Every year, on the evening of 31 October, Halloween is the opportunity to dress up, ring doorbells to stock up on treats and celebrate with family and friends.It is also at this time of year that the major amusement parks, museums, cultural and festive venues unveil a special programme to thrill young and old alike! This year again, several places in Ile-de-France are decked out in their finest decorations and invite the public to experience scary, but always memorable moments. Here are the top events not to be missed in the Paris region in 2021

Thrills and chills: visit the theme parks of Île-de-France

Like every year, Disneyland Paris is going all out for Halloween. The magic happens as soon as you enter the park, where pumpkins, candles, fireworks and ghosts set the tone. Orange and black are the order of the day, and on the way you meet the meanest characters in the house to take some great souvenir photos. Even the nicest characters, Mickey, Minie, Donald and Pluto, put on their best costumes to take selfies with the public. Not far from the castle, the cruel Maleficent has transformed herself into a dragon and surrounded herself with brambles to counter the valiant Prince Philip. An appearance not to be missed under any circumstances. As for the attractions, the bravest can try out The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, where the lift of the Hollywood Tower Hotel holds many surprises. In the enchanted kingdom of Frontierland, ghosts and phosphorescent spectres celebrate a great ball. If Phantom Manor is a joyful moment, it is still advisable to keep your eyes open! Many other surprises await the visitors, shopping, gastronomy, everything breathes Halloween!

On the occasion of Fear in the Park, the Parc Astérixis also revamping its decor and 14 tons of pumpkins are invading the space. Several scare zones have been set up with different degrees of fright to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone. Among the animations, the Witches' Path awaits the walkers on the National 7 for a frightening expedition on board an old jalopy. A route full of pitfalls and where the witches are the law. The Catacombs lead the most daring to the heart of the last haunted house in the park, where they will soon be trapped. There is only one goal: to get out, but the smells, sound and light effects make the journey very complicated. In the House of Fear, the man with the chainsaw, the undead, clowns and other spiders welcome those who decide to set foot in the house to give them a hard time. Note that 4 night-time events are offered as well as 3 days with extended opening hours. Not forgetting the fire and percussion and sound and light shows.

In the Yvelines, the France Miniature park is transformed into a scary world. The most beautiful monuments in France no longer have the same face and are invaded by skeletons, spiders and other malevolent bats. Children will be delighted to take part in the treasure hunt which leads them to look for magical ingredients hidden in the buildings reproduced in miniature. But beware, these are revealed by some very funny creatures. To console the investigators, sweets and other surprises will be distributed. Everyone is welcome with their scariest outfit.

Escape games, museums, parks, these other places that come alive for Halloween

In Montreuil, The Dark Dreams is a haunted house that mixes escape game and live show. The experience is a must to live for a thrill on Halloween. The participants enter a labyrinth with immersive settings, where special effects, actors and other sounds transform the course into a real nightmare. As the place says, you know when you're going in, but not when you're coming out! A haunted show of the most realistic to live from 12 years.

In the 10th arrondissement in Paris, the Musée du Chocolat invites food lovers to discover the history of chocolate. Yes, Halloween is also an opportunity to treat yourself to some sweets! At the end of the visit, parents and children will take on the role of confectioners during a chocolate-making workshop, but with camembert, anchovies or garlic added! The opportunity to trick family and friends during the long-awaited evening of the 31st. Don't worry, it will also be possible to leave with real sweets to share.

We are now heading to Levallois to experience Halloween Nature, a festival that takes place during the All Saints' Day holidays at the Maison Pêche et Nature. Various workshops and activities will be offered to the youngest and their families around the legends of Halloween and autumn, in the company of animators in costume. Pumpkin carving, night of fantasy games and tales, Halloween ball are the key events of this unmissable time in the Hauts-de-Seine.

Finally, back to the centre of Paris to experience another event full of emotion: the Manoir Halloween Festival. At La Villette, in the Manoir de Paris, 4,000m2 of spaces await the most courageous with 4 haunted houses, 5 scream zones and various animations to experience in the company of the worst monsters. A horrific event during which it will also be possible to eat, with a good taste of Halloween!