What started out as a 100 participant parade in 2014 has grown exponentially with an estimated 1000 parade participants in 2016, and around 5000 spectators in 2017. By 2018 the event was the largest Halloween event in Saitama. In 2019 – the largest in Kita-Kanto! 2020 – cancelled. 🙁
The event was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. Information for 2021 is not yet available, except their intention to host the event in 2021. The event is normally held on the last Sunday of October. Therefore it is expected that the event will fall on Halloween day in 2021 for the first since its inception.
Omiya Halloween Festival
🎃Omiya Halloween Festival is now the largest Halloween Celebration in the Northern Kanto area. 🎃
They have not yet updated the official website (August 2019), but did announce on Instagram that the 2019 Omiya Halloween Fes will be held on Sunday October 27th 2019.
Where is the best place to celebrate Halloween in Saitama?
I can’t say if its the best for sure, but the biggest Halloween event for families is the Omiya Halloween Festival, which is the largest Halloween event in Northern Kanto.
SIPH Entertainment Japan and Rakuun bring you a day of ghostly fun and ghoulish entertainment!!
2019 Omiya Halloween Festival Line-up
11:00-17:00 Halloween Sponsor Area and photo spots and…
- Face and body painting in Rakuun
- Photo spots in Takashimaya
- Trick or treat in Lumine Omiya
- Ichibangai Trick or treat
- Ginza Trick or treat
12:30~ Halloween Parade contest
14:30~ Halloween Parade and costume contest
16:30~ Halloween Dance Party
The parade starts around Rakuun which is literally a minute’s walk from Omiya Station’s east exit (Starbucks) rotary. The dance party which is also outside Rakuun. Apart from the parade and dance party participants can enjoy performances and other entertainment planned for the day. Participants can use any of the Halloween photo spots available from 11 am to 5 pm on the day of the festival. The Halloween sponsor area is available during this time, with booths and treats from the Halloween party sponsors.
It is recommended, but not essential, that you come in costume. Please note that if there is heavy rain the event maybe cancelled, but it will go ahead in the event of light rain. They will put a notification on their website (the event URL in the grey details box below) by 9 am the morning of the event if it is to be cancelled. **All media from the official site**