Halloween Events in the Greater Tokyo area – In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve decided to take this ghostly Halloween round up out of the doldrums and give it new life for 2019. First written in 2008, then republished annually from 2012 to 2015, this is the monster-ed up 2019 version.
Chiba Halloween Events
Disney certainly knows how to do Halloween. Disney character Halloween goods are stacked on the shelves in early September. And the official “Disney’s Halloween” starts the second week in September annually. Disney’s Halloween runs until October 31st or November 1st if that falls on a weekend. 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.
2019 Information. Halloween period confirmed as from the 10th of September until October 31st.
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 from the second week of September. The mall transforms into a Halloween town and they hold a number of events. Please see their website for their up-to-date information annual information.
Halloween Town in Choshi
Towards the end of October annually 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 websit here.
Narita Yume Farm
For the month of October, Narita Yume Farm, entices customers with many special seasonal events, including their Halloween celebrations. On different dates they have different events. The farm has many other events, attractions as well as a BBQ and camping area. The camping area usually has a one day Halloween festival on the weekend closest to October 31st. They have a detailed website in English.
The Yukari Festa in Yukarigaoka is generally held during the last week of October. 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) .
Tokyo Halloween Events
Tokyo Skytree Town
Tokyo Skytree Town offer a range of Halloween events from mid September to end of October annually. They usually have parades too, during the last week of October. On the Saturdays during Halloween period they often have special Halloween events for children on the 4th floor, Sky Arena. For a full list and further details on all they have to offer, please visit their website.
2019 Information. Halloween period confirmed as the full month of October.
Halloween Pumpkin Parade
The annual Halloween Pumpkin Parade in the Harajuku / Omotesando area is for children under 12 years of age. Over a 1,000 children parade the 1 kilometre thoroughfare. If you come in a homemade costume a professional will take your photo. There are a number of events held in conjunction with the parade. The parade is not carried out in the event of rain. Typically they are late to update the website, but when they do the information will be available here.
2019 Information. The date has been set for Sunday October 27th.
Shimokitazawa Kids Halloween
An annual Halloween parade in the Shimo Kitazawa area of Tokyo. It is an event for children of elementary school age or younger. Pre-registration is required. You can do that and see more information on Shimokitazawa’s English language webpage here.
Roppongi Hills Halloween 2015
I distinctly remember that the Roppongi Hills event used to be of the few that was held on actual Halloween, October 31st, even when it was a weekday. But I see they have succumbed to the Japanese way of doing it and now hold it on the last weekend of October. You can see up-to-date information on the official website.
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay
Held on the last weekend of October, this one is more for adults than children believe it or not. It has become immensely popular and is now one of the biggest cos-play events in all of Japan. Approximately 20,000 cos-players turned up for the 2018 event! It is a daytime event held between 10 and 6 pm around Ikebukuro station’s east exit. More information and photos from the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
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