Halloween for adults in Japan is less about trick-or-treating, and more about dancing till morning dressed in an award-winning costume.

That’s why we’ve highlighted some of the top Tokyo Halloween parties — from quaint venues to mega clubs. If you are looking for something a bit more sedate, check out our full guide to Halloween in Tokyo.

Pro tip: Costumes are encouraged, and often get you discounted entry, but are not required. For an idea of what to expect, see Tokyo’s best Halloween costumes of years gone by.

1. Back From The Grave: Halloween Ball

October 21–22
From ¥4,000

For those who like to celebrate Halloween in style (with a healthy dose of mayhem), this punk-rock night should tick the boxes. With an incredible 50 bands performing, Back From The Grave has it all.

The show will take place in Kabukichō and will go from 2 p.m. till dawn on Saturday, and 1 p.m. till dawn on Sunday — that means an all-nighter for sure. There will also be DJs, burlesque, and other attractions.

Entry is ¥4,000 if tickets are booked in advance, and ¥4,500 on the door (all require a drink charge).

Tokyo Halloween
Dress to impress. | Photo by Grigoris Miliaresis

2. Ragtag: Heaven & Hell

October 28

Vice or virtue are both welcomed at this Tokyo Halloween party. Celebrating the best of both afterworlds, Ragtag is putting on a show with live music, haunting art, and even a shibari performance found in the depths.

The bar will be well-stocked with sinful potions and there will even be a Hot Tamales food stall. Tickets are ¥3,000 on the door.

3. Tokyo Decadence

October 28
From ¥4,500; discounts available

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One of the biggest and most provocative Halloween nights in town, the Decadence party has enough unusual performers to make you forget about the music altogether.

Headline DJ acts include world-record-breaking 88-year-old DJ Sumirock, and other talented performances. You never really know what to expect at a Tokyo Decadence Halloween night.

Entry is ¥5,000 on the door, with discounts of between ¥500 and ¥1,500 available depending on your costume. If you buy tickets in advance, it will save you ¥500.

4. Tokyo Emo Night Halloween

October 29

Delve deep into the dark underbelly of Halloween and revel in emo, rock, and metal music in Nishi-Azabu. If you aren’t into heavy club nights, then you’ll be pleased to know this intimate get-together for music lovers takes place in the small venue Traffic Tokyo.

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Tickets cost ¥1,500, and you’ll need to buy a drink ticket for ¥800.

Tokyo Halloween
Make it dark. | Photo by David Ishikawa

5. Halloween Cosplay Japanese Language Meetup

October 28

For more of a chill get-together — that’s also completely free — then join a Japanese-language meetup with a spooky twist. Learn the language while dressed as a pumpkin, ghost, or whatever Halloween costume you can get your hands on. Chill, chat, play games, and take plenty of photos to immortalize the spooky night.

Note that you will need to register for a free trial on the WeLearn website to join. You’ll only need to input your email and you can quit at any time.

6. Halloween at Maharaja Roppongi

October 27, 28, and 31

There will be Halloween club nights at Maharaja Roppongi throughout October, but the main block of events takes place on Oct. 27, 28, and 31. Halloween night itself will have a masquerade, and the weekend before will have a giant party going from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tickets start at around ¥1,000 for women and ¥2,000 for men. Check out the website for more details.

Think there are other Tokyo Halloween parties we should add to the list? Let us know!

This post was first published in October 2016. Last updated in October 2023.

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