Halloween in the Vendée

Halloween originated as the Celtic and Gallic feast of Samain some 2,500 years ago, a feast during which our ancestors celebrated the end of summer and the impending arrival of the new year. It was believed this passage of time opened a gap between the real and the imaginary world, allowing the spirits of the dead to come and haunt the living.  It was believed that the bridge between the two worlds canceled their invisibility. The feast of Semain was a week of celebration with abundant feasts, ritual sacrifices, divine chastisements.

Château de Talmont

Chills at the Château (Frissons au Château)
Saturday, 26th October 2019

14h00 - 18h00 (17h00 last entry)
Haunted house in the castle tower plus other activities (make-up, fake wounds and more)
Not recommended for under 5 yrs old but won't be denied entry.
Entry fees:  4€ for 13 yrs old and up; 5€ from 5 - 12 yrs old
No booking necessary

Panic at the Château (Panique au Château)
Thursday, 31st October 2019
This looks like fun and since you have to fill our a disclaimer form, it might just be a right-scary 40 minute journey!
Specifics: if you book for 22h00, you must be present no later than 21h50 and begin your journey no later than 22h30.
Attention: FOR 16 yrs old and up ONLY. Booking and maintaining strict schedule is required for this event. Minors from 16 - 18 must be escorted. ID REQUIRED
Entrance: near the castle snacks (opposite of normal entrance)
Disclaimer form
Reservations to 30th Oct online; or at the castle until 25th Oct.
Entry fees:  10€
Available tour schedule is as follows:  20h00, 20h30, 21h00, 21h30, 22h00, 22h30, 23h00

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Sables d'Olonne - Aquarium

Halloween at the Aquarium
Thursday, 31st October 2019
From 10h30 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h00
Entry fees:  9.50€ OR come dressed for Halloween and receive a discount 6.50€

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St. Jean de Monts - Odysséa

Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, November 03, 2019
Activities designed for families (kids, parents and grandparents, with workshops reserved for 3 - 12 year olds, but also activities to share between parents, children and grandparents. Includes a Halloween ball for the children, creativity workshops, and learning about the produce of fall!

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La Mothe-Achard - Le Potager Extraordinaire

PLEASE NOTE: This beautiful garden is closed in 2019 and 2020. NO EVENTS SCHEDULED. Their traditional Halloween event will return in 2021.

Halloween at the Château Renaissance d'Aprémont

Oct 24 - Oct 31 (closed Sat. Oct 26th)
From 14h00 to 18h00 (last entry 17h00)
Come disguised (if you wish) to enjoy: a haunted walk; creative workshops (from 3 yrs accompanied by an adult); theater of shadows or puppets (from 5 to 10 years); lead a crime investigation! (from 10 years old); the art of living in the Renaissance (witches' poisons and potions from 10 years old) ; and more.
Entry fee: adults 4€ ; children (from 5 to 18 yrs old) 3€ 

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Zoolloween -  Les Sables d'Olonnes

From 29th to 31st October 2019
Daily from 13h30 to 17h30
Zoo des Sables organizes three ZOOLLOWEEN afternoons with animations for young and old such as a make-up stand, distribution pumpkins stuffed for the animals, spider animation, readings of tales about the animals of the night in an effort to help us through our fears, a contest of the most Halloween costume, AND distribution of sweets.
Booking at Sables d'Olonnes Tourism office
Entry fee: 15€ adults and 11€ for 3-10 yrs.

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Musee du Chocolat

Thursday, 31st October 2019
From 14h00 to 19h00
<strong>Immerse yourself in the history of cocoa!</strong>
Take a tour through the history of cacao and chocolate creations, with tastings.
Duration 1h.
Entry fee 5,50 Adults
<strong>Free admission for all disguised visitors !!</strong>

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inthevendee.com recommends a special day trip to celebrate Halloween with the family:
Halloween au Château de Brézé

from 19th October to 3rd November 2019
Dive into the underground of the castle with the deepest dry mote in Europe for special
animations, treasure hunts and workshops to please young and old. Feel free to come dressed up to help create atmosphere and blurr the borders of the world of the dead!
Info, entry fees and schedule:  https://www.chateaudebreze.com/halloween-2019
Reservations via email:

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