Halloween: Face Painting at Disneyland Paris

Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970’s when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my “mythic” hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after…


In France, Halloween is very far from what it is in the USA. However, it is followed, especially at Disneyland Paris where the park has a seasonal Halloween makeover.

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The only time we experienced such settings was way back in October 2002 when we made a family trip to Disneyland Paris. A lot has been written about the importance of details in theme parks. So, of course, the work done, up to the little details, to give Frontierland (renamed HalloweenLand) a spooky ambiance was part of the show. And so we were in a really good Halloween atmosphere, yet still family friendly.

However, our biggest souvenir, was the fantastic face painting done by a cast member on our daughter. In think the 2 pictures below speak for themselves!

Still today, our daughter loves Halloween and we have a memory an unforgettable souvenir of having been transformed into a spirit of this yearly celebration. So, yes, all the settings and decorations made were very important, but the cast member who did the face painting plussed our experience from very good to fantastic!

It’s easy to see in this short story that Walt Disney was right when he said: “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” In that case, a dedicated woman made the dream a reality by her skill at face painting.