Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town drinking heavily and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn’t tell October 31st from November 3rd, or any other average day here in Japan. More recently though, times have changed s it seems like every shop in town adopts a Halloween motif, often as early as September, while every bar and nightclub holds a costume contest or ball over Halloween weekend.
That is all well and good, but isn’t Halloween supposed to be about kids and trick-or-treating? Yes, of course, and to help you and your family celebrate the occasion we have prepared a shortlist of events you can bring the children to around Greater Tokyo without being worried they’ll see something strange.
The parade, starting with the brass band and followed immediately by throngs of costumed revelers, will begin at Roppongi Hills Arena, and make their way through the streets of Tokyo in a loud celebration of all things anime, manga, ghoulish and ghost-like. Every year, about 3,000 participants gather around Roppongi to watch or participate in the costume parade, and at the end, there is candy for the kids!
Sunday, October 26, 2019, 10:30-13:00
Roppongi Hills Arena, Roppongi 6-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Disneyland is famous for getting into the spirit (ha!) of Halloween, and from September 8th until the end of October you can experience decorations, parades, souvenirs, and foods (treats!) only available during this time of year.
This year is a “ghost version of Tokyo Disneyland,” where Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appear in new costumes for the “Spooky ‘Boo!’ Parade.” They are joined by their Disney Friends to bring some spooky, ghostly fun to the Park.
September 10 to October 31, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Website
This event is a very popular family event in Tokyo. Kids under 12 can dress up and participate in the parade (requires advanced registration) This year, from October 1st (Monday / Holiday) at 11:00, the participation certificate will be sold at the special booth in the “Kids Forest” B2F, Omotesando Hills Main Building.If you wish to participate in the parade (and candy rally), please check the participation method carefully and fill out the purchase agreement and request a participation certificate.
Harajuku/Omotesando, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
This is probably the biggest Halloween event in the area. Although it’s spread out over both Saturday and Sunday the kids’ parade will take place on Saturday. This spectacular costume parade includes as many as 2,500 attendees decked out in some serious costumes. It is a visual spectacle to say the least and quite a bit of fun.
Official information pending