Tokyo is gaining attention for its creative and festive approach to halloween by taking it to a whole new level! Tokyo’s approach is a bit different as it focuses less on the spooky side of this festive season. Instead, it is viewed more of a time to be inventive with dress up costumes. Also, it’s the time to have a blast somewhere in a bar/club or celebrate halloween parties on the streets of Tokyo. Not to mention, it has skyrocketed in popularity, especially in talks of their fantastic halloween parades!
There are a variety of unique events held in celebration around the city, leading up to even before the big halloween day on October 31st. Some of these events are more suited towards crowds of teenagers and young adults. Whereas, some cater more to children and family. Get together and have a taste of this special and festive halloween season no matter your age.
1. Tokyo Disneyland/ Disney Resort Halloween Celebrations | Halloween parades in Tokyo
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Tokyo Disneyland is an amusement park which makes it an even more special place to get you all hyped up into the halloween spirit, by enjoying celebrations in the most lively city. This amusement park really knows how to bring the best out of the halloween tradition.
Guests can experience dressing up in costumes, eating themed food, buying merch, and spot halloween decorations scattered around the park. Although there are other things to experience, the highlight of it all is certainly the entertainment of their unique halloween parade. The parade ‘Happy halloween harvest parade’ will without a doubt perform beyond expectations with many fantastic floats featuring the cutest Walt Disney world characters on them. Moreover, performers dressed up in matching costumes dance cheerfully in between the floats. For more fun, the guests are taught and encouraged before the parade begins to join in on the ‘pose game’. This game consists of the characters doing a pose and in return the guest poses back.
Tokyo Disneyland/ Disney Resort information
【Address】1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
【Access】On JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line, get off at Maihama Station.
2. Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade | Halloween parades in Tokyo
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Roppongi Hills happy Halloween Parade is the perfect place offering the chance for families to spend some quality time together during halloween! The theme is based on movie characters. This means anyone is welcome to show up to the parade and joyfully wander the neighbourhood streets together in their most fabulous movie character costume. This is accompanied with music with the front row leaders of the parade playing instruments throughout the walk as guests follow the crowd in excitement. For children who participated, gift bags will be handed out. Not to mention, this event will surely create many precious memories for you and your loved ones!
Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade information
【Address】Roppongi Hills Arena: 6 Chome-9-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
【Access】From the Mori Art Museum, it is 2-mins on foot.
3. Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade | Halloween parades in Tokyo
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Omotesando/Harajuku Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade is specially made for only kids under the age of 12 to enjoy, along with the company of their guardians. This parade brings in over a thousand participants annually. It consists of guests dressing up in a variety of fun and colourful costumes and following the flow of the crowd. In addition, there’s even a candy hunt known as trick or treating. This involves children wandering the neighbourhood streets in search of sweet treats, most likely from the surrounding stores. In fact, there is a benefit to wearing costumes to the parade because a few of the surrounding stores and restaurants may offer special discounts if you wear it. Note that you must also register to join the parade in advance.
Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade information
【Address】Kuritsu Jingumae Elementary School, 6 Chome-30, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
【Access】Nearest stations are Omotesando station or Harajuku station.
4. Kawasaki Halloween parade | Halloween parades in Tokyo
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Kawasaki Halloween parade is very popular and is suited for all ages. This means both children and adults can join in on the fun. It includes fantastic floats with Japanese party music playing loudly throughout the parade. The parade participants are known for showing up in really cool and creative costumes that look so realistic. You’d be amazed! Many dress up in the scariest costumes that look out of this world. This parade is perfect for horror-related enthusiasts. This is because you get to see spooky characters in costumes that certainly deserve a round of applause for its detail and effort. You might even feel chills down your spine!
Although, most of the guests are most likely young teens to adults due to the intensity of some of these costumes. Given that fact, it may come off a bit scary to children. Nonetheless, there are other costumes which are not as scary and are indeed fun and light. We are talking about cute costumes like famous Disney and anime characters. In either case, the parade is still considered a family-friendly event!
Kawasaki Halloween parade information
【Address】4-1 Ogawacho, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-0023
【Access】From Kawasaki train station near the La Citadella shopping centre, it is less than 10 mins on foot.
5. Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival | Halloween parades in Tokyo
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Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival combines Halloween and Japanese folklore. Welcome to all ages, this special Halloween parade theme revolves around supernatural cats known as Bakeneko as mentioned in the title. In fact, this cat theme is inspired by the Japanese novel ‘I am a cat’. Its author Natsume Soseki resided in the Kagurazaka area. The term Bakeneko refers to Japanese yokai and translates to either ‘Demon cat’ or ‘Changed cat’.
This parade involves participants dressing up as a cat. They follow the flow of the parade walking down the Kagurazaka main street. Meanwhile, instruments like flutes and drums are being played to liven up the atmosphere. Cat costumes could be minimal to maximal.This could include only wearing a cat ear headband, cat mask to going all out by dressing up in a full cat costume from head to toe with cat makeup to finish the look. What’s more, there are dance and street performances to enjoy.
Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival information
【Address】104 Yaraicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
【Access】Infront of ONGAKU NO TOMO SHA. Meet at the senior citizen welfare facility Kagurazaka.
This is a wonderful time to get inspired and creative with your wardrobe looks and perhaps spice it up. Feel the excitement as you join others to walk the halloween parade together, with loving friends or family by your side! Even if you are not a big fan of celebrating halloween, Tokyo will surely get you immersed by the end of it.