Tokyo Halloween 2016 – Events and Costume Guide

Halloween is coming and no place celebrates it like Tokyo! Find the hottest events and best places to pick up a costume with our guide to Tokyo Halloween 2016!

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Halloween in Japan

Halloween enjoyed little popularity in Japan until roughly five years ago. Back then, decorations were hard to come by and only a scattering of foreigner-friendly clubs and bars would put on Halloween themed events. Now it’s a different story altogether. Halloween has blossomed into one of the most hotly anticipated nights of the year. Stores are jam-packed with decorations of all kinds, outfit retailers proliferate and Halloween events are everywhere. 

Using our guide, find the best of Tokyo Halloween, including the hottest events and the best places to buy that killer (maybe literally) outfit. 

Tokyo Halloween Events 2016

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If you’re in town for Halloween, one of the city’s many Halloween events shouldn’t be missed. Famously, cosplay is big business in Japan, meaning many people go to great lengths to impress on the biggest dressing up day of the year. Even if it’s just a 100 yen store mask, get involved and have some fun (and frights). 

1. Tokyo Disneyland Halloween

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Tokyo Disneyland was once the only place that celebrated Halloween in the whole of Tokyo. Though things have changed, the park’s Halloween events, spanning September 9th to October 31st, are still hard to beat. The entire park is Halloween-ified with spooky decorations, limited edition souvenirs, special rides and best of all, all your favourite Disney characters dressed up in Halloween outfits. The happiest place on earth? More like the spookiest place on earth!

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba

Price: Adult: 7,400 yen, Junior (12-17): 6,400 yen and Child (4-11): 4,800 yen

Hours: 09:00 am – 10:00 pm

Official Website

2. Kawasaki Halloween Parade 

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Kawasaki Halloween is the most hotly anticipated Halloween parade in Tokyo and (probably) Japan. The parade course runs a massive 1.5 km between the train station and La Citadell shopping mall, meaning there’s plenty of room to get a good view. Thousands participate each year, each dressed in a costume that either cost way too much money or took way too long to make. 

Address: Along Kawasaki Station and La Citadella shopping center

Price: Free to watch. To participate in the parade: 1000 yen

Hours: Parade: 30th October: 02:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Official Website (Japanese)

3. Shibuya Crossing Halloween

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Shibuya Crossing is busy on a bland Tuesday morning, so on Halloween busy is perhaps an understatement. Push your way out from the station and you’ll be faced with an ocean of people, or more like an ocean of ghouls, zombies, anime favourites and kawaii creations, all eager to do one thing – have a good time. Wander the streets, pose for photos and make some friends. Anything goes on Halloween night. When the time comes, fall into one of the countless clubs or bars, all doing their best to outdo each other in the Halloween party stakes. 

Address: Shibuya Crossing

Hours: 29th-31st October: Between 05:00 pm – 05:00 am

4. Harajuku-Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade

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Harajuku-Omotesando Pumpkin Parade is one for the kids. Children under 12 parade down a 1 km stretch of Omotesando showing off their scary costumes and trick-or-treating at some of the avenue’s stores. To the delight of the kids (and parents) a different surprise celebrity presides over the event each year.

Address: Along Omotesando street

Price: Free

Hours: 30th October: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Official Website (Japanese)

5. Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade

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The Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade is a Halloween costume parade for young and old. The notoriously fancy Roppongi is one of the city’s movie star hotspots, thus this year its theme: movie characters. With live music soundtracking the fun and free candy for all, get down to Roppongi and join the throng. 

Address: Roppongi Hills Arena6 Chome-9-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Price: 500 yens (registration fee to participate in the Parade)

Hours: 29th October: 10:30 am- 01:30 pm 

 Official Website (Japanese)

6. Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

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For Halloween, Ikebukuro hosts a huge Cosplay Festival in which cosplay diehards and novices alike show off their threads for all to see. If you don’t have a costume that’s up to scratch, pack your camera and snap away instead. Or, head to the makeup workshop and be done up by a professional. The event takes place on the 29th and 30th of October.  

Address: Ikebukuro Park, 1−8−26 Nishiikebukuro, Tokyo

Price: Cosplay registration fee: 500 yen 

Hours: 10:00 am- 06:00 pm

Official Website (Japanese)

7. T-SPOOK Festival

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T-Spook is an annual Halloween event put on by Odaiba City and Fuji Television. Over the two days, all manner of events take place, including a costume contest, multiple live concerts from famous singers and a giant parade. 

Address: 1-1-16 Qinghai, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Price: Parade Ticket: 1500 yen 

Hours: October 29th-30th, 10:00 am- 06:00 pm

Official Website (Japanese)

8. Tokyo One Piece Tower

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Tokyo One Piece Tower is a small museum dedicated to One Piece, a popular anime series, inside Tokyo Tower. For Halloween (October 17th – 31st), each Saturday Tokyo One Piece Tower will hold a kids costume contest. Naturally, the costumes must be One Piece themed and there’s even costumes for hire should you be unprepared.  

Address: 4-2-8 Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Price: Adults 3,200 yen, Junior (13 years old – 18 years old): 2,700 yen, Children (4 years old – 12 years old); 1,500 yen

Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Official Website

9. Zombie Dash 

 

Zombie Dash is a unique event, part fun-run, part survival exercise and lots of fun. Participants must try and complete the 1.5 km course, working together to avoid lurching zombies and reach the safety zones. It’s probably not for everyone but if you’re liking what you read, get involved! 

Address:  Inage Seaside Park  7 Chome−2 Takahama, Mihama-ku, Chiba

Price: 5,500 yen

Hours: 16th October: From 9:00 am- 10:30 pm. Race time: 11:00 am – 02:00 pm

Official Website: (Japanese)

10. Shimokita Kids Halloween Parade

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Shimokita Kids Halloween Parade is an annual Halloween event for kids. Taking place in Shimokitazawa, costumed kids parade the streets and trick-or-treat all they pass. If you’ve got some Halloween obsessed elementary school aged kids, register them to take part.  

Address:  Along Shimokita Station and Shopping Street

Price: 1000 yen (candy included)

Hours: 11:00 am- 03:00 pm

Official Website

11. Halloween in Tama Center 

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At Odakyu Tama Station, every Halloween the Tama Center organize a two-day family-friendly Halloween event. Expect costume parades, pumpkin carving and lots of candy. 

Address: Tama center

Price: Free

Hours: 28th October: 05:30 pm- 06:00 pm, 29th-30th October: 10:00 am – 05:00 pm (costume contest: 12:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Official Website (Japanese)

Where to Buy Halloween Costumes in Tokyo

Options abound when it comes to buying a Halloween costume in Tokyo. Here’s a selection your best options:

 

Don Quijote

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This mega-discount chain store sells everything under one roof. Perfect for the essentials and the not-so-essentials, just browsing in Don Quijote is a lot of fun. When it comes to Halloween, the store has it all – cheap masks, expensive outfits, makeup, decorations and much more. Full body costumes star at around 2,000 yen.  

 

Tokyu Hands

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Tokyu Hands stocks everything from camping equipment to cosmetics. With branches in all Tokyo’s major shopping districts, head here for a mid-range costume and all the accessories. 

 

100 Yen Shop

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The 100 yen shop is a Japanese institution, covering all your daily needs for just – you guessed it – 100 yen (plus tax). Loaded with high-quality goods at rock-bottom prices, including Halloween costumes and props, this is the retail destination of choice if money’s tight but you don’t want to miss out on the Halloween fun. 

 

Akihabara

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Akihabara is famous as the epicenter of Japan’s otaku and cosplay culture. Cosplay shops line the streets of Akihabara. Duck into any one to find all manner of Halloween appropriate costumes, accessories and wigs.  

Akihabara Cospa is one of the area’s best stores for cosplay goods. This is the cosplay high-end, however, so expect prices to match. Polka Polka is another notable store where you’ll find a little more affordable outfit. It’s a small store but is well stocked and you can even try on your choice before committing to the purchase.

Halloween Costumes in Japan

To finish off our guide to Tokyo Halloween, we’re going to leave you with some of our favourite Halloween costumes from years past. Check them out and be inspired!

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