Kick off spooky festivities early at Misawa’s Halloween Festa on Oct. 19

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Halloween is right around the corner, but for those of us who can’t wait, Misawa Town will be hosting an early spooky event to get the festivities started.

Head to the town center shopping street on Oct. 19 for the annual Halloween Festa. The shops in the main arcade will be decorated with jack-o’-lanterns and various Halloween decorations, while children in costumes enjoy trick-or-treating there.

The shopping street will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day so you can enjoy strolling in a safe, cheerful Halloween atmosphere.

Trick-or-treating starts at 3 p.m. and a stamp card for a treasure hunt is distributed at 11 a.m. If your child finds all eight of the Halloween characters and get their cards stamped, they can win a prize.

Stop by the Ginza Ikoinoie community center for a Halloween drawing corner and Halloween animation movies throughout the event. There will also be a costume parade and contest all are welcome to join from 12:30. Enter for a chance to win a gift card for the best costume.

Prior to the event day, shops on the arcade will begin to decorate and Halloween illuminations will begin on Oct. 16. During the period, shoppers who make a 3,000-yen purchase will receive a raffle ticket for gift cards of 500 - 10,000 yen.

This is a great way to kick off Halloween in the local community and get some early trick-or-treating in. So get your costumes ready for Oct. 19 and head on over to Misawa Town.

Halloween Festa in Misawa 2019
When: Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Arcade Shopping Street (traffic closed)
Info: 0176-53-2175.

Halloween Parade
Hours: Oct. 19, 12:30 – 1 p.m. (entry time: between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Location: From Omachi Orange Square to America Square
Judging: 1 – 2:30 p.m. at America Square
Award Ceremony: 2:40 p.m. at America Square
Admission: Free

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