Looking for a super spooky way to spend your Halloween? Well, if dressing up as a ghoul and hanging with your pals isn’t cutting it for you, Airbnb might have you covered. The company is running a Halloween contest, the winner of which will get to spend a night in Paris’ legendary catacombs.
For those who aren’t into super morbid tourist destinations, the catacombs are tunnels beneath the city holding the bones of more than six million people. They were created in the 18th and 19th centuries after cemeteries became overcrowded.
Today, the tunnels are a huge tourist attraction, although the majority of them are not open to the public. They can be accessed through a variety of both legal and illegal means, including official tours and secret entrances. People often throw parties, art shows, or concerts in the tunnels, although it’s 100% not allowed.
Airbnb has rented out part of the tunnel and created a special “room” for the winner of their competition. But a bed below ground isn’t the only thing the winner gets. From their website:
“On Halloween night, journey to the center of the earth and learn about the hair-raising history of this mysterious subterranean labyrinth. Satisfy your thirst for adventure in the sprawling network of skulls and bones. Next, savor a dazzling culinary experience while enjoying a private concert in the most incredible acoustics under the earth.
Before bedtime, a storyteller will have you spellbound with fascinating tales from the catacombs, guaranteed to produce nightmares. Finally, enjoy dawn with the dead, as you become the only living person ever to wake up in the Paris catacombs.”
Of course, the whole thing isn’t without controversy, with some politicians in Paris calling for the competition to be ended. But if you think you are brave enough to spend All Hollow’s Eve with the dead, head over to Airbnb before the 20th and tell them why. You might just end up spending your Halloween underneath Paris.
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