Halloween is one of the spookiest events on the calendar; a time for costumes, horror movies and all things eerie. And here in Japan, contrary to logic, one of the best places to celebrate it is at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland.
From early September until Halloween itself, both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea transform into spooky versions of themselves.
You’ll find seasonal decorations, events, merchandise and even Halloween themed food (hello purple and black food colouring!). For lovers of this haunted holiday, it’s not to be missed! Here’s what you can expect during Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland.
This is Halloween
Each year, the parks have a new theme or narrative for their Halloween celebrations. For example, in 2018, Tokyo Disneyland’s theme was ‘ghosts’, and the 2019 DisneySea narrative involved Mickey’s efforts to save Halloween from three evil sea witches. Regardless of the theme, you can count on a spooky atmosphere and tons of frightening fun.
The first thing you’ll notice are the decorations. All over the parks, you’ll see pumpkins, ghosts, spiderwebs and other hair-raising displays. Some even double as photo backdrops you can pose with to commemorate your visit.
Getup to get down
Great news for those who can’t resist a cosplay opportunity: Halloween is one of the few times adult visitors are permitted to dress up in the parks. You can go in full getup or simply include a small accent of Halloween and/or Disney flair.
If you don’t want to ride public transport in full costume, there are places within the park for you to change. You can check the map or ask staff to point you in the right direction. It’s also a good idea to check the Tokyo Disney website events page for more information on costume days and costume restrictions.
(You can read the rest of the article at this link. This article was first published by Team JJ on December 2, 2020. Check here for deeper and unique insights into visiting Japan, including wellness, travel, cuisine and more. Find us on Instagram and on Facebook.)
Author: Team JJ