Tokyo is revving up for a bigger Halloween than ever. There are events and activities galore, but what would they be without food? Here’s a closer look at some of the spooktacular snacks and decadent desserts of the season.
Afternoon Tea Treats
Aman Tokyo’s signature afternoon tea set takes a thrilling turn into a dark and decadent Halloween Honey Afternoon Tea for the month of October, in honor of the spooky season. Served on a handcrafted black bamboo stand, this three tiers of devilishly delicate desserts has everything from bat-shaped chocolate and ghost meringue to lavender honey macarons and scones, and roasted pork sandwiches seasoned with honey and rosemary. And that’s only a part of it! This ode to autumn offers a truly exclusive afternoon treat.
Halloween Honey Afternoon Tea Set ¥4,900 per person or ¥7,200 with champagne. Available until October 31, at The Lounge by Aman inside Aman Tokyo Hotel.
Dessert-themed jewelry designer-turned-dessert shop owner offers creative and too-cute-to-eat treats for its afternoon tea offering. From pumpkin cream-covered scones to dark cherry cake and sandwiches, this set is sure to delight both your tum and need for adorable spooky sweets.
2017 Halloween Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 per person. Includes drink; weekdays only. Available until October 31.
Kawaii Monster Cafe is already known for its colorful and creative creations, but this fall it’s pulling out all the stops for its collaboration with Lotte to concoct some seriously scary snacks. The Dark Koala Burger comes with avocado and a slathering of cheese sauce. Desserts include Koumori Chocotto Monster, a dessert burger, and Kemukujara Chocotto Monster, a purple chestnut cream concoction hiding choco pies inside.
Left to right: Koumori Chocotto Monster ¥1,580, Dark Koala Burger ¥2,180 (set meal), Ghana Banana Shake ¥980, Kemukujara Chocotto Monster ¥1,680. Available until October 31.
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has a full Halloween dinner course for adults desiring a classy, yet fun Halloween-themed dining experience. Some of the delectable culinary crafts on offer include salmon mie cuit with a pumpkin and apricot puree, clam chowder in a crispy pie crust in the shape of a jack o’ lantern, as well as a devil for the main dish and a mummy for dessert.
Course menu ¥6,000 (excluding service charge). Available until October 31 at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Halloween isn’t just for kids and Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya has some spooktacular witches’ brews for the occasion. The Jack Halloween Cocktail features aged whiskey as a base, with accents of caramel syrup and apple aroma, and ginger. To finish it off it is served with fresh apple, orange, and mint. The Rum Raisin Cocktail takes the classic ice cream flavor up a notch with vanilla notes and creamy milk, while the Pumpkin Cocktail is made using delicately strained pumpkin, coupled with an egg liqueur and rum to make it a mellow and creamy affair.
From left to right: Jack Halloween, Rum Raisin Cocktail, and Pumpkin Cocktail, all priced ¥2,257. Available until October 31, at Bellovisto Bar inside Cerulean Tokyu Tower
On weekends leading up to Halloween, The Oak Door Bar will be crafting some Halloween-themed cocktails, including some spooky servings with lychee “eyeballs” and skull-shaped shot glasses. Pick your poison and sip on cocktails such as Dark Magic, a unique black cocktail made with Fernet-Branca, a brand of bitter herbal liqueur from Italy, or choose the punch bowl-style Punchkin, made with vodka and pumpkin pureé and served in a carved out pumpkin. The Skull Shot is a head full of Bailey’s, lemon juice and grenadine syrup. while Bloody Eyes goes heavy on the lychee. For those keen on some nibbles, alcohol-infused Worm Gummies should hit the spot.
Left to right: Dark Magic ¥1,800, Skull Shot ¥1,300, Bloody Eyes ¥1,700, Worm Gummies (snack) ¥1,500, Punchkin ¥1,500. Available for six days only: 21-22, 28-29, 30 & 31 October at The Oak Door Bar inside The Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel is putting on a very special night-time dessert buffet for the month of October, naming it a very appropriate “Sweets Parade – Halloween.” Diners have an unlimited amount of time to dig into the sumptuous sweets on offer during the evening at the hotel’s lobby lounge, Sea Window. Sugary treats include 13 original desserts ranging from pumpkin-flavored Pound Cake to made-while-you-wait waffles.
Night Sweets Buffet “Sweets Parade – Halloween” ¥3,889 (plus tax) per person at Sea Window, inside Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel. Available until October 27.
For those who would like to satisfy their cravings a little bit earlier in the day and have a few more options, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is the place to go. With about 35 different dessert offerings, this monstrous spread of photogenic treats will have you coming back for more.
Halloween Monster Ball Sweets Buffet from ¥3,000 per person. Available daily at 3-5pm at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba’s Seascape Terrace Dining until October 31.