Airbnb Offers the Ultimate Halloween Sleepover: A Night in the Paris Catacombs

Get cozy in costume with 6 million resting souls

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Looking for the ultimate scare? Airbnb is running a contest that will give two lucky people the chance to sleep in the Catacombs of Paris, home to over 6 million dead and labeled "the world's largest grave."

Pictures indicate that a section of the Catacombs has been decked out with a creepy breakfast nook and full-size bed, surrounded by skulls stacked atop one another. The bed itself is outfitted with big fluffy Airbnb pillows, so when the scary happens, you'll never forget who did this to you.

"Passionate history buffs, we enjoy sunsets, the company of deceased friends, and long walks under the city—specifically, 20 meters under the sewer and Metro," the quirky host description reads.

Don't trust their credentials? No worries. Celebrities and even members of various royal families can vouch for them.

"For centuries, we've been an oasis of peace, silence and permanent slumber for the Who's Who of Paris, hosting celebrities like Francois Rabelais, Jean de la Fontaine, Charles Perrault, Lavoisier, and Robespierre. We've even welcomed prestigious royal visitors, including Charles X, Francois 1er and even Napoleon the 3rd."

The sleepover goes down the night of Oct. 31. It includes a private visit to the Catacombs with its curator, a private dinner for two with a concert in your creepy suite, breakfast and an (economy-class) trip to and from Paris.

To enter, users must click on the "participate" button and write a 100-word story—in English or French—explaining why they're brave enough to sleep in the Catacombs. Entries must be filed before Oct. 20 and will be judged on creativity and originality (70 percent) and the submission's relation to the Catacombs and Halloween (30 percent). 

Judges will include Airbnb's marketing team and one independent soul.

As for the house rules? "Please respect the Catacombs as you would your own grave," the ad reads. "Don't forget your toothbrush and pajamas. Bonus points if they glow in the dark."

@luckthelady Angela Natividad is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak. She is also the author of Generation Creation and co-founder of Hurrah, an esports agency. She lives in Paris and when she isn't writing, she can be found picking food off your plate.
Publish date: October 9, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT