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 short list of events you can bring the children to in Tokyo without exposing them to anything untoward.
Aichi International School’s annual Halloween Party cconsists of two parts. In the afternoon between 1-3.30pm they have a party exclusively for kindergarten aged students (2-6 years old). This event is totally FREE. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Then in the evening between 6-8 pm they offer a a party for elementary school students … its a bit more spooky and dark than the kindergarten event. Students can come with friends, and parents just need to drop them off at AIS and collect them. The cost for the elementary school event is 2,000 yen per child.
At both events students can play games such as bingo, bowling and roulette. Plus there are hundreds of scary and creepy prizes to be won ! And of course … we will inflate our infamous Frankenstein jumping (castle) for all to be able to bounce on.
Friday, October 27, 2017 (various times)
For tickets and any further information, please contact the school
The Yokai Kids Halloween Party follows on last year’s popular Kids Haunted Halloween. This year we will be holding two parties on Oct 30 and 31st from 4:00 to 9:00 both featuring our haunted bamboo forest – complete with a tunnel of Japanese ghosts and spirits. Kids are free to enter with a paying adult. Look here for the timetable which will feature magic shows, dancing by the Giant Steps Kabuki puppets, trick or treating, body art and much more.
Friday, October 31 from 16:00 and 22:00
Advance Tickets ¥2,500 • At The Door ¥3,000
The Haunted Halloween For Kids (Facebook Page)
Discovery International School Halloween Costume and Trick or Treat Party featuring lots of holiday crafts & games, and plenty of yummy treats!
Party Activities include:
Ages 1 – 12
Friday, October 30 4:30 – 6:00pm