Each year the number and quality of Halloween events is improving in the Saitama area. We’ve a way to go before we get to the level of Chiba or Kanagawa, but there is enough in the area for the kids to enjoy.
**Halloween kicks off in Saitama on October 1st.**
One of the few events that can be enjoyed daily during the month of October, the children’s castle in the zoo is transformed into a Halloween castle. They have Halloween colouring daily. If you colour a picture you get a sweet in return. On the weekends they have additional events, such as face painting and crafts. You can see more detail in English here:
One of Saitama’s longest running Halloween celebrations is taking place in Kazo City from 11 am. It includes a costume contest, halloween parade and Halloween hunter event. There are also food booths and even a pet corner. You can get more information here:
Amended October 16th to reflect the date and location change. For members of the Saitama Tots English Playdates group. The party will be held in Fujimi Toda. More details can be found through the group. If you are eligible to become a member (>one parent speaks fluent English), you can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saitamasteps/
October 29th and 30th
⑬Halloween Parade 2016 【Mallage】| KUKI
The Mallage Mall in Kuki will have 3 Halloween parades at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on both Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th. It is a free event for families with kids, but restricted to the first 100 customers and you need to apply in advance. The last day for entry is October 25th.
Seibu Yuuenchi seems to have dropped their annual Halloween event. If new information comes to light I will add it here.
Kennys Village (camping grounds) in Hanno also run Halloween events every year, but currently there website is down.
OMIYA HALLOWEEN FES is on October 29th this year. You can bring kids to it, but it is more of an adult event:
Do you know of any Halloween events in Saitama? Please do share here for the benefit of other English speakers in Saitama. Thank you 🙂
GET READY!! Halloween is just around the corner and like last year insaitama.com will bring you a complete round up of all Halloween events in the KANTO area. For now, to get you in the mood and excited for Halloween, here are some of the events already planned for Halloween 2016 in Chiba.
Halloween at the Disney Resort
Would you believe information for Disney’s Halloween has been available since the middle of July? They are into Halloween just about as much as I am! This year’s Disney LAND parade has been named Halloween Pop’n live and they will also have the usual Halloween decorations, haunted house and special merchandise and Halloween themed food. In Disney Sea you can enjoy The Villain’s World: Wishes and Desires.
Ikspiari is a shopping mall beside Tokyo Disney Resort. More information in English available here (linked: Japan Guide). In line with Disney’s Halloween events, Ikspiari also officially opens their Halloween Season on September 9th. The mall will be transformed to a halloween town and they hold a number of events. This year the have themed their town around pumpkins. They will have some pumpkin games, such as a pumpkin basketball hoop challenge.
Each year Choshi transforms into a halloween town. Volunteers, city officials and residents band together to create a fun halloween environment for children, with dress up, individual events, costume competitions and trick or treat.
For the month of October, Narita Yume Farm, entices customers with many special seasonal events, including their Halloween celebrations. There are incentives for coming in fancy dress, with points rewarded for each piece of costume. On different dates they have various activities. Last year, between October 1st and 31st you could enter a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition. There is currently no information on whether that event is being held again this year, but they have scheduled in Halloween Lantern making on October 22nd, Halloween Camp and find the ghost activities on the 29th and 30th . The farm has many other events, attractions as well as a BBQ and camping area.
For the last 20 years Yukarigaoka have been celebrating Halloween. The town gets into Halloween mode from the week before Halloween night and they carve pumpkins in the lead up and display for all to enjoy. They also have a fancy dress and costume competition each year. They have not updated for 2016 yet, but the information should be coming shortly.
The Kitamoto Higashi Chuo Stores and Commerce and industry associations bring you an Halloween costume contest with a top prize worth winning; 2 tickets to a theme park in Uruyasu (Disney I would guess). The runner up prize is equally tantalising; a 10,000 yen voucher for JTB. Contest entry is free, but limited to the 1st one hundred entries.
Apart from the contest there is parade and trick or treating. All takes place just outside the east side of Kitamoto station along the main thoroughfare. It starts at 10am and will finish around 3pm. It sounds like a fun day out for a family.
The phone number for queries about the contest, Japanese only, is 048-593-7576. More information is on a tourist page for Kitamoto, in Japanese: http://www.city.kitamoto.saitama.jp/kanko/oshirase/1433238745160.html
This Saturday there is a fancy dress costume parade in Cocoon City, Saitama Shintoshin. Parents and children in costume can participate, but you need to registar on the day from 10am to get a participation pass. There are four parades scheduled; 11am, midday, 1pm and 2pm. Each is expected to last 45 minutes. Reception and the gathering point is at Cocoon 1, Cocoon plaza. NO STROLLERS policy. Participants will receive treats.
There are other Halloween events planned that day such as a Trick or Treat campaign, Halloween photo and a live performance for the finale at 4pm. Information is available on their website in Japanese.
This Saturday from 11am there is a “character festival” in Kawagoe Kurari, a small shopping area with food and souvenirs housed in three former sake breweries. You can meet mascots and characters from the Kawagoe area, including Kawagoe city’s main mascot Tokimo, a sweet potato clock. There will be an opportunity to get your photo taken with the mascot.
Children who come in Halloween Costume will receive candy. There are other events and surprises planned for the day. It runs until 4pm. It will not take place, if it is raining.
On the 17th of October there is a Halloween Festival and Gourmet Fair being held in the Saitama Super Arena from 10am to 9pm.
There are special events including a fancy dress competition. You need to be in full costume to enter the competition, just make up and/or a witches hat will not suffice. Registration is on the day, between 11am and 1pm.
The performances include many dance performances in the morning. The costume contest and cosplay show happens mid afternoon from about 3pm. That is followed by some more performances and music.
There is food and service booths as well as a designated kids space.
Saitama Super Arena is a 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station and there is parking available. The car park costs 400 円 for the first hour and 200 円 for every subsequent hour.
Saitama Super Arena website: http://www.saitama-arena.co.jp/
Event webpage: http://guts-minuma.net/
A new Halloween event in Ageo. The Ageo mascots Ari-kun and Rio-chan will dress up in costume and put on an Halloween performance. Come in fancy dress and parade with them. There are three parades on the day; midday, 2pm and 4pm. Ario events tend to draw crowds, so arrive early to avoid disappoint. The gathering point is at the outdoor event stage, out the side of the Homac Store. There will be spot giveaways of sweets to 20 lucky participants.
When I first came to Japan in 2000, the only place we could find that celebrated Halloween, was Tokyo Disney Resort. It turns out that there was a parade in Harajuku – Omotesando, but we didn’t know about it! You can find out more about that parade, the longest running one in Japan with a 33 year history, in this article. Things have changed a lot though in just 15 years, especially in the last 5, with many more Halloween events and celebrations taking place throughout the Greater Tokyo Area. However, events in Saitama, where I live, are still quite scarce!! If you know of any, please do share in the comments.
Disney certainly knows how to do Halloween. Disney character Halloween goods have been on the shelves a week already and this Tuesday the 8th of September sees the opening of the official special event “Disney’s Halloween”. Disney’s Halloween runs until November 1st. There is a great blog (linked: TDR Explorer) in English with further details of all that Disney has to offer at Halloween. The official Disney Resort website in English is: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/
Ikspiari Halloween Town
Ikspiari is a shopping mall beside Tokyo Disney Resort. More information in English available here (linked: Japan Guide). In line with Disney’s Halloween events, Ikspiari also officially opens their Halloween Season on September 8th. The mall will be transformed to a halloween town and they hold a number of events. The first of which, “Ghost Hunt Tour” is being held next Friday, the 11th and on a number of dates after that. Please see their website for up-to-date information: http://www.ikspiari.com/ent/event/halloween2015/index.html
Halloween Town in Choshi
From October 25th to 31st Choshi transforms into a halloween town. Volunteers, city officials and residents band together to create a fun halloween environment for children, with dress up, individual events, costume competitions and trick or treat. The official website is: http://halloweentowninchoshi.jimdo.com/
Narita Yume Farm
For the month of October, Narita Yume Farm, entices customers with many special seasonal events, including their Halloween celebrations. There are incentives for coming in fancy dress, with points rewarded for each piece of costume. On different dates they have Halloween hunts, such as find the hidden ghosts. You can find many halloween decorations and sometimes see the cows in costume! Between October 1st and 31st you can enter a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition. The farm has many other events, attractions as well as a BBQ and camping area. They have a detailed website in English; http://www.yumebokujo.com/en/
The Yukari Festa in Yukarigaoka on October 25th features a pumpkin lantern competition. The town gets into Halloween mode from the week before and they carve pumpkins the night before and display for all to enjoy. They also have a fancy dress and costume competition on the day. You can see the event line up and more details on their website (Japanese only) http://town.yukarigaoka.jp/yukarifesta/ or inquire to 043-463-0784.
Tokyo Skytree Town
The official Halloween period for Tokyo Skytree Town has been set for between September 18th and October 31st. Last year, the tower itself had a number of Jack-O-Lanterns lit up and on display and it is rumoured they will do the same again this year. They have confirmed they will have a number of seasonal cakes and sweets available for the month of October. They will host three “Halloween family parades” , but there is a limit to the number of participants. The dates for the parades are October 24th, 25th and 31st. If a child in costume says “Trick or Treat” to a staff member on these 3 days, they will receive a sticker. They also have face painting on these days. They are planning to have some Halloween photo sets for taking fun photos. During October, every Friday and Saturday evening they have 4 ten minute dance performances “Witches Magical SKYTREE Night“. On the Saturdays during Halloween period they will have a Halloween dance for kids on the 4th floor, Sky Arena. For a full list and further details on all they have to offer, please visit their website at: http://tokyo-skytreetown.jp/
Halloween Pumpkin Parade
The date for the Harajuku – Omotesando annual Halloween Pumpkin parade, the longest running in Japan, has been set for October 25th. This parade is for children under 12 years of age. Over a 1,000 children parade the 1 kilometre thoroughfare. There are a number of events held in conjunction with the parade, including some free ware, especially in Omotesando Hills. The parade is not carried out in the event of rain. More details have been added to their official blog will be added to their official blog over the coming days: http://www.harajuku-halloween.com/
Enjoy Halloween at Grandberry Mall
Grandberry mall in Minami Machida has an “Enjoy Halloween” event with Halloween decorations and a mascot they created “The Pumpkin Tricky”. It is supposed to be opening officially on September 11th, but currently there is nothing on their website and I was unable to confirm more details. I will update here when more information becomes available. This year’s decoration theme is Jazz Party. At night the decorations are lit up until 10pm. On September 23rd, October 3rd, 11th, 17th and 31st Tricky will do a meet and greet at various times during the day. They will have different Halloween craft workshops during October. From October 1st to 24th they are giving away Halloween face masks to customers who spend over 10,000 yen in the mall. Even more events can be found on their official (updated) site: http://grandberrymall.com/web/special/15halloween/
On October 25th in Shimokitazawa there will be a costume contest, music and dance performances to celebrate Halloween. There is nothing on their website yet, but I have it in good faith that they will add information closer to the time: Information has not yet been added http://yokukita-shimokita.com/event
Roppongi Hills Halloween 2015
On Halloween itself, October 31st, Roppongi Hills will host it’s annual Halloween parade. They also have nothing on their website, but they have confirmed they will: Information has been added http://roppongihills.com/
Halloween Party in Shinkiba
From September 23rd to October 31st large-sized pumpkins are displayed as per photo from their website: http://www.yumenoshima.jp/
Fun! Fun! Sunshine City Halloween
From the 18th of September the mall will start to run some events, including their main event “Trick or Treat” for children under 7. There is a 200 yen charge. They will also run Halloween Paper craft workshops. There will be a number of photo spots in the mall too. Within the mall there are a number of shops celebrating Halloween, including the aquarium which is detailed below. Nanja Town has a Halloween line up as well. The main Halloween website is: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/campaign/cp/2015halloween/
Halloween Party 2015 ~”umiHallo“
From September 18th you can enjoy a unique Halloween celebration in Sunshine City Aquarium in Ikebukuro. They hold Halloween versions of their usual shows and performances and the aquarium is decorated for Halloween, including Jack-O-Lanterns in the tanks. The website is: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/event/e969.html.
Halloween in Tama Centre 2015
Jack of lanterns decorate the station front and many events are held during the 2 day celebration, on October 24th and 25th . There hold an opening ceremony the night before. The website is currently being updated, but it’s a fun website to visit and you can get more information as it is released: http://www.tamajack.com/index.html
MagFesta 2015 ~Halloween~
On October 31st and November 1st this manga, anime and game festival will hold a halloween parade and stage events in the Nakano area. The official website is: http://www.magfesta.jp/
Halloween Carnival 2015
*Please note this one requires booking*. Wild Magic the Third Park is a BBQ, Studio, event and cafe space in Koto Ward. This year they are holding a number of halloween events during the month of October, including “Trick or Treat” on the 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and 31st. Please see their website for more events and details: http://the-third-park.com/2015/09/3391/
Puro Halloween 2015
Sanrio Puroland kicked off it’s 2015 Halloween yesterday, the 4th of September. There are many events running including a marching parade. The English site is here http://en.puroland.jp/ , but they list the events in Japanese only.
TMG Annual Halloween Picnic
The Tokyo Mother’s Group (TMG) welcomes all families to enjoy their annual trick or treating and picnic event in the park. Most come in fancy dress or some sort of Halloween costume. The park is Shinjuku Gyoen, centrally located and easy to access from many parks of Tokyo and Kanto. You can keep up-to-date on event details on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/676780945756877/
The Tokyo International Parents and Pals (TIPP)community have an established Halloween party with a great line-up. The best dressed awards encourage attendees to put some thought and effort into their costumes. They have lots of fun and activities on the day, at Shiokaze Park in Minato Ward. You can see more details on their designated Facebook page (and if nothing else you have to check out the photo of the Edward Scissorhands costume!): https://www.facebook.com/events/517017795114347/
Brick or Treat
Legoland Discovery Centre in Daiba Decks has an Halloween lego display for the month of October. They are offering a 400 yen discount or present for children who come in costume. Their workshops will include how to make a lego ghost. There is a Halloween hunt in Miniland – find the monster mini figures. There Halloween information can be found on a dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenterTokyo?fref=nf
Kawasaki Halloween 2015
The event period is October 17th to 31st during which time there will be a parade. The annual parade is one of Japan’s most famous and long running celebrations. It attracts hundreds of participants each year and many unique costumes. You can view some photos from the 2008 parade on this blog here. Official website: http://lacittadella.co.jp/halloween/
Yokohama Anpanman Children’s museum and mall
This is only the 3rd year of Halloween being celebrated at Anpanman, but they’re taking it up a notch supposedly. The Halloween events kick off on Saturday September 19th with 2 afternoon showings of “Let’s dance with Baikinman, Halloween Mini Stage”. They will also have “Halloween Walking” and a workshop with Halloween crafts between the 19th and October 31st. More information on the full list of Halloween events (Japanese only) here: http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/info/2015/09/post-1144.html
Yamate SeiYoukan Halloween Walk 2015
On October 25th there is a dress up and stamp rally event and I believe there will be face painting. Information will be updated as it is received. The official website of Yamate Seiyoukan is http://www2.yamate-seiyoukan.org/
Odawara Halloween in Takenohana
On October 31st, this long running event boasts some unique elements such as “guess the weight of the pumpkin”! There is also a costume contest and stamp rally. For more information check out the official website: http://takenohana.jp/
Halloween Festa at Seibu Yuenchi
Seibu Amusement Park opens their “Halloween Festa” from the 18th of September. However, events don’t start until the 26th. On the weekends, if you find a staff member with a pumpkin bucket and say “Trick or Treat” you receive a treat! For the month of October if you come in fancy dress (costume) you receive a discount on the entry price; 400 yen off for adults, 300 yen off for children. On October 31st they have two Halloween parades in the late evening. They even have a HALLOWEEN PUPPY WEEKEND from October 10th to 12th with events for dogs and their owners. For more information check out their website: http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/index.html
Halloween festival and Gourmet fair
The Saitama Super Arena has added a wonderful Halloween event for the weekend of October 17th. It will be held in the Keyaki Hiroba from 10am to 9pm. It is for adults and children alike. The kids area has toys, activities and events. The main area has food, drink, dance, music and other attractions. More information on the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations website:
Halloween Special Event Ari-kun and Rio-chan’s Halloween Parade
Come in fancy dress costume and parade with Ageo’s mascots for this fun Halloween event. There will 3 parades on the day at midday, 2pm and 4pm. Spot giveaways. More information in Japanese on the official site: http://www.ario-ageo.jp/web/event/53090ba0-b486-4b72-8c0a-359bb6f74f66.html On this blog: http://insaitama.com/halloween-event-in-ageo-this-weekend/
Kisai Halloween 2015
A shopping area in Kisai, band together to create a fun halloween event for children. This year it is quite early and is being held on October 4th. There is no official website, but the blog, which has yet to be updated is: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kisai_halloween
Warabi’s Halloween World event has been set for October 25th. Reception opens at 9.30am and the costume parade, including best dressed contest, starts at 10am. It takes place right beside the West exit of Warabi Station in the Warabi Chuo Public Theatre. The official website is: http://www.city.warabi.saitama.jp/hp/menu000007800/hpg000007722.htm
Tobu Zoo Halloween
Special events planned during the month of October and they also have their halloween decorations out.
Saitama Tots English Playgroup (STEP) are holding their first Halloween party in a park in Fujimino City this year. More information is available on this blog at: http://insaitama.com/2015/09/17/halloween-step-party-in-saitama-october-24th/
If you know of any Halloween event taking place in the Greater Tokyo or Kanto area, please do add it to the comments or mail it to me directly. Thank you so much.
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Yeah, it’s October 1st, I’m finally allowed talk about Halloween without getting eye rolls and or verbal abuse. I took our Halloween box out of storage a few weeks ago and the kids have been enjoying Halloween books, activities and DVDs. Last week we did some Autumn and Halloween origami paper craft to ease them into Halloween crafting. This week we’ve stepped it up a notch. The craft they did today, they really enjoyed, so I figure I’d share it as it’s been a long time since I did a craft post.
A Paper plate per child
Tape or glue or staples
Ribbon or wool or thread
Draw on the bottom side of a paper plate in bright crayon. Paint over in black paint. Allow it to dry. While you are waiting for it to dry, cut out 8 strips of black paper for legs. Cut out eyes from white paper and a mouth from red paper. We recycled origami paper. When the paint has dried, use the reverse of the paint brush to scrape off some paint in whatever pattern suits you, to allow some of the brightly coloured crayon underneath to show through.
Fold the paper plate in half, and cut along the centre of the smooth part of the paper plate, do not cut the outer circle of the corrugated part of the plate. Glue, tape, stick or staple along the corrugated part of the plate to seal the plate into a bag. Stick on the legs, eyes and mouth. Punch holes to thread either ribbon, thread or wool through to make handles or a strap for the bag. Make a hat out of black paper, as per the featured image.
My kids who participated in this craft are 6, 4 and 3. They were able to do each part by themselves and they thoroughly enjoyed it. And now they have an original trick or treat bag to collect goodies in. I know they are looking forward to that part the most!
The featured image that shows in the preview for this article is from Picollo Magazine, published by Gakken. On the web (Japanese only): http://hon.gakken.jp/magazine/07639
As Halloween has its origin in my home country, I have observed Halloween in Japan with interest! They don’t celebrate it like at home: there is no trick or treating or halloween night bonfires; but they do mark the event and celebrate it in different ways.
This year, for the first time since I came in 2000, I went to a Halloween Parade. There were a number of parades over the weekend past, 25th & 26th October, but we met new friends at the one in Kawasaki. Kawasaki is a city on the Tokyo side of Kanagawa, a 10 minute train ride from Tokyo JR’s Shinagawa train station.
The parade started at 2.30pm and supposedly had around 3,000 participants. There were a lot of witches and pumpkin girls, but what’s halloween without them! If you are looking for a Halloween costume idea for this Friday, you might be inspired by some of the below!: