Costumes, jack o’ lanterns and trick-or-treat – it’s Halloween! In Japan, Halloween is usually a paradise for cosplayers (costume players). Usually held every October 31st in celebration of a good autumn harvest in America, children and adults alike also enjoy dressing up in costumes. They also carve pumpkins for decoration, and children go around the neighborhood dressed as witches or ghosts for trick-or-treat.
When October rolls around in Fukuoka, Halloween spirit fills the air with shop and window displays decorated in black and orange. With it comes the Halloween parties and we’ve compiled a list of Halloween events. This year, there are events not only on October 31 but on before and after too. Why not dress up and go twice or thrice?
Oct. 21, Sat.
Halloween Kids Parade
More info: http://www.izumi.jp/hakata/event-campaign/blog/2017/10/1021-line.html
Oct. 26, Thu.
International Halloween Party
Located at the heart of Daimyo, British pub and sports bar The Sun Empire holds international parties every Thursday. On the last Thursday of October, they will kick it up a notch with an International Halloween Party! Enjoy ¥200 off on beers and cocktails. Come in costume and get a free “Halloween shot”, and join their costume contest too. Best dressed winners receive five drinks as prize!
• 10/26 (Thu.)
• Free entry
• The Sun Empire
• 1-11-22 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Oct. 27, Fri.
FUK No.1 International Halloween Night
More info: http://bit.ly/InternationalHalloweenNight
Oct. 28, Sat.
The FIFO Haunted House International Halloween Party and Costume Contest
This year, the FIFO Haunted House is back by popular demand as part of its International Halloween Party and Costume Contest. When FIFO did it last in 2015, over 500 guests came to experience the spooky fun, and this time the creature effects and illumination will be bigger and greater in number. It’s a Halloween tradition in an atmosphere designed to deliver a night of unique enjoyment. FIFO’s resident DJs Jeff Vader and DJ Kimi will be on-hand, sculpting soundscapes to prime the party vibe and build it to a climactic finish. The party will include FIFO’s always-popular Halloween Costume Contest, with guests encouraged to come dressed-up but also welcome to come as they are. The contest winner will receive a year-long free VIP pass for free admission to parties at any of FIFO’s locations in Japan.
• 10/28 (Sat.)
• 19:00 ~22:00
• Adv. ¥2,500, Door ¥3,000 (incl. 2 drinks)
• Darts Cafe Tito Plus
• 7F West Side Tenjin, 2-8-22 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Grand Mirage Halloween Party
Newly-opened night club Grand Mirage joins the Halloween festivities with their Halloween Party. Enjoy the clubs music, beer, and cocktail arenas with music by the beautiful Korean DJ, DJ Soda and performance by muscle dance group All Out. More dancers and special guests will be there, too. It’s nonstop Halloween fun – costumes, drinks, music and more – here at Grand Mirage!
• 10/28 (Sat.)
• 18:00 ~ midnight
• Men ¥2,500 (incl. 3 drinks), Women ¥1,500 (incl. 2 drinks)
• Grand Mirage
• 1-17-16 Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 092-791-1903 (reservations recommended for VIP seats)
INTERNATIONAL HALLOWEEN PARTY 2017 at Sancho Panza Cafe Restaurante
More info: http://whatz.jp/halloween-party-2017/
More info: http://www.tiempo.jp/evento/box/ev_171028_en.shtml
International Bar Dare to Scare Party
More info: http://www.internationalbar.jp/
Oct. 29, Sun.
Hakata Halloween Costume Parade and Contest 2017
Get in the Halloween spirit watching hundreds of participants wearing creepy and creative costumes in the 9th annual parade from Hakata Riverain to Canal City. This is one of the biggest Halloween parades in Kyushu with 500 in attendance. All participants are awarded a small souvenir gift, and best dressers are awarded big prizes after the parade – first prize is ¥150,000! Want to join the parade and costume contest? Registration began from 9/22 (Fri.) 10:00 on the official website, open to the first 500 registrants, and is now closed.
• 10/29 (Sun.)
• Parade starts: 14:00, contest on stage: 16:00
• Hakata Riverain, Kawabata Shotengai, Canal City Hakata
SUiTO FUKUOKA Halloween Party
More Info: http://bit.ly/2z4vVIQ
Oct. 31, Tue.
Hard Rock Cafe Halloween Costume Party
If it’s an American Halloween party you’re looking for in Fukuoka, it’s got to be in Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka! Now on its 18th year, their party is definitely the place to be for cosplay lovers. Sit back and enjoy the sight of the many costumes abound, or join in on the fun with your own costume. Be sure to step up your makeup game – lots of partygoers come in amazing costumes! Entertainment for both children and adults (pole dancing performance and balloon show) will be there. Of course, you can also come and just enjoy the good ol’ Hard Rock Cafe menu, too.
• 10/31 (Tue.)
• Free entry (one drink order required)
• Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka
• 2F JRJP Hakata bldg, Hakata station, Fukuoka
NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was updated in Oct. 2017.