Tired of your regular Halloween that’s riddled with pirates, sexy nurses and your hundredth viewing of Hocus Pocus? Why not shake things up a little and spend a night under the city of Paris in one of the spookiest caves on Earth? Sounds pretty cool, right? And it won’t even cost you a cent.
AirBnb are hosting a special night for two 20 metres below the French capital in the city’s infamous catacombs – that underground graveyard that holds the remains of about six million people.
You and a mate could wander the dark labyrinth under Paris’ Metro and be the very first people to spend the night there – you know, other than the skeletons who will be your roommates. The likes of Francois Rabelais, Charles Perrault and Robespierre are buried here in the world’s largest grave site, which saw visits from Napoleon III and King Charles X back in the day.
Riddled with hair-raising stories of mystery and a sprawling network of skulls and bones, this piece of historic French history will be on sleepover display for one night only – which just so happens to be the scariest night of the year, Halloween.
The (un?)lucky guests won’t even have to pay for this once-in-a-lifetime experience – you can win it just by convincing the owners you deserve it. The competition is remarkably simple – all you need is an Airbnb account, to be over the age of 18 and some convincing words about why you should win.
The winners will receive a return trip to Paris, a one night stay in the Catacombs, a private visit of the area with the curator of the subterranean site and a private dinner for two with an accompanying concert – we hear the acoustics are amazing down there.
Before entering the contest though, there are a few things you should know – the Catacombs are located 20 metres underground (that’s 130 dark steps to traverse), the temperature inside the tombs is around 14 degrees (yikes), and you may have to provide a medical certificate to confirm you will be able to safely spend a night in a room of this nature without freaking out (double yikes).
Other than that, what are you waiting for? To find out more about the competition, and to enter, head here. Entries for the competition close October 20, so get a move on.