It is true that Halloween isn’t a deeply rooted tradition in the City of Lights as it is in Ireland, Canada, or the United States. Instead, Halloween is actually a recent import to Paris, and it has gained immense popularity among Parisians over the last few years.
Even though you might not be able to see plenty of spirited Halloween parades and elaborate decorations along the city, there are plenty of things you can do to make the most of your Paris walking tours during the Halloween. So, make sure to hit any of these spots when the dark and haunting past of Paris turns it into the City of Frights.
The Catacombs of Paris
If you want to explore the dark past of the City of Lights and get lost in the history of Paris, then you must head straight to the catacombs of Paris. The maze of underground tunnels under the streets of the city will lead you to skeleton-lead chambers and walls that are filled with the bones of more than 6 million people.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
One of the most famous and largest cemeteries in the city of Paris, Père Lachaise cemetery is the resting place of several artists, dancers, war heroes, and more. You can find the graves of famous artists such as Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde at this French cemetery.
The structurally beautiful headstones, grandiose monuments, and the elaborate decorations left by visitors on the graves is a sight you don’t want to miss while you are going on Paris tours.
Île de la Cité lies Rue des Chantres
Île de la Cité lies Rue des Chantres, which is popularly known as Rue des Chantres, is not that famous among tourists on Paris walking tours, but is a must-visit place during Halloween.
Children with consumption were separated from the population and kept in this street to prevent the spreading of the disease back in the early 19th century. However, the children were killed when the River Seine overflowed due to a horrific flood. Natives believe that the spirits of the drowned kids still play in the little courtyard after all the years. Several Parisians also claim that the screams, laughter, and shadows of these kids still haunt Île de la Cité lies Rue des Chantres.