13 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Paris 2023

  • October 1, 2023
  • All things Paris
  • Amanda Mehtala & Angela Spidahl

Paris may not be the Halloween capital of the world, but it's by no means lacking in fun activities. Those chills will be multiplying in no time...


1. Spine-tingling Performances in Paris!

Dive into the modern reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare's most iconic and legendary tales, the story of Macbeth. Pascal Dusapin, one of France’s most brilliant music composers, will take you on an extraordinary operatic journey where you will experience an unmatched modern harmony heavily inspired by classical influences to create a dark and eerie atmosphere that will send shivers down your spine this Halloween. We promise you a mythical play with incredible costumes, lighting, and designs that will leave you mesmerized! So, are you daring enough to join us for this thrilling play soirée at Opéra Comique, running until the 12th of November 2023?

Click here to buy tickets to Macbeth Underworld at Opéra Comique!
When: Until November 12th, 2023
Where: Opéra Comique, Place Boieldieu 75002 Paris
Price: From €50 per person

See all shows playing the week of Halloween!

2. Head to Disneyland Paris for a magical Halloween special

1st October to the 6th November, 2022

This spooky season, Mickey and his friends have something a little more sinister planned... the villains are taking over! For the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, explore the park, visit your favorite friends, and, when the sun goes down, witness the villainous light display. It'll be mwah-ha-hagical!

What: Halloween Party for the 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris
When: October 1st - November 6th
Where: Disneyland Paris, Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray
Price: From 57€ per adult


3. Dare to enter a haunted house…

1st October to the 6th November, 2022

This year, le Parc Astérix is taking a turn for the spooky, with four haunted houses in its Gaul-themed amusement park, based on the popular French comic. With monsters, live actors, and eerie sets, will you be able to make it to the end? Enter ye who dare... 

What: Haunted house experience in Paris for Halloween
When: October 1st - November 6th
Where: Parc Astérix, 60128 Plailly
Price: From 42€ per adult


4. Visit some scary and not-so-scary creatures at Paris's Zoological Park

The 31st of October 2022

Visiting the Paris Zoo on Halloween is a wild adventure for all ages – witness bone-chilling beasts and creepy crawlies, and, for the little ones, the park rangers have prepared something especially spooky. With mythical monsters, challenges, and some candy for good measure, there's fun for all the family!

What: Halloween themed zoo party in Paris
When: October 31st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Zoo de Vincennes - Parc Zoologique de Paris, Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Price: From 20€ per adult


5. A verified vampire ball in a venue with a touch of Gustave Eiffel himself

October 31, 2019

Every Halloween, the place to be is the Bal des Vampires. The 2022 Paris Vampire Ball will be held near the bustling Bastille district at Pachamama, a completely unique venue with coiling ironworks throughout, that will transport you to a skeletal underworld. With a strict dress code, make sure to prepare your most ghoulish glamor for a Parisian Halloween night to remember.

What: Halloween party at a club in Paris
When: October 31st
Where: Pachamama, 46-48 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris
Price: 35€ per person


6. Make your own jack-o-lantern – if you can find the pumpkin that is

In France, jack-o-lanterns are a thing only seen in American movies, and anyone heading to the supermarket to pick up the annual pumpkins will be quickly disappointed. Remember: in France, pumpkins are usually for eating, not for decorating. That being said, you may be in for a surprise when you see the huge variety of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and colors! But where to find them? Head to the fresh produce markets, and get there early because supplies are limited! Many neighborhoods in Paris have outdoor produce markets certain days of the week, and you can also find permanent installations in covered market halls throughout the city, the Marché Aligre or the Marché Quentin are great places to start, happy carving!


7. Get your costumes and dancing shoes ready for a Parisian Halloween nightclub adventure

For the night owls, the hunt for Halloween won’t be too hard, as many Parisian nightclubs hold a special evening to celebrate in style. Often, arriving with a full Halloween costume will get you free entry or drink specials, and if you’re lucky enough to win a costume contest you might just end up the Parisian king or queen of trick-or-treating! Many nightclubs and bars have a Halloween special. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

What: Halloween party at a nightclub in Paris
When: Halloween night
Where: Project X Halloween Big Paris Party, Halloween Boat Party ou The Big Horror Party


8. Head to the land of the dead in the Paris Catacombs

Nothing screams Halloween more than an underground journey into the domain of the dead, to Paris’ very own ossuary. How did these bones end up here, under the City of Lights? That’s for you to discover as you walk through the winding tunnels of the spookiest place in (or below) Paris.

What: A museum visit in Paris to celebrate Halloween with history and skeletons
When: All year long
Where: Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris
Price: 27€ per person


9. To do all these things, you’ll have to know about the Paris costume stores

Just because Paris does’t do trick-or-treating as you know it doesn’t mean they don’t do costumes! Sprinkled throughout the city, usually in corners where you’d least expect them, are costume shops with unique attire available for purchase or rent. Most are open year-round, too, if ever you need a costume in a pinch. Here are some suggestions to get you started – we’re sure you’ll be the best dressed this Halloween!

Au Fou Rire : Costume store in the 9th district in Paris at 22 bis Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre
Aux Feux de la Fête : Costume store in the 6th district in Paris at 135 bis Boulevard du Montparnasse
Au Clown de Paris: Costume store in the 11th district in Paris at 160 Avenue Ledru Rollin


10. Discover the mysteries of Paris Ghosts, Legends, & Mysteries tour

Discover the spooky mysteries of Paris on a guided walking tour! See the darker side of many well-known Parisian sights, as you learn the mysteries left behind and ghosts that haunt the halls.

What: An eerie evening guided walking tour in Paris
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Where: Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris
Price: 21€ per person


11. Experience eerie waxworks at the Musée Grevin

It may have occurred to you that the name “Madame Tussaud” sounds more than just a little French, but do you know the history of the real woman? During the French revolution, she was tasked with preserving in wax the likeness of the aristocrats who wound up at the sharp end of the guillotine…gulp! With such a gruesome history, which is so deeply linked to Paris, there’s no better way to discover the true spooky season than with a trip to the Musée Grevin, Paris’s premier waxwork museum!

What: A museum visit in Paris to celebrate Halloween with eerie waxed celebrities and characters
When: All year long
Where: Musée Grevin Paris, 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Price: From 19€ per adult


12. Commune with the ghosts at one of Paris’s cemeteries

After Oscar Wilde died in 1900, sculptor Jacob Epstein received a commission to create a great memorial in his honor from a mysterious anonymous donor. Over the last century, this sphinx-like monument in the Père Lachaise Cemetery has gained cult status, with Wilde’s fans planting lipstick kisses on his grave as a mark of respect, to such an extent that a barrier was constructed around a decade ago to prevent this ritual. This Halloween, perhaps you might make a similar pilgrimage, and see if you can spot a scribing specter…

What: Celebrating Halloween with a guided visit to a famous cemetery in Paris
Where: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75020
Price: From 21€ per person for the guided tour


13. Escape from the labyrinth! Before time runs out…

Thrill seekers among you who might be looking for their next adrenaline fix this Halloween need look no further than The Dark Dreams. This spooky, immersive escape room is sure to have your blood pumping as you race against the clock, lest you wind up trapped in the labyrinthine shadows… best of luck!

What: Halloween themed escape room in Paris
When: All year long
Where: Dark Dreams Paris, 63 Rue de la Fraternité, 93100 Montreuil
Price: From 55€ per adult

BONUS SHOW: The Rocky Horror Show

(February 27th - April 7th, 2023)

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen! The Rocky Horror Show has finally touched down in Paris! This is not just another simple play, but a cultural staple that has left an indelible mark on pop culture and has amassed a cult following over the last 50 years. Take a seat in the newly renovated Lido2Paris and unravel the story of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, a newly engaged couple whose fateful encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Frankfurter, a mad scientist, leading them on a wild night of unexpected adventures. Created at the hand of the creative genius Richard O'Brien, this theatrical extravaganza will leave you enchanted by its rock n’ roll musical score famous for its catchy tunes. This Broadway musical will leave you stupefied, so grab yourself a ticket and don’t miss out on it!

Book your tickets for the Rocky Horror Show!