The most famous Halloween parade in all of Japan is the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. The 21st edition of the parade will begin at 2:30pm and run until 4pm on the last Sunday of October. An exciting new addition to this year’s celebrations is the Pride Parade, held in tandem with the main event. Participants will parade along the 1.5-km course in the vicinity of JR Kawasaki Station and the nearby La Citadella shopping.
Participating in the parade + ticket info
While watching the parade is free, if you want to take part in the parade yourself, there is a cost of 1,000 yen per person. To join, you must be at least high-school age or above, and wear a costume. You can buy tickets online here (Google Translate is handy for this). The first option is just for those who want to participate in a costume contest. The other options are combo tickets for parade participation + entry to your music performance of choice.
Organizers are accepting a maximum of 2,500 participants to the main parade and 200 participants for the pride parade—so get your tickets before they run out. From 4pm-5pm, there will be an awarding ceremony, and the afterparty goes from 5pm-10pm (free for Halloween parade participants; 1,000 yen for advanced tickets or costumed participants; 1,500 yen at the door).
In case you have any questions, contact the venue at: firstname.lastname@example.org (but note that you cannot purchase tickets directly from the venue).
The kids’ parade takes place the day before at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Other activities, most of which will take place on the weekend of Oct. 28-29, include movie screenings and a Halloween makeup booth.