Margaux Fodéré, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
It is a celebration of English origin which is becoming more and more popular in France: Halloween opens a very active sequence for the field of leisure. Amusement parks, in particular, are recruiting with a vengeance to cover this event. At La Mer de Sable and Parc Astérix, it’s effervescence.
A festive weekend for young and old. The Halloween party, of English origin, is becoming more and more popular in France. And it opens a very active sequence for the field of leisure. Amusement parks are recruiting with a vengeance to cover this event. In the oldest theme park in France, La Mer de Sable, Halloween accounts for 15% of annual attendance.
450 open positions
More than 1000 pumpkins are installed on the site, a show is specially created for the occasion and visitors can board the train of souls. A highlight of the season which prompted its director, Antoine Lacarrière, to seek reinforcements for two weeks. “We did a search on about twenty people, and we found about fifteen, there are still positions to be filled, especially in catering and cleaning,” explains the director. “We have filled up on all the operational part, all that is management of attractions.”
Parc Astérix is seeing the same enthusiasm and has opened 450 positions for this important period. All have been filled, and faced with the enthusiasm of the public, Fathia Gueucier, recruitment manager, would not have said no to a few additional arms. “I would have recruited another ten or fifteen,” she admits. “Proof of its success, we are already full on our nights until next Monday and Saturday.”
This is therefore an important recruitment period for this park which employs more than 2,000 seasonal and intermittent entertainment workers per year.