Halloween Paris 2023
All about Halloween in Paris 2023: themed events, Paris ghost tours, and other spooky things to do in Paris.
Does Paris celebrate Halloween? Not really. In Paris, Halloween is regarded as a commercialized American festivity, and it is not a big deal.
This festivity has ancient Celtic origins, and it is celebrated worldwide. However, French people prefer to celebrate La Toussaint – All Saints Day, on 1 November – during which those who are dead are remembered and honored.
On Halloween, Paris’s shop windows won’t be covered in glittery orange and black decorations, and you won’t see carved pumpkins on every corner. But if you are in Paris on 31 October and looking for ways to celebrate Halloween in Paris, there are always themed events and spooky things to do in Paris to feel the city’s dark side.
Spooky Things to Do in Paris – Halloween 2023
From ghost tours to spooky events, check out the best Halloween activities Paris has to offer for a great deal of spooky fun!
READ MORE: Scary Stories and Urban Legends of Paris.
1. Halloween in Disneyland Paris
There is no better place to indulge in your Halloween celebrations than at Disneyland Paris. From 1 October until 5 November 2023, the worldwide famous Disney Park will change its look and become the perfect place to enjoy the spooky season! – Click here to buy your tickets to the Disneyland Halloween Festival in Paris
The protagonists of Halloween in Disneyland Paris are the most popular Disney villains, such as Cruella and Maleficent. The park will also have plenty of spooky attractions, such as the Phantom Manor, and fantastic Halloween-themed shows suitable for children.
For the biggest thrills of the season, make sure to visit Disneyland Paris for the Disney Halloween Evening on the night of 31 October: dress up in your Halloween best and expect an exclusive parade and wickedly festive entertainment until 11 pm – Click here to buy your tickets to the Disneyland Halloween Party
TIP: spend one night in one of the Disneyland hotels, adorned with Halloween-themed decorations, and enjoy the Halloween Party until the end!
2. Día de los Muertos at Jardin d’Acclimatation
The Día de los Muertos is a popular festival rooted in Mexican culture. The streets are decorated with extravagantly colored flowers, cavaleras and papel picado mingle, and Mexicans gather to sing and dance in honor of the dead.
From 7 October to 12 November 2023, visit the Jardin d’Acclimatation to join in this frightfully festive event! The park, with its 42 rides and attractions, 450 animals and birds, and 18 hectares of promenades, welcomes skeletons, mariachis, dancers, and “fire artists.” It’s an experience you won’t forget! – Click here to buy your tickets to the Jardin d’Acclimatation
3. Paris Halloween 2023 in Parc Astérix
Astérix and Obélix are two of France’s most beloved comic characters from the 1959 comic book series “Astérix,” created by writer René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo. The funny Gaulish character and his best friend Obélix have their own theme park in Paris, Parc Astérix, which makes an easy day trip from Paris.
For Halloween Paris 2023, Parc Astérix changes its face to wear a spooky mask: phantoms and monsters will haunt the adventure of Astérix and Obélix and the ones of the park’s visitors. From 30 September to 5 November 2023, don’t miss Fear in the Park, where you will find many attractions, street shows, and haunted houses at Parc Astérix that will make the whole family shiver! – Click here to buy your tickets
Visit Parc Astérix with your family or friends and be ready to meet the Grim Reaper; and if you think you don’t get scared too easily, try the park’s fourth haunted house, Les Catacombes, or La Maison de la Peur (“The House of Fear”).
And if you have little ones, don’t miss the monster parade at the end of the day!
4. Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour
What’s better than a walking tour in a cemetery for Halloween? Only a visit to one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Père Lachaise Cemetery, with its winding cobblestone lanes and beautiful graves and memorials, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Paris and the most visited cemetery in the world, with over 3.5 million visitors yearly. Perfect in every season, the Père Lachaise is home to many legends of Paris, so visiting the cemetery during the spooky season is just magical.
Take a walking tour with an expert guide to discover all the secrets of the famous artists and historical figures buried here (there’s also a haunted Père Lachaise guided tour). Or visit the cemetery yourself to experience a mysterious side of Paris, hidden from the passing of time. Quaint cobbled paths and elaborate tombs evoke the memory of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Maria Callas, among the other famous cemetery residents.
Père Lachaise Cemetery is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm – Click here to buy your tickets to the Père Lachaise guided tour
5. Halloween Paris 2023 at the Catacombs of Paris
One thing that fits into the idea of a Paris Halloween is a visit to the Catacombs, and the city of Paris is particularly famous for theirs.
Since the late 18th century, under the city of Paris rest the bones of millions of its inhabitants. The Catacombs became a vast cemetery in 1785 when authorities decided to transfer the dead’s remains from Paris’s cemeteries to this underground site for public health reasons.
Today, the Catacombs of Paris are the most visited site of Paris underground, attracting millions of tourists every year. The Catacombs only allow 200 visitors at a time, so be sure to buy your skip-the-line tickets well in advance. Once in, you will descend 130 winding steps into damp, dark, and creepy quarries and tunnels. Walking among the bones will be a great way to spend Halloween.
TIP: this skip-the-line Paris Catacombs VIP tour has special access to sections not available in the standard itinerary. These restricted sections are always the best part of the tour!
6. Vampire Museum
The Musée des Vampires is currently closed for renovation works.
Halloween is all about the evil creatures of the night. In Paris, there is a special place perfect for the spooky season: the Vampire Museum.
Le Musée des Vampires is a cabinet of curiosities where you will find all sorts of stuff related to vampires, from rare vampirology books to vampire movie posters to the autograph of Bram Stoker, author of the novel “Dracula.”
This unique museum used to be managed entirely by its owner, Jacques Sirgent, a great fan and expert of vampires who organized events and special tours on Halloween. The Vampire Museum underwent renovation works for years and will open its doors again at the end of September in a still-secret location in the east of Paris (Paris 12).
7. Take one of the Paris Ghost Tours
To uncover all the secrets and mysteries of Paris’s dark side, you should join one of the Paris ghost tours. Strolling the twisting streets of Paris in search of specters and spooks is a fantastic way to spend the night of Halloween!
Gain insight into the tragic loves that ended on the Seine, the legend of the Phantom of the Opera, and the mysteries of Notre Dame to have an unforgettable Halloween in Paris 2023!
Here’s the list of Paris ghost tours available this year. If you want to secure a spot for the night of 31 October, you need to book well in advance!
- Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris
- Dark City Secrets Walking Tour
- Historical Crime Walking Tour (in French)
- Haunted Père Lachaise guided tour
- The Hidden Heart of Paris
- Paris Mysteries & Legends Free Tour (sold out for 31 October)
TIP: These ghost tours are one of the favorite activities of Paris in Halloween, so they tend to sell out fast. If so, nothing is lost! Hear about the mysteries and legends of Paris on this tour from the Louvre to Notre Dame Cathedral with a professional guide in your pocket. Discover emblematic sites such as the Louvre, the Pont-Neuf, and the Conciergerie with a macabre twist.
8. Go to a Halloween Party in Paris
Looking for the ultimate Halloween party in Paris that’s a scream above the rest? There are some themed parties of Paris Halloween 2023 – scary experiences and drinks fests. While you indulge in many of the haunted experiences, don’t forget your killer costumes!
- Halloween Party at Zoku Paris (Paris 17)
- Hallo, Whine Up! at 911 Paris (Paris 13)
- On 1 November: Jack Sparrow Halloween Cruise at 911 Royal Boat (Paris 13)
- On 27 October: One Night in Paris – Concorde Atlantique Ghost Ship (Paris 7)
And there you have it, all the scariest activities for a spooky Paris Halloween 2023. Which one tempts you most for your next Halloween in Paris?