In Barcarès, the exceptional temperature and the Halloween witches delight tourists

In Barcarès (Pyrénées-Orientales), the American mega-hearses capable of carrying several coffins which are parked at the entrance to the Le Floride-L’embouchure campsite leave no doubt about the nature of the stay in this five-star establishment. During the two weeks of All Saints school holidays, the entire camping village becomes an amusement park dedicated to Halloween. And vacationers are strongly encouraged to become actors, in the guise of a werewolf, a vampire or a witch.

Each transforms the ultramodern mobile homes in their own way into veritable nativity scenes of horror, with sheets stained with blood drying on the drying rack. “This Halloween display has been a huge success. The occupancy rate of our 450 rentals is currently 80% and it will be even higher next week,” explains Sylvie Michel, director of this exceptional campsite with 600 pitches located in the Barcarès tourist activity area.

The campsite customers play the Halloween game like this family arriving from Corrèze: Emile as a vampire priest, Séverine as a killer, Eugénie, Jérémy and the children Naelli, Lucas and Elia.  LP/Christian Goutorbe
The campsite customers play the Halloween game like this family arriving from Corrèze: Emile as a vampire priest, Séverine as a killer, Eugénie, Jérémy and the children Naelli, Lucas and Elia. LP/Christian Goutorbe

The owners of this campsite had the “vampire” revelation during a trip to the United States, caught up in the whirlwind of the Halloween party in Miami. “So we imported the idea and we close later in the season. It’s a great moment of sharing with our customers”, says Sylvie Michel who, each evening, takes the lead in the parade at the start of the night, in turn taking on the personalities of Cruelle, the unloved witch, or the Captain of the Ghostbusters.

“It’s the first time we’ve had this experience and we don’t regret it. We dress up and put on make-up every day and we walk around the campsite in the evening. The children love it”, confirms Lucie, who came with her family from Nevers for the most worrying week of the year. His face is blackened. Her dress, ragged, is covered with traces of blood-red paint. A few hundred meters away, the Mediterranean offers water at 22°C, an almost… supernatural temperature.

The fuel shortage is no longer a fear

This is the other criterion of attraction for these two weeks of vacation. “We have exceptionally good weather for the season in our blessed department. But it still took a lot of communication and gesticulation to obtain an occupancy rate of 50% for this first week, recognizes Brice Sannac, president of UMIH66 (Union des Métiers de l’industrie hôtelière). The fear of fuel shortages had indeed worried many potential vacationers. But the reservation level for the second week promises us an even better occupancy rate. »

Professionals in the sector ended a generally very good tourist season with an interesting increase in the average basket of 20%.

In Barcarès, the exceptional temperature and the Halloween witches delight tourists