Fancy mixing up your Halloween celebrations this year? It falls on Monday October 31 2016 and Paris is bursting at the seams with spooky nocturnal activities. Prepare to rave until dawn, pay tribute to your favourite nineties vampire slayer and party in a former slaughterhouse. Halloween is followed by a bank holiday this year so there is no excuse not to party hard. All you need is an awesome costume and a post-night out brunch spot and you have yourself one excellent Halloween weekend.
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When? October 27-29
Where? Grande Halle de La Villette
How much? €54 for a one-day pass, €120 for a three-day pass
Chicago-born Pitchfork Festival has become a barometer for cool in the the indie music world. Every year, the French version takes place around Halloween at la Grande Halle de La Villette and brings with it plenty of Brits in search of a good boogie. Pitchfork falls on the bank holiday weekend of October so you can throw some shapes to the likes of M.I.A, Mount Kimbie, Warpaint and Bat for Lashes, without worrying about getting up in the morning.
Where? Supercoin, 3 rue Baudelique, 75018
In this little artisanal beer bar in the 18th arrondissement, Halloween becomes Metaloween. The soundtrack is strictly thrash metal: Thrash it Black, Dark Soudeur and Drumb Assault, with endless rounds of sausages and of course, craft beers like Deck & Donohue's Pumpkin Ale and Brasserie Dieu du ciel's Immoralité IPA.
Where? La Bellevilloise
How much? €13.80
The formidable Gilles Peterson returns to the Bellevilloise for an extra special Tea-Time set. Celebrating the 7th year of this collaboration with La Rafinerie, the English DJ promises an selection of the very best artists, ending on a set which blends his signature soul, funk, afrobeat and cuban sounds.
When? Monday October 31 8pm-2am
Where? Brasserie Barbès
How much? Free
Inrockuptibles magazine invites you to their nineties-style Halloween party to pay tribute to Buffy and Spike, complete with fake-blood cocktails. The magazine team are taking over the decks, so expect to be plunged straight back into your spotty teenage years.
When? Monday October 318pm-5am
Where? Cabaret Sauvage
How much? €15
Cabaret Sauvage is celebrating Halloween with a bit Latin spice this year. Venezuelan, Colombian and Mexican bands will be lighting up the stage from 8pm to 5am on the Monday night. Expect live sets from Cumbia y Cardon and Sonora de Cumbear, followed by DJ sets from Captain Cumbia, the Original Batichica, Cambimba and Cocosett.
When? Monday October 31 11.59pm-10am
Where? A secret warehouse on the edge of Paris
How much? €15
Descend into the sombre universe of Insomnia, the techno music collective who could practically raise the dead. In the middle of a disused factory, Gescu, Re-UP and even Denis Kaznacheev will keep you dancing from midnight to 10am but don’t worry, Monday is a bank holiday so you can party as hard as you like.
When? Monday October 31 11.50pm-5.30am
How much? €15
Faust decided to invite techno veteran Marc Houle to their Halloween shindig. Which is lucky because his minimalist tunes go perfectly with the club’s spotlighting (also perfect for showing up the best bits of your costume.)
How much? €10 in advance, €14 on the door
The Voodoo Rave collective is plunging the famous red boat-club into a nineties techno universe for the night of Halloween. With Jerome Hill, Mooly, Ed Isar vs. Aprile on the decks, expect the kind of techno bacchanale to raise the (un)dead.
When? Saturday October 29
Where? La Mezcaleria
How much? TBC
The Mezcaleria, a secret mezcal bar, hidden behind Hotel 1K in République, is celebrating with the same Mexican verve – except on Saturday October 29. Five Mexican chefs will be rustling up Mexican street food, complete with DJs and live music bands. Mezcal will be flowing, but that goes without saying.