Halloween is just around the corner and even though many costumed celebrations have gone online-only due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, there are still plenty of places to enjoy the spooky season in person. Thomas Land, located inside the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, is celebrating Halloween IRL until Sunday November 1 and both children and adults are encouraged to come in costume.
Upon entering the family-friendly outdoor park, you’ll be greeted by a big statue of Thomas the Tank Engine wearing a witch’s hat, surrounded by a couple of pumpkins and lots of orange and black decor. Aside from the various fun rides, including one that looks like a wall-mounted, train-inspired Ferris Wheel, Thomas Land regularly holds a popular dance event every weekend. For this special occasion, the latter has been converted for Halloween with new music and dance moves. There’s even a YouTube video showing the new choreography so kids can practice it at home first.
Even the on-site cafe is playing into the Halloween theme. For lunch, grab a jack-o’-lantern shaped omurice – that’s fried rice wrapped in a Japanese omelette – for ¥1,200, or an adorable ghost pancake for ¥700.
Children in costume can pick up a special Halloween arts and crafts kit at the Station Shop; in it they'll find a Thomas the Tank Engine colouring sheet, a game and a cut-out party decoration set that will keep them busy even after you’ve left the park.
If you prefer to take a ride in an actual Thomas the Tank Engine train through the countryside, good news! The Day Out With Thomas train tour has extended its run until end-December and it's looking Christmassy.
Before you head out, read our guide on going out safely in Japan.