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Local Halloween festivities are BIGGEST in Kawasaki city, going on for days with the parade being THE thing to watch out for on the news if not in person. Tama Center’s festivities are a close second, with the Jack o’ Lantern showing worth taking a look.
This week, at home we read “Don’t Go Up Haunted Hill…Or Else!” which is a good read-on-your-own book or read a loud to your kids book for the kindy to early elementary set. A short non-scary, trick-or-treating story with humour and a twist at the end (only costs about 700 yen from Yurindo stores). Scroll down to the bottom of the page for recommended reads.
Now, here’s a rundown of festive Halloween events to catch in Japan:
Disneyland’s probably a better place now to visit during Halloween with its new Haunted House attraction added to the theme park.
Halloween in Tama Center Location: Tama Center Station Area in Tama-city, Tokyo
Access: Keio Line Tama Center Station
Dates: October 23 – 26, 2008
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (23rd), 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (24th-26th)
Events include trick-or-treating, Halloween parade, Jack O’Lantern night, and more.
Access: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station
Date: October 25, 2008
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy the Halloween parade and performances.
Access: Tokyo Subway Meijijingu-mae Station / Omotesando Station
Date: October 26, 2008
Time: 11 a. m. – 6 p.m.
Lots of kids participate in this Halloween parade every year.
Access: JR Kawasaki Station
Date: October 18-26, 2008
The biggest event is the Halloween parade held on October 26.
Date: October 31, 2008
Access: Minato Mirai Line Motomachi-chukagai Station/ JR Ishikawacho Station
People put on Halloween costume and gather in the shopping street.
Come and enjoy this event featuring A “Halloween Costume Stamp Rally”, face painting and more!
Limit: 2,000 people
*First come, first served.
Eligibility: People who dress up in a Halloween costume or who have face painting.
Date & Time: Oct. 26 (Sun), 10:00-16:00
*Not cancelled in case of light rain.
Location: Yamate area
*Eight Western-Style Homes,
Iwasaki Museum and Yokohama Doll Museum (5-20 min walk from JR Ishikawacho Stn or Motomachi- Chukagai Stn of Minatomirai Line).
Oct. 25(Sat) – Oct.31 (Fri) *Closed on Oct. 28 and 29
Location: Yokohama Bayside bridge Sky Walk (bus route #17 from Tsurumi Stn of JR/ Keikyu Line to “Sky Walk mae” stop)
Illustrated by David Costello
Illustrated by Liz Conrad
Trickety-treat! Black clouds, run away!
Fizzily-sparkle! Full moon, come and play!”
Their big, round (green, purple, and chartreuse) faces and toothy smiles are anything but scary, and their Halloween festivities involving pumpkin ice cream with slimy green cake, musical broomsticks, and pin-the-tail-on-the-newt make for a fun-to-read book that might just be read more than you’d think—to put it mildly (our Halloween books stay on the shelves all year ’round because the children love reading them!). This sturdy, colorful, and rambunctious book gets you in the Halloween spirit from the very first words and pictures.
Invitingly scary, this Halloween romp follows the sneaker-clad footsteps of two children as they make their way through a haunted house. Showing only their feet entering or leaving the rooms heightens the atmosphere of suspense. The horrors of each room are briefly but chillingly described, while the scratchy pencil and watercolor illustrations invite close scrutiny. Carefully placed clues belie the house’s sinister atmosphere, but not all of the creatures can be explained away, giving the story a pleasing ambiguity. The younger child appears less frightened than the older, who pleads: “I know you’re not frightened, but still . . . we could go. No one would notice. ‘No,’ you say? ‘No’?” Children will enjoy the upbeat ending, as little sister drags her reluctant brother back for another house tour. A spooky bit of fun for Halloween storytimes. –Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library