For the fourth consecutive year, this October Boneshaker Doughnuts will host a Halloween Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement. Open since 2015, Boneshaker is Paris’s first doughnut shop, offering artisanal doughnuts made with traditional American and classic French pastry techniques.
The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will begin at 2pm on October 26th. Trick-or-treaters follow a handmade Trick-or-Treating Map, available only at Boneshaker Doughnuts (77 rue d’Aboukir) on the day of the event. The map leads them to local businesses to collect candy! The event is family-friendly and appropriate for both locals and visitors to the city. While dressing up is encouraged, it is not obligatory. Boneshaker hosts a costume contest during the event: first prize is a dozen doughnuts; second and third prizes are provided by participating businesses.
Bringing the community spirit of American Halloween to Paris
Boneshaker owner and pastry chef Amanda Bankert, originally from the US, had the idea for a Halloween event in 2016. “Growing up in the US, Halloween was always my favorite holiday,” she says. “While raising my kids in Paris, I realized that they were missing out on this experience, so I wanted to create a way for families to enjoy the communal spirit and over-the-top awesomeness of Halloween.”
Initially she reached out to six local businesses; today over 20 participate and an estimated 500 trick-or-treaters turn out for the annual, community-oriented event.
An artisanal approach to Halloween treats
Boneshaker creates Halloween-themed drinks and doughnuts, and other handmade pastries for the occasion. “I start planning our costumes and cakes, candies, and doughnuts at least six months in advance. Some of my favorite treats last year were ‘poisoned apples’—glossy jet black caramel apples served with witches’ fingers attached to the stems—and ‘cereal killer’ doughnuts—marshmallow and cereal glaze topped with shards of broken sugar ‘glass’ and berry coulis ‘blood,’” says Bankert.
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About Boneshaker Doughnuts
In 2015, pastry chef and Cordon Bleu Paris alumna Amanda Bankert purchased a small home fryer for €10 at a yard sale in Montmartre and started making doughnuts for local coffee shops. The following summer she and her husband Louis Scott opened the doors of their brick-and-mortar bakery, Boneshaker Doughnuts, in Paris’s food-centric 2nd arrondissement. Boneshaker, the first doughnut shop in Paris, started from a simple idea: handmade doughnuts, awesome coffee, and good vibes in the center of the owners’ adopted hometown. Doughnuts, glazes, and fillings are all made in-house using a mix of traditional American and classic French pastry techniques. Boneshaker is named after one of the first types of bicycle, invented in France in the 19th century.
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