Halloween in Tokyo: A Photo Diary

Nothing can be as wild, crazy, festive and colorful as the Halloween celebration in Tokyo.

I still get goosebumps and that giddy feeling when I look back to a little over a year ago, when friends and I were in Tokyo, Japan, and incidentally, during Halloween week.

As early as October 28, we started seeing the change in the locals’ outfits. But nothing could prepare us for the level of creativity, playfulness and wackiness for October 30–the Japanese (teens, most especially) spilling onto the streets. If you lose a friend in the crowd, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Foreign TV news crews getting the scoop on the weirdest, prettiest and most inventive of costumes (I even saw someone dressed as Jesus Christ and carrying a cross).

The crowd immediately thins though when it’s time for the trains’ last few trips. It can get very tricky if you don’t know what line you should be on. Thankfully, by that time I had mastered which trains to take going home to our AirBnb in Shinjuku.

I’d gladly go back to Tokyo to celebrate Halloween once more–the chaos, the merriment, the mayhem, it was all magical to a first-time tourist to Japan like me.

Below are some snaps that I took back then. Enjoy and leave a comment if you feel like it!

October 29--we couldn't help but order these cute limited-edition Halloween ice cream treats from Baskin Robbins.
October 29–we couldn’t help but order these cute limited-edition Halloween ice cream treats from Baskin Robbins.
The colorful, Halloween-themed window displays in Shinjuku
The colorful, Halloween-themed window displays in Shinjuku
Sexy ladies covered in crime scene tape--a scene I'm sure my boyfriend found entertaining.
Sexy ladies covered in crime scene tape–a scene I’m sure my boyfriend found entertaining.
Yoda, just chillin' with some Jedis.
Yoda, just chillin’ with some Jedis.
Manly swans? I couldn't help but notice the strategic placement of the swan "necks". XD
Manly swans? I couldn’t help but notice the strategic placement of the swan “necks”. XD
Disney characters and sexy nurses were a common sight.
Disney characters and sexy nurses were a common sight.
Snow White and Rose Red? Or is she the Little Red Riding Hood?
Snow White and Rose Red? Or is she the Little Red Riding Hood?
Me and Mr. Toy Soldier! He had just parked his car and excitedly got out when we signaled we wanted to have our photo taken with him. Japanese folks are always so eager to have a good time and to entertain tourists.
Me and Mr. Toy Soldier! He had just parked his car and excitedly got out when we signaled we wanted to have our photo taken with him. Japanese folks are always so eager to have a good time and to entertain tourists.
More cute nurses. See their gleeful faces?
More cute nurses. See their gleeful faces?
Kawaii bunnies!
Kawaii bunnies!
More bunnies. And the tourists love it.
More bunnies. And the tourists love it.
Sexy policewomen
Sexy zombie policewomen
Human tetris
Human tetris
An assortment of costumed characters
An assortment of costumed characters
Super Mario was another especially popular theme in people's costumes
Super Mario was another especially popular theme in people’s costumes
Japanese girls can get away with any outfit because of their slim figures.
Japanese girls can get away with any outfit because of their slim figures.
My favorite. And I have absolutely no clue who these robed creatures are supposed to be. Haha.
My favorite. And I have absolutely no clue who these robed creatures are supposed to be. Haha.
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