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Shibuya’s famous Halloween parade is going virtual this year

Dubbed the Au 5G Halloween Fes, Shibuya’s online Halloween celebration is now open to everyone in the world

Kaila Imada

[Update, October 28] Due to technical issues, the virtual opening ceremony and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's concert, originally scheduled for October 26, did not take place. The opening ceremony is now rescheduled for Wednesday October 28 at 8pm while the concert is still to be confirmed. For the latest announcements, check Shibuya 5G's official Twitter account.


[October 15] The upcoming Halloween and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shibuya have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 coronavirus, but don’t throw out your costume just yet – Shibuya’s spooky spectacle is going online instead. Best of all, it’s open to anyone, anywhere, so you don’t even have to be in Tokyo to get in on the fun. 

Halloween in Shibuya is known for its jovial festive mood (though it did get a little rowdier in the past few years) on the evening of October 31, when hordes of costume-clad revellers flock to the area around the Scramble Crossing. Previous years have seen arrests and even vandalism, which led to a ban on public drinking in the area last year in order to reduce the amount of damage caused by Halloween partygoers. 

For a safer, more socially distanced Halloween in 2020, Shibuya’s Halloween extravaganza is moving online. Dubbed the Au 5G Halloween Fes, the Halloween party will take place from October 26 to 31 and will feature live music performances from J-pop sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Oct 26), idol group Bish (Oct 29), Nulbarich (Oct 31) and Rinne (Oct 31). There will also be virtual talks and additional events which have yet to be announced. 

The online festival will be held on Japanese social media platform Cluster, which has run other anime and video game-inspired online events, including the popular Pokémon Virtual Fest

Event updates will be posted on Shibuya 5G’s official Twitter account, and additional English information can be found on the festival website.

For more Halloween events in Tokyo, both online and IRL, see this feature.

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