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Tokyo’s Best Halloween Parties 2020

Halloween in Tokyo this year is going to be weird. With coronavirus ravaging the performance and nightlife industry, Japanese nightclubs have had to get creative in providing a safe party environment, while making sure profits can be made. Halloween this year is especially critical for the nightlife industry, as it is hoping to recover from their losses from the past few months by throwing “safe” Halloween parties.

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 (for better or worse).

Six Tokyo Halloween

Unlike past years, 2020 is looking to be a much smaller experience with a limited selection of Halloween parties, costume contests, and no outrageous Shibuya street parties.

To help our fellow Tokyo Night Owls, we have put together a list of the Best Halloween Parties of 2020. Before heading out, here are some useful Tokyo Night Owl tips:

  1. Wear A Mask: All nightclubs will require this for entry. Try customizing your mask to fit your costume!
  2. Nightclubs have ghoulishly long lines. To avoid this, we recommend arriving at the club no later than 11 pm.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Note that Shibuya’s convenience stores will not sell alcohol.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Be Cautious. The coronavirus averages 100 – 200 cases a day in Tokyo. So it’s best to avoid shaking hands, and sharing drinks. Be sure to keep that mask on!

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. WARP Halloween: Ancient to Future

Tokyo Best Halloween Party

Shinjuku’s hottest new nightclub located at the heart of the redlight district will host a space Halloween party on October 31st. WARP Shinjuku has made an explosive entry to Tokyo’s nightclub scene with some of the biggest parties in town, and they are promising to make this year’s Halloween special. This year, WARP welcomes EDM sensation VIVID who will be headlining this freaky night out.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
WARP is currently Tokyo’s most poular nightclub, so be sure to arrive early to avoid waiting in line too long. Also by arriving early, the door price gets cheaper, with ladies being free!

When: October 30th – 31st 9pm – 4:30am
Where: Warp, Shinjuku
How Much: Men: 3500 Yen with 1 free drink and Women: 1,000 Yen with 1 free drink
Event Details: 
https://warp-shinjuku.jp/vivid_20201031/

2. ageHa: The Carnival!! Special Halloween Night

Tokyo Best Halloween Party

ageHa’s Halloween events are legendary! And thanks to it’s large outdoor area, spacious walk ways, and big dance floors, ageHa will probably be the safest Halloween party in the city.

This year’s Halloween party will feature a Carnival theme and loads of local DJs playing everything from hip hop to Bass music.

2018’s Halloween Party

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Grab pre-sale tickets for guaranteed entry. And don’t forget your photo IDs! The security are notoriously strict, and it would be a nightmare being denied entry into ageHa and stuck in Shinkiba after the last trains finish.

Buy Tickets

When: October 31st, 10 pm – Late
Where: ageHa, Shinkiba
Tickets: 2,800 Yen or 4,500 Yen with Arena Tickets
Event Details:  
http://www.ageha.com/schedule/event/?id=330828

3. Club Camelot: Halloween Horror Party

Tokyo Best Halloween Party

All of Tokyo’s disco clubs will hold Halloween parties, but only Camelot will feature a horror theme! The nightclub will have Halloween decorations, loads of guest DJs, costume contests, and several photo booths.

2018’s Halloween Party

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Camelot’s B2 Floor, is the best floor of the club. The B3 floor plays nothing but cheese and old EDM. Stick to the B2 floor for a proper international spook fest.

When: October 25th – 31st 9pm – 5am
Where: Camelot, Shibuya
How Much: Men 3,500 Yen +1 Drink and Women 1,500 Yen + 1 Drink. Wear a costume for special discounts.
Event Details: 
https://clubcamelot.jp/en/

4. WOMB: Bump Halloween

This Halloween, WOMB Is keeping it simple with a stacked line up of local house and techno acts. No particular theme for this one, but expect some of the deepest sounds to be found here on the 31st.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Purchase tickets ahead of time to skip the line and save 500 yen. Link below:

When: October 31st 11 pm – 5 am
Where: WOMB, Shibuya
Tickets: 2,500 Yen and Fast Pass Tickets, On the Day 3,000 Yen
Event Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/316355422455623

5. Ce La Vi Tokyo: Yelloween

Ce La Vi Tokyo launched last spring in Tokyo, with a bit of wimper. The cramped dance floor and high prices turned off most of Tokyo’s clubber. However, during the summer Ce La Vi opened up its out door lounge, which has proved to be hit, especially during the pandemic. Now Tokyo’s top all mix DJs rock the terrace with a wicked view of the Shibuya Crossing.

This Halloween, Ce La Vi Toko is collaborating with champagne Veuve Clicquot to present “Yelloween” with popular Japanese artist Ak-69.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Ce La Vi Tokyo has a strict dress code, so if you are not coming in a costume, be sure to dress up.

When: October 31st 9 pm – Late
Where: Ce La Vi Tokyo, Shibuya
Door Price: Men are 5,000 Yen with 1 Drink Ticket and Ladies are 3,500 Yen with 1 Drink Ticket
Event Details: Ce La Vi Tokyo Instagram

6. alife: The Halloween Story Book 2020

Alife halloween

Roppongi’s most popular nightclub with the foreign crowd also has one of the most popular Halloween parties in town. With a unique Halloween Story Book theme, ALIFE decorates all three of its dance floors and is promising a spooky party set to the Halloween soundtrack selected by their resident DJs. This party will be hype, but it will be crowded. Arrive early to avoid the endless lines.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Arrive before 11 pm for Happy Hour half off the door price, including 2 tickets that can be exchanged for delicous food!

When: October 30th and 31st 11 pm to close
Where: ALIFE, Roppongi
How Much: Men are ¥4,000 with 2 Drinks and Women ¥2,500 with 2 Drinks.
Event Details:
e-alife.net

7. SEL OCTAGON: Halloween Glow

Octagon Lounge Club

SEL OCTAGON opened about a year ago, and it has become the go-to nightclub for big EDM sounds. As a safety precaution, SEL OCTAGON has transformed into a lounge club with limited entrance. All guests will be required to book a table, so this is a party is only for the partygoers looking to spend money and avoid crowds. The setup is a bit unusual, but it could be the safest party happening on the 31st.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
Be sure to reserve your table before going. All guests will be required to book 1 table, and order at least one bottle. Be aware of the service charge with can be as high as 20%! Reserve at this number:  03-3405-0088

When: October 26th – 31st 8 pm to 4:30 am
Where: Sel Octagon, Roppongi
How Much: Guests must book a table with 1 bottle.
Event Details: 
https://sel-octagon-tokyo.jp/

8. 1Oak Tokyo

1oak Tokyo halloween

1Oak Tokyo recently relocated to ELE Tokyo’s old location, a venue with a large main floor in the basement, and a smaller lounge on the first floor. It is a considerable improvement over ELE TOKYO’s VIP table floor layout that had clubbers squeezed into the sides of the club.

Since the move, 1Oak has effectively become the go-to hip hop nightclub in Roppongi, hosting primarily local Japanese hip hop acts.

1Oak Tokyo will celebrate their first Halloween at their new location with special guest ELLE TERASA, known for her impeccable vocoder singing skills.

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
1Oak Tokyo has been very loose with it’s Covid 19 procedures. Be absolutely sure to wear a mask while inside the nightclub. The last thing we need in Tokyo is a covid 19 cluster in a nightclub.

When: October 31st, 10 pm to late
Where: 1Oak Tokyo, Roppongi
How Much: TBA
Event Details:
1Oak Tokyo Instagram

9. VISION: TURN OVER x HELL GATE

This year VISION will feature some of the most intense rap acts Japan has to offer. With guests like JIN DOGG, and FUJI TRILL, this party is meant for the most hardcore of urban music lovers. Just check the music video, and get a taste of what to expect at this “Halloween Party.”

Tokyo Night Owl Tip:
These hip-hop acts have dedicated followers which will lead to long lines. Purchase tickets below for guaranteed entry.

When: October 31st, 9 pm to late
Where: Sound Museum Vision, Shibuya
How Much: Pre Sale Tickets 2,500 Yen for Men, 1,5000 Yen for Women

At the door, 3,000 Yen for Men and 2,000 Yen for Women
Event Details:
https://vision-tokyo.com/event/turn-over-15


Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween from home? Check our Tokyo Halloween Events article featuring loads of freaky events!

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