Trick or Treat: Top Tokyo Halloween Events for 2018

Halloween is truly a 21st century holiday in Japan. Tokyo Disneyland first introduced the Happy Halloween Twilight Parade to the land of cosplay in 2000. Universal Studios got into the act in 2002 and the celebration took on a life of its own. These days Disney drags out the pumpkin and witch decorations in early September, and like everything else, Tokyo does Halloween better than anywhere in the world. Aside from simply joining the masses of costume-wearing people who converge in central Shibuya and Roppongi every year, here’s a rundown of our top recommended events full of tricks and treats. Click on the event name for the full event listing.

Whistlebump Halloween

This Halloween party has everything you need for the perfect party atmosphere. Indulge in complete spooky, freaky decadence: expect exotic dancers in the hottest Halloween costumes, a fashion show by “Land of Empire,” and jaw-dropping entertainers.

When: October 27
Where: XEX Nihonbashi

Scream! Halloween

Scream! is one of Tokyo’s longest-running Halloween parties and can always be counted on for chills and thrills, goblins and ghouls, freaks and frequencies. This year, Scream! is back to take over two floors at Shibuya’s WWW with disco, house and techno tunes.

When: October 27
Where: WWW Shibuya

Kawasaki Halloween 2018

Outside of theme parks, this street festival in Kawasaki celebrating its 22nd year is recognized as the first Halloween party in Japan. Started in 1996 with a parade of 150 people and approximately 500 spectators, these days the festivities draw a crowd of well more than 100,000. Dubbed “kawahalloism,” this year’s event features dancers and avant garde hairstyles and makeup.

When: October 27-28
Where: Around Kawasaki Station

Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2018

Ikebukuro is taken over by over 10,000 cosplayers from all over the world and another 90,000 visitors who come watch. The Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival is an annual event started in 2014 and is now one of the largest cosplay events in Japan.

When: October 27-28
Where: Around Ikebukuro Station

The Oak Door Spooky Halloween Laboratory and Afternoon Tea

On the two weeks leading up to Halloween, The Oak Door Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo will be crafting some very Instagram-worthy Halloween-themed cocktails. Pick your poison and sip on cocktails such as Love Potion, a unique Champagne-based cocktail guaranteed to make your handsome neighbor fall in love with you, or choose one of the colorful test tube “wisdom shots”.

When: Until October 31
Where: The Oak Door

Haunted Tokyo Tours: Halloween Ghost Walk

Take a walk down Tokyo’s darkened alleyways and hear tales of misery, heartache, and the forever damned. Learn about the angry Samurai spirits, go through a haunted tunnel, and drop by the home of Japan’s most famous ghost!

When: October 27 & 31
Where: Different areas of Tokyo

Halloween Party 2018 supported by XFlag

This three-day Halloween festival, headlined by alternative goth rocker Hyde, returns for the 11th year. Halloween Junky Orchestra and numerous other artists will perform in elaborate costume and lead this large-scale Halloween event. Don’t forget your costume!

When: October 26-28
Where: Makuhari Messe

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Disney’s Halloween 2018

Love it or hate it, Disney knows how to put on a show — and this year’s Halloween celebrations are no exception. With musical parades, themed merchandise and Halloween-themed foods, this theme park knows how to create a magical experience for everyone.

When: Until October 31
Where: Tokyo Disneyland

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Hotel New Grand

Satisfy your sweet and sour cravings with Hotel New Grand’s brand-new Halloween Afternoon Tea set, available all of October at the Yokohama institution’s La Terrasse lobby lounge. Putting a spooky spin on their ever-popular afternoon tea, the hotel’s Halloween version features autumn staples such as chestnut, pumpkin, pear, and persimmon desserts, as well as eyeball-shaped rum-chocolates. Yum!

When: Until October 31
Where: Hotel New Grand

Hello Kitty Land Halloween Party

Sanrio Puroland, better known as Hello Kitty Land Tokyo, will open its doors with a new and gripping Halloween special. The limited event will be split between a kawaii day-time schedule and somewhat scary night-time schedule.

When: Until October 31
Where: Sanrio Puroland

Tokyo Skytree Halloween 2018

Tokyo Skytree gets spooky during October in the run-up to Halloween. Enjoy stunning city views and spectacular night scenes with some additional seasonal flair.

When: Until October 31
Where: Tokyo Skytree

Halloween at Hotel New Otani

The New Otani gets into the seasonal spirit with a selection of suitable spooky Halloween menus at four of the hotel’s finest restaurants and bars. Enjoy delicious drinks and dishes  or indulge in a Halloween Dinner Course at Trader Vic’s Tokyo, which will also be hosting a Halloween DJ Night on October 26 & 27.

When: Until October 31
Where: Hotel New Otani

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