Discovering your dark side in the City of Light is not an easy task. Halloween festivities have not been adopted into French culture with as much fervour as they have in the states. But fear not fellow expats (or fear just a little bit), because your Halloween weekend will not be without some tricks or treats.
1. Celebrate Halloween 90s style at the Brasserie Barbès
Take a trip down memory lane with this throwback Buffy-themed Halloween party at Brasserie Barbès. Entry is free and special cocktails are offered to guests with the best costumes. Who else is excited by the prospect of bumping into Spike in the 18th arrondissement?
2. Take a Trip to Disneyland
Traditionally, France doesn’t celebrate Halloween, there isn’t even a real French equivalent for “trick or treat!” Although I have heard a few phrases thrown around like “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell), and “bêtises ou friandises” (mischief or sweets). Parents looking to treat their kids (or trick them) might want to look into the celebrations underway at Disneyland Paris this year.
3. Explore Paris’ Most Spooky Spots with Dark Paris
Dark Paris is a great off-the-beaten-track experience that offers a spooky mix of Halloween and history. In their own words “Our Paris Night Tours, featuring Vampire & Ghost Walks, bring you through the dark heart of Paris and give you an alternative experience which allow you to see Paris in a way no other company will reveal.”
4. Take part in a Voodoo rave on the Batofar
This Halloween night the Voodoo Rave Collective is ready to submerge you into a 90s techno trance on this boat-come-club. Raving? On a Monday night? Don’t worry about setting your alarm for work this Tuesday as the 1st of November (La Toussaint) is a bank holiday in France! You’ll find the infamous red boat parked up along the seine, with a DJ set loud enough to raise the dead.
5. Spend a Sleepless Night with Insomnia rec.
One for all you Halloween hipsters out there. Spend your hallows’ eve hidden from ghastly ghouls in a secret warehouse on the edge of Paris. With partying going on from midnight to 10am, you’ll definitely spend the day after the night before feeling like the living dead 😉