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17 Awesome Things to Do for Halloween 2016

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17 Awesome Things to Do for Halloween 2016

Whether you're heading out to join the zombies on Shibuya’s crazy streets, or celebrating the occasion with a spot of tea and pumpkin pudding, we’ve got a top lineup of things to do for Halloween! Movies, concerts, Skytree sightseeing, clubbing with vamps, Disney fun, parades and pastries—get ready for the next two weeks of Halloween overload!

1. Flash!!! Halloween Special

Superstar producer/composer and resident Flash!!! DJ Yasutaka Nakata will be heading up a killer line-up for an early Halloween Friday night! Since this monthly club night only started back in July this will be their first Halloween special, so make sure to make an effort with your costume, get ready to have your picture snapped by the official photographers and keep dancing all night long!

When: October 21
Where: Womb
How much: Door ¥3,500, member ¥3,500, fancy dress discount ¥2,500

2. Tim Burton & Danny Elfman Halloween Concert

The world-renowned musical and visual collaboration—Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton—will make a stop in Tokyo for two Halloween concerts. Fans of Burton’s creations are sure to be delighted as their favorite strange, dark worlds and beloved misfit characters are brought to life through Elfman’s enchanting musical scores. The program will include music from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, The Corpse Bride and many more!

We don’t think there could be a more perfect way to get you feeling in the spirit of Halloween season. And dressing up as your favorite Burton character is actively encouraged, so check out the cosplay competition on the website to get some inspiration!

When: October 22-23
Where: Tokyo International Forum
How much: ¥5,800-¥9,800

3. Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo 2016

Nothing sets the mood for Halloween better than a good horror. At this year’s Scream Film Fest you can choose from two full-length and multiple short movies. All, of course, are horror themed, but also directed by women. This year’s feature films are The Love Witch and Midnight Show.

When: October 22-28
Where: Uplink
How much: ¥1,800

4. Odaiba Decks Happy Halloween

If you enjoy the brisk autumn air, consider a walk over the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba Decks, which will be illuminated in an array of Halloween colors. In the “Illusion Dome,” you can bring dancing ghosts and witches to life with a touch of your hand.

When: October 22-31
Where: Odaiba Decks
Price: ¥1,000

5. Veuve Clicquot 'Yelloween Night'

MHD Moët Hennessy Diageo hosts this Halloween event at Madame Clicquot’s “mysterious mansion” in Roppongi. On October 28 and 29, the “Yelloween Lounge” presents DJ acts and dance performances, and guests can sip on Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne (¥1,500 per glass, ¥15,000 per bottle). If you feel peckish, meals are available at the bar at an additional cost.

When: October 28-29
Where: 7-15 Roppongi
How much: advance ¥3,000 (with one drink), regular ¥4,000 (with one drink)

6. Vamps Halloween Live 2016

A staple of visual rock fans’ holiday calendar is the annual “Rock & Horror" Halloween party hosted by J-rock band Vamps—a rock and pop live music party where Halloween costumes are definitely expected. This year’s star-studded lineup looks more impressive than ever, featuring a gathering of Vamps’ closest friends and associates like Breakerz, Kishidan and Golden Bomber, in addition to popular idol groups Dempa Gumi Inc. and Momoiro Clover Z.

The shows also feature performances by the infamous supergroup Halloween Junky Orchestra, comprised of a mixture of each day’s lineup and a selection of visual veterans including members of Sid, Mucc, Siam Shade and Dir En Grey. Be sure to get there early as the party also includes a fancy dress fashion show, photo corner and on-site body painting in the afternoon—everything you need to get you looking suitably devilish. Check the website for each day’s full lineup.

When: October 28-30
Where: Makuhari Messe
How much: ¥9,300