Contributor: Veronica Ayala
As a historic and cultural city, Paris is bound to have a couple of scary places under its sleeve. The city is characterized by its romantic and cultural ambiance but it is possible to come across some bloodcurdling scenes. For all of who enjoy Halloween and are searching for an activity, here are some suggestions in the spirit of the holiday.
Le Manoir de Paris
If you would like the haunted house experience then you must attend Le Manoir de Paris. If you decide to go you can expect to see the revival of 20 legends of Paris in an old home of the city. It is described as a “theatrical experience” where 35 actors bring to live famous personas like the Phantom of the Opera and Quasimodo. The experience begins at the lobby, where the audience is greeted by monsters and thrills. It is described as a dark and chilly activity, perfect for all those lovers of scary moments and thrills. Be sure to book your tickets before, since it is a busy season for haunted houses.
Located in the 14th arrondissement under 20 meters you will find a place that will give you goosebumps. Les Catacombes of Paris are underground tunnels with the remains of six million people. It was built to consolidate Paris ancient stone mines. Its main objective was to clear the cities’ “overflow” of cemeteries. The cemetery of the city, The Innocents, had been used for around ten centuries when it was becoming a health hazard for the people who lived close to it. In 1785 the city Council declared it illegal to continue to use the cemetery and they ordered to move the remains.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
You would be surprised of how popular this cemetery is. It is the largest cemetery in Paris but it is mostly visited because it has the graves of many celebrities. People go visit the graves of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Frédéric Chopin. Around 3.5 million people visit it each year. It is also famous for being one of the first cemetery to be designed as a garden. Located in the 20th arrondissement, it has 110 acres with over 1 million gravestones. This would be ideal for an Halloween afternoon surrounded by the dead and cawing ravens.
Le Musée des vampires
If you would like something with less cadavers or bones and more mythical creatures, this museum is ideal for you. This is the only museum in the world dedicated to vampires which is located to the east of the city. It was created by Jacques Sirgent, a “self-proclaimed vampirologist”. You will be able to find things like a mummified cat and a 19th century anti-vampire kit. The owner of the museum claims he started his collection by going to flea markets and to graveyards, also he has found some things online.
If you are looking to have a good time without scary scenery and just want to dress up with friends, you may find places to do so. Get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy all the different activities the city has to offer. You may find costumes at the following addresses:
– Clown Montmartre
Address: 22 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Address: 3 Passage Brady, 75010 Paris
– Be Happy
Address: 19 Rue Mathis, 75019 Paris
– Au Clown de la Republique
Address: 11 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
– In Cotillon Moderne
Addresse: 13 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris
– A la Poupee Merveilleuse