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Halloween comes earlier to Japan each year. Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku already has its 7th floor full of Halloween goods, while Tokyo Disneyland begins its Halloween festivities this weekend.

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Halloween, yet another commercialized and dumb down festivity

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Seven weeks early this year. I suppose Christmas decorations will appear in October. Why don't they just leave the decorations and goods on display all year round?

By the way, is Halloween really celebrated in Japan? I don't think I have ever seen any children trick or treating, not even American kids. Maybe they do it at the U.S. Embassy compound. Apart from a few big Halloween parties, like Metropolis' Glitterball, I am not aware of any major event that Japanese can participate in.

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I am not aware of any major event that Japanese can participate in.

Just the most important one of all. Commerce.

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You're a cheerless rooster rjd. I suppose you wear fingerless gloves and ban laughter near the house? Halloween is fun get with the spirit. Kids parades are everywhere in this Japanese city.

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Yep, Disneyland has started with all their Halloween crap too. I'm glad to be an Aussie cos there is no Halloween in Australia. October 31st is spring!

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I dig that The Last Supper is hanging in there - does that mean I can snag a Jesus costume at Tokyu Hands?

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Halloween smacks of satanism and orgies - is it just me?

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Ask the average Japanese person what Halloween is and they have no idea! Yet, they'll still get dressed up in stupid clothing and attend street parades. The parade in Kawasaki is a classic example. It has nothing to do with the tradition if Halloween. It's just an excuse for all the 'wanna-be' gothics to use their black make up.

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that's nothin'. here in the states at Target, they already have a wall of Xmas decorations for sale! and oddly enough, domokun is the target halloween mascot! see for yourself.... http://www.target.com/b/ref=sc_iw_l_1/601-3337672-8680908?node=15676801

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the merchandise display is poor, it looks like a 100en shop. and whats with the last supper on the background

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The parade in Kawasaki is a classic example. It has nothing to do with the tradition if Halloween.

You mean killing livestock for winter stores and throwing the bones on a bonfire, and wearing masks to escape the evil spirits that wander the earth on the night before All Saints?

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smartacus, you see the American kids on any of the bases with housing doing the Trick or Treating thing. Also, many invite their Japanese friends on the base to bring their kids. So on Halloween, the base in Yokosuka is tied up with women and their kids being escorted on the base for trick or treating.

Sure, with just about any holiday it has been over commercialized, but I sure do miss the fun leading up to Halloween when I was a kid discussing wth friends what we would dress up as, and then making our rounds trick or treating. To be fair, I have seen a decrease in Halloween activitiy in the states too.

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halloween is a state of mind and it can come early!!!! yes, alphaape - i too miss all the fun i had long ago discussing and making costumes.

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Halloween has become too commercialized. However, the next best thing to Halloween is the after Halloween sales where skulls are 50 to 75 percent off. One can NEVER have enough skulls lying around the house.

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the merchandise display is poor, it looks like a 100en shop. and whats with the last supper on the background

true, i thought it was an ad of recycled articles.

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Boo!

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Some14: although I haven't checked lately, I believe Kiddyland's decoration is better than this...

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My local 100 yen shop already has a bunch of neat Halloween stuff.

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Sure, with just about any holiday it has been over commercialized, but I sure do miss the fun leading up to Halloween when I was a kid discussing wth friends what we would dress up as, and then making our rounds trick or treating. To be fair, I have seen a decrease in Halloween activitiy in the states too.

I gotta agree with you. Halloween has become more and more commercialized, and it has become less of an event that's followed in the States. I suppose part of it has to do with how expensive it has become, part with the apathy towards the tradition, and part with safety. I still remember having fun going with my friends in our neighborhood with our costumes and getting loads of candy, but at the same time always being reminded of not eating anything until our mothers checked them out, and having to wear some reflected tape on our costumes so as to avoid being hit by cars (according to the CDC, kids are hit by cars up to four times more on Halloween than at any point throughout the year). It was great fun, but sadly, I see less and less houses leaving their lights on outside (signaling that they have some sweets to offer).

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I'll bet not too many people know that Halloween is actually short for eve of All Hallows Day, or All Saints Day, which is a feast! That's why candy is given out and eaten on Halloween. Maybe.

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!!! ;)

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Lets not forget Halloween is the time to break out "its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and Simpsons "Treehouse of Terror" 1-19? and so many more...plus classic scary movies...The Howling, Amityville Horror, Halloween, Salems Lot etc. etc. and finally, what better reason to have some friends over for a classic Halloween party and get drunk.

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And let's not forget Halloween is the time to break out the ol' George W. Bush mask and scare everybody! Ha ha ha!

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When I was a kid I had so much fun on Halloween. My favorite treats were homemade. People would make popcorn balls and caramel apples. I also like to just get an apple from some houses. I remember when that changed and it was no longer considered safe to accept homemade treats. The caramel apple were very rare but I did get a lot of popcorn balls in my day and they were big too. When I was a very little boy we wore our costumes to school and paraded around but I think that was just in 1st grade. It used to be that we had to wait until it was dark or very close to being dark and we would go until 10 pm. I remember even banging on doors a little later than 10 pm when I was an early teen. I recall nobody was with their parents. Little kids would go with brothers or sisters or someone else's kids. I suppose a little kid rarely went with parents but I don't even remember seeing it. Just droves of kids. Candy bars which incidentally cost 5 cents were big candy bars. I remember a time before they ever made the smaller bars. People would buy a bag of candy bars and they were full size for Halloween. The worse thing you could get was when they would throw 2 or 3 cents in your bag because they ran out. I did pull my share of tricks when I was a little older which I am not so proud of now. Toilet Paper trees, soap windows and smash pumpkins were all things I did at some point in my life. The evil kids would egg houses. We would also scare little kids but we would comfort them later. We lived by a code back in those days. You were really only suppose to trick the people who never gave out candy and not those who ran out. If someone ran out and you got candy from them earlier you would tell others not to do anything. If I heard a house gave out candy but ran out by the time I got there I stuck by the code. We made up stories about how we saw a kid eat an apple with a razor blade in it and it split his tongue down the middle. Glass and needles in candy were also the subject of tales we told. We were awful. It was safe back then; no adults around; just a kids wonderland. I did just remember some little bitty kids would trick or treat before it got dark with parents (only for like a half an hour or so) but as soon as it began to get dark we took over the streets. There were rarely even cars in the early years because the streets were filled with kids and it was like you were endangering the kids if you drove in the neighborhood during those hours. When I was stationed in Germany the kids went around and collected candy around Christmas and it brought back fond memories. I remember the German kids would offer me some of their candy (and cookies). At Halloween time I was a greedy kid; that candy was all mine. We would separate the candy we didn't like and trade it with candy other kids didn't like. I have memories to last a lifetime and Halloween was a very important day when I was I kid. I can really enjoy seeing the little kids parade around the neighborhood now.

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I'm older than most posters out here and I have a lot of the same rememberances as goodDonkey posted above.

I still look forward to buying a few bags of candy and seeing little children with big eyes all dressed up in their assorted costumes.

If it's nice and warm, there are always a few good looking mothers walking their children around, also. That's another treat. < :-)

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