Ready for some pre-Halloween fun in Tokyo? This weekend the city will be crawling with characters all sorts of creepy and cute. So get your costume, grab your camera and enjoy one of the many Halloween parades – and these other fun events too.
The two biggest Halloween parades both happen in central Tokyo on Sunday. The well-known Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade makes its way through the snazzy streets of Omotesando and Harajuku, with trick or treating at stores in the area. It’s super kid-friendly – if your little ones are under 12, they can even participate (with advance registration). Meanwhile over in Shinjuku you can catch the Magic of Halloween Parade outside JR Shinjuku Station. The parade will be led by Anna Tsuchiya (of Kamikaze Girls fame), which gives the event instant cool points, but be warned – the walking bit will only last 30 minutes! A bit further afield, but huge and famous in its own right, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade also takes place on Sunday. Roppongi Hills has one of its own, which takes place on Saturday morning. Toss a costume onto the kids and get them involved – there will be bags of candy going.
Also on is the Aoyama Festival – two days of markets, music, fashion swaps and other festivities happening on a long stretch of Aoyama Dori. At the same time, Yoyogi Park’s Event Plaza will be hosting the ultra hippy Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair – think organic, fair trade, and hammocks. If you’re in Ikebukuro, don’t miss the street performers doing acrobatics, juggling and all manner of magic. And if you’re travelling or trick or treating further afield, remember that you can still catch free short films at Haneda Airport.
For more Halloween events, check out our handy guide to cheapo costumes and parties.
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