Halloween 2019: Things to Do in Tokyo!
In case you've missed all the black and orange decor and themed candy displays... it's Halloween season in Tokyo!
While you may know all about the infamous Shibuya festivities for adults, there are also many fun activities around the holiday geared toward children. Check out the below for ideas on what to do with the kids you watch in the coming weeks (with parents' permission, of course)!
Trick-or-Treat and Parades
Entire Month of October
From a special Van Gogh exhibit at the Ueno National Museum to a costume parade and trick-or-treating on 26 October, Shitamachi Halloween offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate for the whole family.
A very specific celebration! All participants in this parade must be dressed as cats.
This is the event for the manga and anime enthusiast in your household. More than 20,000 cosplayers are expected to participate. It's free to spectate, but there is a fee for dressing up.
Parades, costume contests, dance performances and more make this event a family-friendly must.
In previous years, kids had the opportunity to create costumes and collect stamps and candies from participating stores, as well as take part in a themed parade.
Kawasaki Halloween Parade
More than 100,000 people are expected to turn out for this annual tradition, where thousands more will parade in front of the crowd in silly, spooky and saucy costumes.
A costume parade (for kids under 12) and candy doled out by local shops make this a no-brainer for Halloween celebrations.
A stroller-friendly parade and trick-or-treating at local shops make this two-day festival perfect for families with small children.
13 September - 31 October
Join the park's usual cast of characters for this special masquerade parade, in addition to special photo opps with costumed mascots and a haunted house. By night, the park becomes a bit scarier due to a special collaboration with the new movie IT: Chapter Two.
Universal Studios Japan
6 September - 4 November
Run from zombies, or dance with them, during the very spooky themed event at Universal Studios. From haunted gardens to a trick-or-treat parades, the scares run the gamut. Several attractions are a bit too creepy for younger kids, so make sure to double-check age restrictions ahead of your visit.
Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea
10 September - 31 October
From Halloween-themed parades to decorations, menu items and merchandise, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea transform for the holiday. You can even join in on the fun by dressing up as your favorite spooky Disney character.