Family Friendly Halloween Activities in Tokyo

September 11, 2017

Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town drinking heavily and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn’t tell October 31st from November 3rd, or any other average day here in Japan.  More recently though, times have changed s it seems like every shop in town adopts a Halloween motif, often as early as September, while every bar and nightclub holds a costume contest or ball over Halloween weekend.

That is all well and good, but isn’t Halloween supposed to be about kids and trick-or-treating?  Yes, of course, and to help you and your family celebrate the occasion we have prepared a short list of events you can bring the children to in Tokyo without exposing them to anything untoward.

Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade

The parade, starting with the brass band and followed immediately by throngs of costumed revelers, will begin at Roppongi Hills Arena, and make their way through the streets of Tokyo in a loud celebration of all things anime, manga, ghoulish and ghost-like. Every year, about 3,000 participants gather around Roppongi to watch, or participate in, the costume parade, and at the end there is candy for the kids!

Sunday, October 28 2017
Roppongi Hills Arena, Roppongi 6-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is famous for getting into the spirit (ha!) of Halloween, and from September 8th until end of October you can experience decorations, parades, souvenirs, and foods (treats!) only available during this time of year.

This year is the  “Halloween Music Festival” a happy, down-home parade presented along the standard Parade Route. There’s also new music and new costumes for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto to add to the Halloween fun.

September 8 to October 31, 2017
Tokyo Disney Resort Website

Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade

This event is a very popular family event in Tokyo. Kids under 12 can dress up and participate in the parade (requires advanced registration, see website) for 1000 yen.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 – 11:00- 17:00
Harajuku/Omotesando, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

This is probably the biggest Halloween event in the area. Although it’s spread out over both Saturday and Sunday the kids parade will take place on Saturday.  This spectacular costume parade includes as many as 2,500 attendees decked out in some serious costumes.  It is a visual spectacle to say the least, and quite a bit of fun.

Kids Parade

Saturday, October 28th 2017
3 start times: 12:00, 13:30, 15:00
Participants: Parents and children should be participate together
Fee: 1,000yen

Halloween Parade

Sunday, October 29th 2017
14:30 – 16:00
Participants: Elementary school students~adults
Fee: 1,000 (per person)


Image by Karl Baron (Mister Donut halloween donuts) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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