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Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy

Here is our go-to list of Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy resources. Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays, as it is for my children. The Japanese have officially embraced Halloween (maybe not the trick-or-treat part, but the home party). Ten years ago it was almost impossible to find costumes and decorations, but now every 100 yen shop, Tokyu Hands and Amazon.co.jp have Halloween products. Another great shopping resource is The Foreign Buyers’ Club and Costco. Pumpkins can be tough to find and sell-out quickly, so buy early. More info on tricker-treat etiquette here (Japanese and English).

Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and CandyJapan pumpkin, Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events

Every year we have at least 20 kids at our home experiencing “American Halloween”. I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood which embraces Halloween, so the kids are out for a few hours and then back for pizza. Regardless of whether you are going to trick or treat, or have a home or school party be prepared. For the home-party remember to have spooky music and crafts on hand. If trick-or-treating, remember to have the kids wear reflective armbands or carry flashlights so the cars will see your little ones. More info on tricker-treat etiquette here (Japanese and English).

Here are some of the Halloween Events taking place around Tokyo.

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 Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events 1. Rakuten Halloween  (Tokyo) –Rakuten is holding their third Halloween event at the Futakotamagawa Rise complex after a successful run last year. There will be processions and contest on both days. Registration for the parade is open to the first 400 applicants. Children dressed in costumes can trick or treat and receive candy from the stores inside the Rise complex. Application open till October 2nd 10:00.

Date & Time:
 Saturday, October 28, 2017 (Sat) 15: 00-16: 00 Sunday , October 29, 2017 13: 00-14: 00
Place: Futakotamagawa Rise Shopping Center Area
Who can participate: Everyone, including pets.
Website: http://event.rakuten.co.jp/halloween/event/

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 Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events 2. Roppongi Halloween Parade  (Tokyo) – Great event where over 3,000 people of all ages dress up and march. This year the theme is famous movie characters, but anything goes. The route is a short 1K through Roppongi Hills and Roppongi Keyaki-zaka.  Children also will get snacks after the parade.
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:30  – 13:30  (however if you want to march in the parade you must register between 9:45 – 13:00)
Place: Roppongi Keyaki-zaka, Roppongi Hills
Who can participate: Anyone, but please register at the Roppongi Hills Arena the day of the parade
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/events/2017/10/003148.html

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 Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events 3. Harajuku Halloween Parade (Tokyo) –  This is a very fun to watch. Over 1,000 children will parade down Omotesando street in costumes. There are also many stores that give away candy on the day. Participation certificates can be purchased at the special booth in the B2F “Kids’ Forest” at Omotesando Hills Main Hall on Monday, October 9th from 11:00.
Date & Time: Sunday, October 29, 2017  11:00 – 17:00
Place: Omotesando – Harajuku
Who can participate: Children under 12 years
Website: http://www.harajuku-halloween.com/guidance/  (Japanese language only)

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Ikebukuro Halloween CosPlay 2017 (Ikebukuro), Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events 4. Ikebukuro Halloween CosPlay 2017 (Ikebukuro) – Two full days of some of the best CosPlay you will ever see. The best-costumed people are selected out of the audience to join the stage for a few mins of fame so die-heart anime and character fans go all out.  For those who do not know Cosplay definition, the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction. cosplay fans come from all over Japan for this two-day event. If you are with the kids consider visiting the Ikebukuro Fire and Earthquake Center, Sunshine Aquarium or Pokemon Center on your trip to Ikebukuro.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 28th & Sunday, October 29th; 10:00 – 18:00 (stage event 11:00 – 17:00)
Place: 1-28 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (East Exit of Ikebukuro Station)
Website: Japanese language only http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/index.html
Access: East Exit of Ikebukuro Station on the Yamanote Line

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Kawasaki Halloween 2017 5. Kawasaki Halloween 2017 (Kawasaki, Kanagawa) – The Kawasaki Halloween party is the largest Halloween event in Japan. Dress up the family and visit the main shopping street to enjoy face painting, pumpkin carving some spooky photo opportunities. The decorations run from October 1 – 31st, but the Kids Parade is on Saturday, October 28th and main parade (including adults) on Sunday, October 29th. Applications to participate in the parade are on a first come first served basis. There are a number of parades to select from so please choose wisely. The Sunday Parade is quite amazing to watch as adults have spent big bucks and time to make some amazing costumes.
Date & Time: Kids parade Saturday, October 28th  11:30ish, Sunday, Main parade October 29, 2017  11:00 – 17:00
Place: Kawasaki Station East exit. – JR川崎駅東口周辺一帯約1.5km MAP
Who can participate: Anyone can come watch. To participate please register here.
Website: http://lacittadella.co.jp/halloween_program_2/#halloweenparade (Japanese language only)

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6. Bakeneko Festival (Kagurazaka ) – If you love cats and Halloween this is the festival and parade for you. Cat’s parade in Kagurazaka is a Halloween parade specialized in cats.  If you dress up as a cat you can participate in the parade. Fun to see cats of all ages meowing down the main shopping street.

Bakeneko festivalDate & Time: Saturday, October 15th, 2017 10:00 – 12:00;  2017年10月15日(日)10:00~
※できるだけ午前中(10:00-12:00)にお越しください

Place: 東京都新宿区矢来町104  104 Yaraicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Who can participate: Anyone can come watch, those dressed as cat can participate in the parade for 500 yen (kids under junior high age are free)
Website: http://bakeneko.oops.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakenekoprade
Access:1 min walk from Kagurazaka on the Tozai Line

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7. Halloween’s FES 2017 [ JACK-O-LAND] (Yokohama) – The Yokohama Arena transforms in t a Halloween festival ground for two days in October with entertainers, games, and crafts. Our favorite Team Labo will also have a corner where kids can play with lights and motion. Bring the entire family to enjoy all the fun, food and festivities.  See more details on games and play here. 

Yokohama Halloween's FES 2017, Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events Date and Time: Saturday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 22, 2017; 10:00 – 19:00
Cost: age 5 and over is 1,200 JPY per person – Tickets can be purchased online at various retailers listed here
Address: Yokohama Arena 3-10 Shinyokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama  access map https://www.yokohama-arena.co.jp/access/
Website: http://www.jack-o-land.com/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 4 min walk from the Yokohama blue Line Shin Yokohama Station (Exit 7) –  横浜市営地下鉄ブルーライン『新横浜駅』7番出入口より、徒歩4分

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8 Tokyo Disneyland Visiting Tips – What, Why, How and Where, Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events , Tokyo Disney Halloween Show  – “This will be the 20th year that “Disney’s Halloween” has been held, and for the first time both Parks will allow Guests of all ages to dress up as Disney Characters on any day during the special event period. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Disney even more as they get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up with simple character touches or going all the way with full character costumes.” Exclusive Halloween inspired toys and menu items will be on sale during this period.

 Tokyo Disneyland Visiting Tips – What, Why, How and Where

Date of Halloween Event: Now till October 31, 2017
Cost:

Adult
Ages 18 and over
Junior
Ages 12 – 17
Child
Ages 4 – 11
1-Day Passport 7,400 yen 6,400 yen 4,800 yen
2-Day Passport 13,200 yen 11,600 yen 8,600 yen

Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/event/detail/str_id:tdl_halloween2017/en/
Access: From Maihama Station, take the Disney Resort Monorail to Tokyo Disney Sea Station.

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9Sanrio Halloween, Tokyo 2017 Halloween Events . Sanrio Puroland Halloween Show “Cosplay during the day! Scream at night!”

“Visitors are invited to dress up and take memorable Halloween pictures with their favorite Sanrio characters. For the duration of the Halloween event, the Hello Kitty Land food court and restaurants will offer exclusive Halloween inspired menus.

The daytime event offers Halloween themed attractions with characters including Hello Kitty and My Melody cosplaying as witches and ghosts. By contrast the nighttime event has a completely different atmosphere. Hello Kitty makes appearances as “Ghost Kitty” and “Vampire Kitty”. Furthermore, during the parade, which is open for guests to join in, “Cinnamoroll Ranger” and “Puro Ranger” teams including Hello Kitty and My Melody, will fend off “ghosts” with the help of guests.” – Blue Moon Marketing

For Sanrio Puroland Discount and Tips…

Date of Halloween Event: Now till October 31, 2017
Address: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Phone: 04-2339-1111
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00; Saturday 10:00 – 20:00; Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 .** Please check the website for changes in hours and special closures.
Fees: Weekday Passport Adults (18 years and over) 3,300 yen; Children (aged 3 – 17 years) 2,500 yen. Saturday, Sunday, Public & School Holidays recognized by Sanrio Puroland – Adults (18 years and over) 3,800 yen; Children (aged 3 – 17 years) 2,700 yen.
Website: https://sc.puroland.jp/
Access: By Train – From Shinjuku station take the Keio Line to Chofu then transfer to the Keio Sagamihara Line to Tama Center Station. Puroland is a 7 minute walk from Tama Center Station. By Car Approx 8km from Chuo Expressway Kunitachi-Fuchu Interchange; Approx 19km from Tomei Expressway Yokohama Machida Interchange; Approx. 18 km from Ken-O Expressway Sagamihara Aikawa IC.

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10. National Azabu Supermarket Halloween Costume Context 2017 (Hiroo, Tokyo) – The annual National Azabu Halloween Feast is held in the central square of the Arisugawa Memorial Park. Hundreds of kids and parents attend. The costume contest is always very popular and fills up quickly. There are also world food booths which neighboring Embassies use to showcase and sell their food. At the same time, there is a flea market held in the park so you might pick up some second had kids clothes or home goods. Have fun!
Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Place: Arisugawa Memorial Park Central Square
Who can participate: Anyone
Website: http://www.national-azabu.com/e_saleevent.php#se100

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Yumenoshima 2016 Halloween Pumpkin Month11. The Yumenoshima 2017 Halloween Pumpkin Month celebration just started and this year the pumpkins are even bigger. There will be over 100 huge ghost pumpkins from Hironaki Omiya City, Ibaraki prefecture that weigh 50 to 100 kilograms! You can visit the Yumenoshima Park and Botanical Gardens any time of the year but the month of October is even more fun!  Pre-Halloween you can see the giant pumpkins and take great photos of your goblins rolling around.

If you plan your visit in October your kids can play with the 100+ giant pumpkins displayed on the lawn and dress up and take photos in Halloween wardrobe indoors (the giant pumpkin display is an annual event running from the end of September to the end of October).

Yumenoshima kids photoYumenoshima 2017 Halloween Pumpkin Month

Event Date and Hours: September 21 – Sunday, October 29, 2017; Tuesday–Sunday  9:30 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:00). Closed on Monday. If Monday is a public holiday they will open and close on Tuesday.
Cost: Fees: Adults 250 yen, Ages 65 and older 120 yen, Ages 13–15 100 yen
Under 12 FREE!
Address: 2-1-2 Yumenoshima, Koto-ku
Phone: 03-3522-0281
Website: http://www.yumenoshima.jp/ (Japanese language)
Access: 10 minute walk from Shin-Kiba Station, which is 10 minutes from Tokyo Station on the Keiyo Line. Also accessible on the Yurakucho Line.
Notes: Nursing room and Diaper changing table located in the Botanical Garden. Please ask the staff for directions.

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SHOPPING FOR  FOR HALLOWEEN SUPPLIES IN TOKYO

You can buy most of what you might be searching for at Amazon.co.jp. Although most of Amazon.co.jp site is in Japanese you can use English to checkout. Have fun, and don’t eat too much candy. Here are some click links to Halloween pages.

Halloween Store on Amazon.co.jp

Kids costumes

Adult costumes

Decorations Candy and Treats

Some of my favs!

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好奇心一杯でクリエイティブな皆さん、こんにちは!ハロウィーンは私の子供達だけでなく、私にとっても、一番好きなホリデーです。日本でも、トリックオアトリート(お菓子をくれないといたずらしちゃうぞ)!と言いながら、近所の家を回ってお菓子をもらう習慣こそまだ根付いていませんが、ホームパーティーは定着しつつあるようですね。10年前、コスチュームやデコレーショングッズはほとんど売られていませんでしたが、今は東急ハンズ、www.amazon.co.jp, どの100円ショップもハロウィーン用の商品を売っています。他には、The Foreign Buyers’ Clubやコストコでもいいものが見付かるかもしれません。ジャックオランタン用のパンプキンは探すのに苦労することもありますし、すぐに売り切れてしまうので、早めに買い求めましょう。毎年、私の住むマンションでは、少なくとも20人の子供達が「アメリカのハロウィーン」を体験しています。幸いにも、私の住む地域は、ハロウィーンでとても盛り上がる所なので、子供達は数時間出掛けてから、ピザの夕食を食べに戻ってきます。トリックオアトリートに行くにしろ、ホームパーティーや学校のパーティーに行くにしろ、準備をお忘れなく!ホームパーティーをする場合は、怖〜い音楽や、デコレーションで雰囲気作りをしましょう。トリックオアトリートに行く場合、反射板付きの腕章等を付けさせたり懐中電灯を持たせ、車から小さい子ども達が良く見えるようにするのも一案です。
Japanese translation by Eriko Yamagiwa

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