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Tokyo’s Best Halloween Parties

We list up some of the biggest Halloween parties of 2017.

Halloween is right around the corner, and Tokyo’s nightclubs are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of the year.

Over the past ten years, Tokyo has seen a dramatic growth in interest for Halloween. Halloween candy is now available at most grocery stores, department buildings decorate with jack-o-lanterns, and families celebrate from home (now commonly referred to now as HaroPa ハロパ). More famous are the wildly huge Halloween street parties that have been receiving international mass media attention year after year.

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2017 is gearing up to be even bigger with more Halloween parties, costume contests and a street parade on October 22nd.

To help our fellow Tokyo Night Owls, we have put together a list of the Best Halloween Parties to attend this year. Before heading out, here are some useful Tokyo Night Owl tips:

  1. Nightclubs have ghoulishly long lines. To avoid this, we recommend arriving at the club no later than 11 pm.
  2. Buy your costume beforehand. You don’t want to be stuck wearing a Pikachu snuggie. The Mega Donkey Hotte in Shibuya and Roppongi have a wide selection of Halloween costumes. Also, Amazon.jp has dozens of options with next day shipping. Be warned though, Halloween costumes in Japan are typically overpriced.
  3. Pre-funk. Lines at the bar on Halloween can be hellish. Get the party started with some conbini 9% chu his or a canned hi-ball.
  4. Avoid the Roppongi dumps. There are loads of small bars masquerading as nightclubs in Roppongi. And during Halloween, with the long lines for the hot nightclubs, you may be inclined to hit these places up. Don’t! They will be packed, sleazy, and possibly dangerous.
  5. Arrived dressed up and ready to party. It may seem odd to wear a costume on a train, but in Tokyo, its commonplace during Halloween. Nothing worse than having to find a corner or bathroom in Shibuya where you can get into costume.

Bonus tip for the fellas:
Skip the scary or bloody makeup, and stick to cute costumes. Japanese girls will be more inclined to chat up a handsome Mario than a decomposing zombie.


TOKYO’S BEST HALLOWEEN PARTIES

1. Heroes vs. Villains

Heroes vs Villains Tokyo Halloween

When: October 21st 11pm – 5:30am
Where: ageHa, Shinkiba
How Much: 3,500 Yen or 2,000 Yen with a Costume
Event Details: http://www.ageha.com/schedule/event/?id=293617

This “super” Halloween party encourages guests to wear either a hero or villain themed costume as they party at one of four different dance floors available at ageHa. Upon entering the nightclub, heroes will receive a blue led wristband or a red led wristband for villains. Guests can easily distinguish who is a do-gooder and who is evil with these glowing red and blue lights.

The main floor is decorated in comic themed Halloween decorations, and the bars will have hero and villain themed cocktails as well! If you are a lover of Super Hero movies, comics or just being a Hero / Villain, this is the party for you.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Use our exclusive Discount Coupon and save at the door
Show this coupon at ageHa’s front counter and enter for only 1,000 yen when you wear a costume!

Heroes vs Villains Tokyo Halloween

2. Club Camelot

Camelot Tokyo Halloween

When: October 26 – 31st 10pm – 5am
Where: Camelot, Shibuya
How Much: Men 3,500 Yen +1 Drink and Women 1,500 Yen + 1 Drink. (Happy Hour Discounts start from 9 pm till midnight)
Event Details: http://www.clubcamelot.jp/event_content.php?id=766

All of Tokyo’s disco clubs will hold Halloween parties, but only Camelot is stepping it up with a creepy Prison theme! The nightclub will have prison-themed decorations, loads of guest DJs, and several photo booths. Guests can also use the hashtag #CamelotPrison in their Instagram posts for a chance to win cash prizes!

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Book a VIP table, and avoid having to wait in line to order drinks. ENVYME.jp has several tables available for booking at Camelot starting at 70,000 Yen for four guests.

3. Tokyo Monster Ball

Tokyo Halloween Ball

When: October 28th 9 pm – 5 am
Where: Legato, Shibuya
How much: 3,000 Yen
Event Details: https://iflyer.tv/en/event/294816/

For the last five years, Legato has hosted one of the biggest Halloween parties in Tokyo. The venue is a large and elegant restaurant that transforms into a club on special occasions. With its recent renewal, the newly installed glass windows provide guests with a nearly 360° view of the city.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Arrive Early! Access to Legato requires using an elevator which creates a massive queue.

4. GRINDHOUSE

When: October 28th
Where: Trump Room, Shibuya
How Much: Men: 3000 Yen and Women: 3000 Yen
Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/133700453941161/

Every year the hipster promoters behind White Rabbit throw an underground Halloween party at the infamous Trump Room nightclub. White Rabbit packs it’s two floors with 16 different DJs playing the filthiest techno, bass and trap beats this side of Japan. Also, there will be live performances and free shot giveaways during the night.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
The drinks and service at the bar leave much to be desired. We recommend picking up some chu-his before hitting this party!

5. “HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE”

Metropolis Tokyo Halloween

When: October 28th 9 pm
Where: Andaz 52nd-floor, Toranamon
How Much: 3,000 Yen
Event Details: https://metropolisjapan.com/halloween2017/

Are you looking for something a little more upscale? Then check out this party put on by foreign magazine Metropolis and upscale party promoters Black List. Held on the 52nd floor of the beautiful Andaz Hotel, this party doubles as a networking event with some of Tokyo’s most successful expats. Metropolis is supporting the event with loads of costume contest giveaways including two business class tickets to Hong Kong, BMW test drives, hot stone massage vouchers and more!

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Blacklist events tend to attract guests in their 30’s and 40’s, so if you are looking for something a bit more underground or “raging” than this Halloween party may not be for you.

6. Party on the Shibuya Streets!

Date: October 28th & 31st, typically starting at 10 pm till morning.
Location: Shibuya Streets
How Much: FREE!

Let’s be honest… the best party on Halloween is located on the Shibuya streets! It starts early, its packed with cuties, and food is available on every corner. The street Halloween street parties have become internationally famous, and it’s worth partaking in. If crowded nightclubs are not your bag, stick to the streets!

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
The booze in the convenient stores tends to sell out on the main Shibuya Center Road. So we recommend picking up your conbini drinks a few blocks away from the madness.


Where are you celebrating Halloween in Tokyo? Let us know in the comments!

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