The spookiest month of the year is upon us, and that means the start of blood-pumping, heart-pounding, nail-curling events in Tokyo. But you'll be relieved -- or disappointed -- to know that not all have a Halloween theme; there are also ancient Edo festivals, dance contests, and even fireworks to enjoy. 1. The mando ceremony at Oeshiki Festival October 12 Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Ota The highlight of the Oeshiki Festival -- a Buddhist festival commemorating the anniversary of the death of Nichiren -- is the mando (10,000 light) rite in which about 3,000 people carry sacred lanterns, decorated with cherry blossoms, along a route towards Ikegami Honmonji Temple. The spectacular procession will start from around 6:30 p.m. and go on till midnight around the temple and Ikegami Station. 2. Kawagoe Festival October 14\u201315 Kawagoe Kawagoe is affectionately nicknamed "Little Edo" because some of its streets still resemble those of the Edo period. The festival features large, towering, elaborate floats that are paraded around Kurazukuri Street. Stick around into the evening as that's when things become even rowdier -- with traditional music performances, dancing, and paper lanterns. And of course, for a truly colorful sight, the floats will be lit up. 3. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival October 21 Futako Tamagawa Station As one -- if not the biggest -- fireworks event of the autumn, the Tamagawa Fireworks Festival has a reputation to uphold. 6,000 bolts will be shot into the air on the riverbed beside Futako Tamagawa Station. It will be extremely busy (this is a popular area for families), so organizers recommend allowing for at least an hour to get to your spot before the fireworks. 4. Ikebukuro Yosakoi Contest October 7\u20138 Ikebukuro The first half of Ikebukuro's Fukuro Matsuri took place in September, but the second half is raring to go ahead -- so be sure not to miss it. Also known as the Tokyo Yosakoi Contest, this festival is devoted to yosakoi, an energetic traditional dance characterized by the use of clappers called naruko. Although the dance has traditional origins, it's common nowadays to fuse the basic elements of yosakoi with modern music and\/or dance moves. Since this event is a contest, you'll see many different teams do their best to perform their takes on yosakoi. 5. Halloween Throughout October All over Tokyo Halloween is October's biggest event in Tokyo and celebrations have taken off in recent years. There are events all over: Kagurazaka, Roppongi, Omotesando, Ikebukuro, Kawasaki, and, of course, Shibuya. The events come in different levels of family-friendliness, ranging from "perfect for small children" to "maybe it's not such a good idea to bring kids here". Four Halloween events to add to the diary are: Bake Neko (Supernatural Cat) Festival Kichijoji Halloween Festa Halloween Night in the Forest Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival Check out our Tokyo Halloween 2023 guide for a full rundown of events. While we do our best to ensure it's correct, information is subject to change.