Halloween Parties & Events in the French Alps 2018

 

Samoens

 

Halloween Parties & Events

This picturesque mountain village has a wide range of activities for this time of year, including face-painting workshops, Jack’o lantern making workshops and a free Halloween party. It starts at 5pm on Wednesday 31 October.

 

Alternatives

If dressing up is not quite your thing, book at the tourist office for a lovely guided tour of the village. You can visit the chapels and medieval buildings featuring some exquisite stonemason work from centuries gone by. The Botanic Garden is open and features a 12th century castle ruin, 13th century chapel and exquisite water features.

The tourist office will also organise a variety of daily activities. These include wine tastings, cooking courses, film viewings and even live music events. The village market runs each Wednesday, from 7am till 1pm. Here you will find a wide variety of locally produced fruit and vegetables, cheeses, arts and crafts as well as meat and fish. This is a good opportunity to mix with the locals and practice your French!

 

Megève

 

Halloween Parties & Events

A strikingly beautiful resort town that is famous for it’s skiing. The village has arranged for Halloween at the ice rink, starting at 8pm on Wednesday 31 October.

 

Alternatives

Alternatively you could visit the small museum, Musee de Megève. It documents the history of this small town and exhibits including one on winter sports including skiing. Access if free and it is open throughout the week between 2:30pm and 7pm. Be sure to take a trip to Lac de Javen, a small lake perfect for trout fishing. There is a play area for children and a few idyllic picnic spots.

For chillier days try your hand in the Casino Barrière de Megève. There are card tables, slot machines, two bars and a restaurant with live music concerts once a week. For something a little more special, you can pay €140 to go up in a small passenger plane and take an aerial tour of the area. You will be able to take in the spectacular mountain and glacier views. Finally, Palais des Sports features a large indoor swimming pool, a luxury spa, fitness centre, ice rink and even a snowshoe area. It is open daily between 9am and 7pm.

 

 

Montriond

 

Halloween Parties & Events

There are child oriented Halloween festivities, starting 2:30 pm on Wednesday 31 October. Access is free of charge and all welcome.

 

Alternatives

If the weather is pleasant, an alternative would be to visit La Montriond. This is a perfect spot for fishing, swimming, water-sports and picnics. Alternatively, the main swimming complex has a large indoor swimming pool, splash pool for the kids, plunge pool and a sauna.

Montriond is a well-known for its gastronomy and variety of restaurants. If you prefer something a little more adrenaline inducing, then you could try your hand a canyoning, hiking or taking a helicopter flight over the mountains. There are also adventure trails, Nordic walking trails and horse riding activities on offer.

 

Chatel

 

Halloween Parties & Events

The resort has organised a child oriented Halloween party on Wednesday 7 November, starting at 3pm. Food and drink will be on sale, and children wearing Halloween outfits will be rewarded with bags of sweets and prizes. Access is free of charge.

 

Alternatives

At this time of year, alternative resort attractions include farm visits These are organised on a weekly basis and involve food tasting, bowling, cinema, air boarding and ice skating. There is a weekly market in the village each Wednesday morning, between 8:30am and 12:30pm. Here you can pick up delicious locally produced cheeses, breads, crafts and other delicacies.

If you’re after a little pampering, then you can visit the luxury spa at the aquatic centre, Forme d’O. It also features two indoor swimming pools, an outdoor pool and other facilities such as a well-equipped gym. There are some excellent bars and restaurants as well as galleries, museums and an array of different shops to explore. You can of course also take part in outdoor activities such as hiking, canyoning, horse riding, rock climbing and even paragliding.

 

Tignes

 

Halloween Parties & Events

The resort has organised a child oriented Halloween party on Friday 9 November, starting at 6pm. Drinks and snacks are provided and there will be a DJ from 7:30pm.

 

Alternatives

Adult friendly activities at this time of year include regular parties with live music and DJ’s, a cinema, bowling alley, spas, a wellness centre and fitness centres with indoor heated swimming pools. The first ski-mountaineering race has been organised for November 17th and the glacier has been open since mid-October.

For the daredevils, you can Heliski, take a helicopter trip over the mountains from anywhere between 10 minutes up to an hour. There is also the option to go white water hydrospeeding if it’s warm enough, quad biking, paragliding and canyoning. If you prefer a more relaxed approach, then exploring the village with all its lovely little shops, restaurants and bars is a wonderful way to spend the time.

 

Chamonix

 

Halloween Parties & Events

There is a Halloween Monster Mash at Amnesia on Wednesday 31 October featuring DJ Max Wieland. Alternatively, a Tarantino themed Halloween party at Monkey Bar, from 7pm till late. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favourite character from one of the director’s movies. Lastly, Halloween at Domaine des Planards, from Saturday 27 – Wednesday 31 October between 1:30 and 5:30pm. This is child oriented fun with gifts and prizes for best dressed, animations and a complimentary drink for parents.

 

Alternatives

Aside from Halloween celebrations and parties, visitors can indulge in some of the more adventurous activities such as guided walks, ice climbing, helicopter tours and paragliding. The village has quite a number of museums and galleries such as Espace Tairraz Crystal Museum and Musèe Alpin. There are guided tours and regular talks at the heritage centre, Maison de la Mèmoire if you’d like to learn more about the history and see some historic photography and video footage of the area. Listening to live music is always a great way to spend an evening, and Chamonix often organises a variety of shows including classical, modern and jazz.

A spectacular way to explore the area is by taking the little red train from Chamonix train station up to the Mer de Glace, the lengthiest glacier in France. This voyage has been running for more than 100 years, with incredible views of the pine forests and surrounding mountains. Once at your final destination you can explore and visit a museum, Temple of Nature, the Glaciorium as well as ice caves. Perhaps indulge in a hot chocolate at the Grand Hotel du Montenvers whilst there.

 

Les Houches

 

Halloween Parties & Events

The Rocky Pop hotel has organised a Halloween party from 5pm on Wednesday 31 October. Prizes for those dressed in costume. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening.

 

Alternatives

Alternative activities include visiting the Parc de Merlet, a lovely little nature reserve with guided walks where you can view Alpine animals in their natural habitat. This is a great family trip as there is also a café, souvenir shop and picnic areas. You could also take the classic Tramway du Mont-Blanc from the bottom of the valley right up to Nid d’Aigle at 2,380m. The trip will take around an hour and 15 minutes, and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.

The usual outdoor activities such as horse riding, tree top activity courses, climbing walls and guided walking trails are on offer as well as a visit to the Musèe Montagnard et Rural. This museum will shed light on the way of life from days gone by and the house dates all the way back to the 1750’s,  showcasing temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

 

Mèribel Village

 

Halloween Parties & Events

There is a Halloween soiree at La Taverne, on Wednesday 31 October from 6pm. This one is for the whole family, with pumpkin decorations, candy apples, activities for children, face painting as well as a two course menu. The cost is €20 for adults and €11 for children.

Alternatives

Aside from the festivities, you can take a private helicopter tour of the area, do a Heliski or boarding trip and river rafting. If it’s a little too cold you could spend time indoors at the Parc Olympique sports centre. Here you will find an indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym, indoor climbing wall, ice rink and spa area.

There are also treetop adventures, golf, horse riding and guided walks. Mèribel village is a great place to do some shopping, with boutiques, artisanal stores as well as a market that takes place twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. The  market features an array of fresh local produce, crafts and local delicacies.