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Tokyo Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy (updated 2015)

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Are you ready for Tokyo Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy?Halloween is one of my favourite 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. Every year we have at least 20 kids at our apartment experiencing “American Halloween”. I am fortunate to live in a neighbourhood 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 arm bands or carry flashlights so the cars will see your little ones.

Here are some of the Halloween Events taking place around Tokyo over the next two weeks. Japanese translation by Eriko Yamagiwa. For a full list of events Tokyo area Halloween events that are constantly being updated, please check here. Also the etiquette of Halloween in English and Japanese here.

Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy

For a full 2015 list check here.

Roppongi Halloween Parade  (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo) – A 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: October 31th, Saturday, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 13:30 p.m. (however if you want to march in the parade you must register between 10:30 – 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/2015/10/halloween/

Harujuku Halloween Parade (Harajuku/Omotesando, Tokyo) – This is a very fun to watch, the deadline for official parade marching closed October 13th.  But that does not mean you can’t take your kids and enjoy the sites.  Over 1,000 children will parade down Omestando street in costumes. There are also many stores that give away candy on the day.
Date: October 24th, Saturday, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.
Place: Omotesando – Harujuku
Who can participate: Children under 12 years
Website: http://omotesando.or.jp/halloween/(Japanese language only)

National Azabu Supermarket Halloween Feast 2015  (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 16:00-17:00 p.m. costume contest is always very popular and fills up quickly (this year it was full by October 5th). However, it is still great fun to dress up the kids and attend. There are also world food booths between 11:00~17:00 which neighbouring 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: October 24th, Saturday, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.
Place: Arisugawa Memorial Park Central Square
Who can participate: Anyone
Website: http://www.national-azabu.com/e_saleevent.php#se100

Shopping for Halloween Supplies

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!

Children's costumeAdult costume Japan HalloweenCandy Japan Halloween Japan Halloween

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、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。


Tokyo Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy


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