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Halloween in Shibuya 2018

October 31, 2018 finally came – Halloween in Shibuya!  As always I went to the “prequel” (on the 30th) too, but this year the main event was crazier than usual, in my opinion!   I really thought there were more people there than in any other year I attended the event. It still is one of the biggest street parties in the year.

The Mask in front of Shibuya 109

Pumpkins abound!

As always it was very fun, with some people were looking sexy and cute, some looking rather weird and bizarre through to those who looked downright scary!  Of course, there was everyone else in between. So many had obviously put a lot of time and effort into their costumes.

The Joker?

For my pick of best outfit I saw one guy who had a model of a Frankenstein-type monster strapped to his back with its arms appearing to crush his head.  He then had a microphone to amplified his groans as the monster was “torturing” him. It was one of the most amazing outfits I’d ever seen. How many hours did he put into making it?  I don’t know, but it was probably a lot.

And as with every year, it was friendly.  A few people did refuse requests for photos, which is very unusual, but overall the feeling on streets during Halloween was overwhelmingly friendly.  And I even had some people, whose photos I took, ask me to send them copies which was really nice.

A sea of people in front of Shibuya Station trying to get over the famous crossing

The amazing Spiderman in Shibuya

To be honest, I could change anything about it, it would be the crowd control.  The streets were so crowded. The number of people around the areas of the station, Hachiko, Shibuya Crossing and Center Gai was incredible and, I thought, it seemed a little dangerous.  I tried to make my way through the human sea, but feet were getting stood on, some people were in real danger of falling over and/or crushed. I thought the plan that was put in place to control the flow of people, wasn’t the best.  That is the only thing I would change.

These girls looked like they were dying to get married

But whatever is said about Halloween in Shibuya, I think it is safe to say it is definitely fun, and is still one of the world’s most incredible street parties.  I can’t wait to see what next year’s event brings!

Kylo Ren from Star Wars