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Five Recommended Japanese Halloween Events to Enjoy with the Family

2016.10.28

Writer name : nakamura

Over the last several years, Japanese Halloween events have attracted attention among the overseas media for their fervor and popularity. We have picked five events from those being held in 2016 that we'd especially like to recommend for families with kids.

1. Kawasaki Halloween 2016

Annual attendance is over 120,000! It is said to be one of the largest Halloween events in Japan.
The costume parade, which is the highlight of the event, is separated into a kids' parade in which children who are elementary school age and younger participate in pairs with adults and a Halloween parade that consists of approximately 2,600 participants parading around the JR Kawasaki Station area. Other events include various shows, face painting, and artists who will put special make-up on willing people.
Dates: October 29 (Sat) and October 30 (Sun), 2016


1. Kawasaki Halloween 2016


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2. Kyoto Kitayama Halloween

A Halloween event held in the quiet Kitayama area in northern Kyoto.
In addition to the costume party and parade, there is a large offering of festivities including the food stall area selling food like curry and sweets, and a handmade market with stalls selling a variety of items such as jewelry and household goods!
The pumpkin carving where you can carve your own jack-o-lantern is recommended. Once you carve your lantern, you can enjoy it lit up with a candle! We encourage you to participate with your family.
Dates: October 29 (Sat) and October 30 (Sun), 2016

*The image is for illustrative purposes only.


2. Kyoto Kitayama Halloween


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3. Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade

This is a popular event considered the first Halloween costume parade in Japan, and 2016 marks the 34th time it's being held. Kids (12 and younger) and accompanying adults will parade 1km around Omotesando, clad in the costumes of their choice. It's comforting to know that traffic will be regulated and pedestrian safety is considered.
Surrounding shops and facilities offer Halloween menus and treats for children, as well as a variety of events such as performances.
Date: October 30 (Sun), 2016


3. Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

4. The Little World Halloween

The Little World Museum of Man in Inuyama, Aichi is a theme park with reconstructed traditional houses from various regions around the world including Europe and Asia. It is popular as a place where one can experience a world tour in one day.
This is an extremely popular Halloween event held at the park. You can walk around the park and take photos in front of houses from around the world wearing a variety of different costumes. A wide range of fun events will be held.
Dates: October 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun), 29 (Sat), 30 (Sun), 2016

*The image is for illustrative purposes only.


4. The Little World Halloween


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5. 2016 Rokko Island Halloween Festival

This is one of the largest Halloween events in the Osaka and Kobe area.
There will be a full selection of fun events related to Halloween starting with the costume parade with approximately 2,000 participants, as well as a costume contest with lots of fabulous prizes, and a Rokko Island Trick or Treat, where kids (elementary school age and younger) can walk around Rokko Island in their costumes and get treats! A particular recommendation is the haunted house that is sure to make you scream--although you may want to skip it if you are easily scared.
With a variety of dance and music performances and food stalls, it is a festival the whole family can enjoy.
Dates: October 29 (Sat), 2016 and October 30 (Sun), 2016

*The image is for illustrative purposes only



5. 2016 Rokko Island Halloween Festival


Official Homepage

In addition to the events introduced here, there are a variety of events planned around the country during Halloween time. We encourage you to participate in one of them if you want a slightly different experience from a typical vacation.
*As some parades may require advance registration, please be sure to check the official websites.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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