Ready for some pre-Halloween entertaining 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 particular of the several Halloween parades – and these other fun events also.
The two greatest Halloween parades both occur in central Tokyo on Sunday. The well-recognized Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade tends to make its way by means of the snazzy streets of Omotesando and Harajuku, with trick or treating at stores in the region. It’s super kid-friendly – if your tiny ones are beneath 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 occasion immediate cool points, but be warned – the walking bit will only last 30 minutes! A bit further afield, but huge and popular in its own correct, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade also requires spot on Sunday. Roppongi Hills has 1 of its own, which requires spot on Saturday morning. Toss a costume onto the youngsters and get them involved – there will be bags of candy going.
Also on is the Aoyama Festival – two days of markets, music, style swaps and other festivities happening on a lengthy stretch of Aoyama Dori. At the identical time, Yoyogi Park’s Occasion Plaza will be hosting the ultra hippy Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair – feel organic, fair trade, and hammocks. If you are in Ikebukuro, do not miss the street performers performing acrobatics, juggling and all manner of magic. And if you are travelling or trick or treating additional afield, keep in mind that you can nonetheless catch free brief films at Haneda Airport.
For far more Halloween events, check out our handy guide to cheapo costumes and parties.