Halloween has recently been catching on in France, so there’s no better time to celebrate October 31st with a French spin!
Happy Halloween! Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United States and inspires images of ghosts, witches, and monsters, as well as fall mainstays like pumpkins, candy corn, and caramel apples. In recent decades, though, Halloween has started to become a truly global phenomenon that is celebrated the world over, including in France and French-speaking areas like Quebec.
While trick-or-treating isn’t as common in France as it is in the U.S., Halloween-themed parties and scary costumes abound around October 31st, so learning some vocabulary related to this spooky holiday will help you celebrate with some French flair.
You probably know already that the French don’t really celebrate Halloween the way other countries like the United States do. In the 1990s, young French hipsters started to have costume parties for Halloween, and some bars and restaurants took up the trend as well.
Get in the “Spirit” of the Holiday by Discovering Halloween’s French Roots
While Halloween is largely considered by the rest of the world to be absent from French culture, you might be surprised to learn that you, in part, have France to thank for the holiday’s existence!
Believe it or not, Halloween is said to originate from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated over 2,000 years ago in what is today the United Kingdom and Northern France.
If you really want to celebrate Halloween properly, there’s no better way to pay homage to its roots than mixing in a little French culture!
Halloween in France Today
Despite its initial roots in Northern France, and the fact that All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in the country, Halloween as we know it has taken a long time to catch on in France.
If Halloween is a big hit in larger cities that often organize parades etc… It’s still a “foreign” holiday in smaller countryside villages. Most French people won’t have candies handy, and houses are not usually decorated for Halloween.
However, while you may not see as many trick-or-treaters in France or the candy and decorations one is accustomed to in say, the United States, some French are starting to warm up to the idea.
It’s time to start thinking about the first of several great holidays to come. It’s the time of year that brings out your spooky side and lets you get creative with costume treats and more.
No matter how you like to celebrate this sweet holiday, why not use a Halloween 3D Popup greeting card to give to your friends and colleagues, family members
Where to celebrate Halloween in France
For those who are looking to celebrate Halloween in France, then there are a few places you should look to visit. The first is that of Disneyland Paris. The world-famous theme park celebrates the entire month of October as a themed Halloween Month (buy your ticket in advance here). This includes all characters dressed in costumes and plenty of spooky rides.
Elsewhere in the Île de France region, Les Fermes de Gally hosts an annual pumpkin carving festival known as ‘La Fête de la Citrouille’, while theme park, Parc Asterix, to the North of Paris also holds annual celebrations. When it comes to the 31st of October, the second largest theme park in France is transformed into the haunted village, ‘Peur sur le Parc’.
Perhaps more surprisingly, the underrated and often overlooked city of Limoges in South Western France is one of the places to most have embraced the day within l’Hexagone (the nickname often given to France).
Reference: fluentu.com, frenchtoday.com