Halloween has come a long way from its origins in ancient Celtic harvest festivals. These days it's more about looking as OTT as possible, a custom that was popularised in the US in the early 1900s. In Japan, too, there is none of the doom and gloom of the holiday's historical association with death, which may have something to do with the fact that the local celebration first made waves at Tokyo Disneyland.
Although major celebrations this year including Shibuya's Halloween extravaganza and Tokyo Disney Resort's Halloween special have been cancelled to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, there's still fun to be had on Saturday October 31 as well as the days leading up to it. So don't let your costumes go to waste: you can still dress up to go to Tokyo's Halloween-themed afternoon teas, party with larger-than-life pumpkins, or cosy up at home with spooky online concerts and other virtual Halloween events.
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