So you have found yourself in the city of lights in October and are looking to get in the Halloween spirit? You have chosen your destination wisely as the deep history of Paris has left us with many spooky reminders of the past. Below I have left for you three of my favorite bone-chilling attractions throughout the city.
Not visiting in October? Don’t worry, these attractions are open all year.
Le Manoir de Paris
This attraction is the gem of this list as most tourists have never heard of the Paris Mansion. The historic building has been transformed into a modern haunted house – meaning the kind where there are creatures lurking around each corner waiting to scare you. In each room you are given a guide who will give you a story, often related to real historic killers (such as the widow killer). Though they will help you get through each room they are not exactly the most trustworthy culprits.
Since this is a locals destination the tour is usually given in French. If you don’t speak French (or your French is utterly terrible like mine) you can request an English tour. In my case, this ended up working out for the better since our group ended up with only 4 people ensuring each person was isolated at some point. Not to mention the entire experience is even even more bone-chilling with the legitimate French accents of the actors.
Though this attraction is open all year, special shows are performed during the Halloween season.
Living in the United States where Halloween is very apparent in our culture I have experienced many of these “haunted houses” and I can truly say the Paris Mansion was the most intense I have ever stepped foot in.
Note: This isn’t for the faint of heart, your ‘guides’ are allowed to touch you and will likely isolate you from your group at some point.
Probably the most well-known creepy attraction in Paris is the Catacombs. Here you will find yourself beneath the city surrounded by the dead. Tunnels built years ago to store bones of those who passed away are now available for anyone to take a stroll through. There is almost nothing creepier than being surrounded by real human bones.
Be sure to arrive early (before it opens) to avoid a 3+ hour line. If you do happen to get stuck in the line though it is definitely worth the wait. Only a few people are allowed in at a time so that you get the feeling of being truly isolated among the dead.
Don’t forget to have a screening of As Above So Below before you venture underground.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Want to visit some famous souls who have passed away? In Paris you have the opportunity. Père Llachaise Cemetery is home to the graves of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Édith Piaf as well as many other well-known artists. Many of the graves are incredibly unique so you will be entertained even just wandering the grounds for an while.
Rumor has it that some of the tombs give access to the underground Catacombs and that regular black masses are held on the grounds. This cemetery is the largest in Paris making it easy to get lost. So don’t forget to charge your phone because you will surely find yourself in need of Google Maps. Unless you want to end up running into one of the black masses, that is…
What haunting spots do you know about in Paris?