Halloween decorations in the Children's Castle at Saitama Children's Zoo

Saitama Children’s Zoo celebrate Halloween for the month of October. For the occasion, the children’s castle will transform into a Halloween castle, with lots of different photo spots. For a long time, when my own children were small, this was one of only a few Halloween events in Saitama Prefecture. Due to that, I have shared the Halloween information for the zoo annually on the blog since 2010. So while it isn’t a large event, I guess I have a kind of loyalty to it! I was certainly grateful that they marked the occasion when few other places did. So I have added it again this year, for those with little ones who’d be happy with any sort of Halloween, even if it is not that elaborate.

Halloween at the Zoo in 2023

Halloween Saitama; the orchestra in the talking tree in the Children's Castle are dressed up for Halloween and they play a spooky song for the occasion. At the Saitama Children's Zoo

The Halloween period at Saitama Children’s Zoo in 2023 is for the full month of October – from the 1st to the 31st. They will have Halloween decorations outside the Children’s Castle during this period. In 2022, they didn’t have any of the decorations inside the castle, but this year they will. In addition, they are planning to have Halloween workshops on the first three Saturdays of October – the 7th, 14th and 21st. And on Sunday October 29th they will have face painting.

They usually have a couple of days were the feed some of the animals pumpkins for the occasion, but there is currently no mention of that for 2023.


Event: Saitama Children’s Zoo Halloween

Date: from Sunday October 1st to Tuesday October 31st 2023.

Time: the zoo is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm, with last entry at 4 pm.

Cost: 300 yen for the Halloween workshops, 200 yen for the face painting. Entry into the zoo is 700 yen per adult (the price increased almost 50% during the pandemic) and 200 yen per child.

Venue: Saitama Children’s Zoo Children’s Castle, Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0065. View on Google Maps.

Official event page

More general information about the zoo in English, including address and access.

Use the Halloween tag to find even more Halloween events on In Saitama in 2023.


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