Kawasaki Halloween Parade Halloween in Japan

Kawasaki Halloween Parade Online Project 2020, from Kanagawa to the world! The 24th Kawasaki Halloween Parade costume contest will be held online on account of the Coronavirus outbreak.

As Halloween has its origin in my home country (Ireland), I have observed Halloween in Japan with interest! They don’t celebrate it like at home: there is no trick-or-treat or Halloween night bonfires; but they do mark the event and celebrate it in different ways. Parades are quite common and popular. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade, Kanagawa Prefecture, is the most famous.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

Parade Information

What is Japan’s largest Halloween event?

The Kawasaki Halloween Parade is the largest in Japan. The area of Kawasaki also runs several other events for Halloween annually and Kawasaki Halloween is reputed as Japan’s largest Halloween event.

Is there a Kawasaki Halloween Parade in 2020

Yes. However, the 24th annual Kawasaki Halloween parade will be held online in 2020. As of August 6th 2020 they are still hashing out the finer details, but they aim to have all the relevant information streamlined from September 1st. Halloween month will start from October 1st.

Kawasaki Halloween 2020 Online Project

As of August 6th 2020 the information is not completely finalized, but they have the general plan up on the official website (currently Japanese language only).

Costume Contest — online submissions

They will host their costume contest in 2020 too, but to enter this year you can send a video to the organizers. They said they will release more detailed information on this on September 1st. But they have also said they will start accepting entries on October 1st.

In a “normal” (non-pandemic!) year

The Kawasaki Halloween Parade is held every year (all things being equal) in the month of October. Over the years since I last visited, the event in Kanagawa has become more than just a parade and is now Japan’s largest Halloween festival.

There are over twelve Halloween events held in the area each year, from kids friendly Halloween activities, to DJ performances, haunted house, a Rocky Horror Show, Halloween Bazaar and several more seasonal events. The number of people who attend has also grown significantly since my last visit.

My visit 2008!

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

In 2008, 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 2.30 pm 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!:

Halloween costumes at the Parade

Japanese Jack Sparrow look-a-like

Japanese Jack Sparrow
Japanese Jack Sparrow
Battle Royale costume
Japanese Harry Potter

Dream girls:

Japanese 'Dream Girls'


Clone Troopers from Star Wars

No parade in Japan would be complete without some Disney and Anime characters:

The Genie from Aladdin
Pokemon character? And Snow White one
Snow white two
Peter Pan
Peter Pan


Some good ghosts


Russian Nesting Dolls
Russian Nesting Dolls

Pumpkin Themed Halloween Costumes

Baby Pumpkin!
Baby Pumpkin!
Pumpkin Girls
Pumpkin Girls
Sexy pumpkin girls

All photos taken at the Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2008

Click here for Halloween events in Saitama.

Address:4-1 Ogawacho, Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-0023
Phone:Currently not available.
Hours:Its usually on between 2.30 pm and 4 pm.
Cost:Its free to spectate.
Online:Official website

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  2. Love the Japanese Jack Sparrow

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