the streets of Paris. However, if you're determined enough to summon the spirit(s) of Halloween here, there are still ways to get ghoulish. Here are a few ideas.
Celebrating Halloween in Paris in 2013
- For the Kids: Halloween at Disneyland Paris is probably the easiest way to satisfy kids' Halloween fantasies while in Paris. In 2013, the entire theme park will be made over for Halloween throughout the month of October. Meet and greet some of the most nefarious Disney villains, or hang out in Jack and Sally's "Nightmare Before Christmas" Cemetery.
- For the Adults: Try dressing up and hitting a Halloween party at one of the city's clubs this year. See this list of 2013 Halloween parties in Paris. The list is in French, but don't be daunted-- click on the event title for locations and contact details.
- All Saint's Day on November 1st is a solemn, peaceful holiday commemorating the dead. At Père Lachaise cemetery, Montparnasse Cemetery or Montmartre Cemetery, a long stroll among the flower-decorated graves is a more culturally authentic way of marking the season. You might also want to pay a visit to the Paris Catacombs, an ossuary holding the bones of six million Parisians that was created at the end of the eighteenth century to relieve overcrowded cemeteries.