Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town while drinking and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn’t tell October 31st from any other day in Japan. But, times have changed and nowadays it seems like every shop in town is going with a Halloween motif, while every bar or club is holding a costume contest or ball over Halloween weekend.
But wait a second, isn’t Halloween all about kids and trick-or-treating? Yes, of course it is. And to help you and your family celebrate the occasion we have prepared a short list of events you can bring the children to.
Family friendly Halloween Activities in Tokyo
Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade
(Sunday, October 25 2015 – 11:00 – 13:00)
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!
Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is famous for getting into the spirit (ha!) of Halloween, and from the first week of September until November 1st you can experience decorations, parades, souvenirs, and foods (treats!) only available during this time of year.
This year is the “Happy Halloween Harvest,” a happy, down-home parade presented along the standard Parade Route. New to the parade this year are motifs of “whimsical sweets,” with all kinds of confections decorating the floats. There’s also new music and new costumes for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto to add to the Halloween fun.
Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade
(Sunday, 25 October 2015 – 11:00- 17:00)
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.
Harajuku/Omotesando, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Kawasaki Halloween Parade
(Saturday, October 25 2015)
This is probably the biggest free Halloween event in the area, at least for kids. 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.
Saturday, October 24th
3 start times: 12：00, 13：30, 15：00
Participants: Parents and children should be participate together
Sunday, October 25th 14:30~15:45
Participants: Elementary school students~adults
Fee: 1,000 (per person)
JR Kawasaki Station, East Exit
Not Updated for 2015… Yet!
National Azabu Halloween Costume Contest
(Sunday 26 October, 2014)
This international supermarket is also known for planning really good family-oriented events for the expat community. They will have a food booth set up all day long Sunday (10/26) starting at 10 am. The costume contest will be held from 4 – 5pm, and it’s free entry! There is also a “Halloween Feast,” and a swap meet. See website for details.
National Azabu Supermarket – Hiroo, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
National Azabu Supermarket
Asagaya Pearl Center Halloween Costume Contest
(Sunday, October 26 2014 – 14:00)
Asagaya Pearl Center Halloween Costume Contest is for kids. Advanced registration is required to participate as a contestant, but anyone can join and watch the fun!
Asagaya Pearl Center Shopping Street
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