Top Tokyo Halloween parties to be caught dead at

Top Tokyo Halloween parties to be caught dead at

The perfect places to go bump in the dark ahead of October 31, whatever your poison

The international party: Metropolis Halloween Glitterball 2011

Metropolis GlitterballThe Metropolis Glitterball packs in the ghouls every year without fail.

It's been nine years since English-language free paper Metropolitan kicked off its Halloween parties and while it's no longer in the long-demolished wonder-club Velfarre, it is still located in Tokyo's premiere cross-cultural district of Roppongi.

For 2011, "The Monster Bash" will be held at the swanky Vanity Lounge at the top of the Roi Building, notable for three of its exterior walls being sheet glass with a neat view across the city.

As usual, partygoers in costume can win prizes, the big one being a pair of round-trip tickets to New York City.

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Providing the place isn't totally crammed, they'll also be a performance from Tokyo Dream Girls, billed as dancers, and campaign girls all in one. Whatever that means.

With drinks at just ¥500, expect a young international crowd, (fake) blood, sweat (under furry costumes) and tears from the prize winners.

October 27, 7 p.m., Vanity Lounge, Roi Building 13/F, 5-5-1 Roppongi.

¥2,000 in advance or ¥2,500 on the night, including one drink and a raffle ticket.

The multi-stage party: Fever Halloween

Tokyo HalloweenMega-club Ageha draws Tokyo's wilder ravers by the busload.

The largest Halloween party in the city (well, just about in it) is at Ageha in Shin-Kiba, where Fever Halloween resembles more of a festival than a mere party.

Capable of holding well over 2,000 revelers, the venue will welcome a hip Japanese crowd, virtually all of whom will be committed to an entire night out from the 11 p.m. start until morning, when the first trains start up again.

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Topping the bill at the Arena Stage, aka live house Studio Coast, will be hip-hop DJ Kaori, while on the Island Stage the CyberJapan dancers will be on hand to accompany the electro grooves.

Weather permitting, the best place to be, though, will be the Water Stage, with its outdoor pool. But beware, no jumping in without appropriate swimwear ...

October 28, 11 p.m., Ageha, 2-2-10 Shin-Kiba.

¥3,500 or ¥2,000 if wearing a full costume.

The film-buff party: Tokyo International Film Festival x Le Baron de Paris

Tokyo HalloweenWe're guessing these guys won't get into the Le Baron party. Maybe just that imposing chap on the right ...

Le Baron de Paris' heyday may be behind it, but it is still the choice venue for many a prestigious party or visiting celeb.

No wonder then that Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), running until October 30, will sign off with its Halloween party at the underground venue.

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TIFF will be rolling out its celebrated Green Carpet at the entrance and inviting festival guests and jury members to dress for the occasion.

As is usual for Le Baron, entry appears to be accorded based more on who you are or who you know than any set price, but keep an eye on the website for more information

October 29, 9 p.m., Le Baron de Paris, Aoyama Center Building B1/F, 3-8-40 Minami-Aoyama.

The sky-high party: Beyond 2011 Wonderland

Tokyo HalloweenOne of these items is not like the others.

If you have a liking for tall, shiny things, then this party on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills is the destination for you.

Known as Tokyo City View, the venue is home to Mado Lounge and the Sky Gallery -- somewhat confusingly, they’re all also hosting an event called Beyond 2011 Wonderland, with three rooms offering a party mix, a house mix and a chill-out zone.

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A special performance by Cirque du Soleil is rumored, and "Human Electro Beatboxer" Ryo Fujimoto is also set to perform.

Sign-up is required and arrive early to avoid the notoriously long queues.

October 29, 11 p.m., Tokyo City View, Roppongi Hills 52/F, 6-10-1 Roppongi.

¥4,000 entrance.

The J-Pop party: VAMPS Halloween Party 2011

Tokyo HalloweenKISS were never the same again after "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" was canceled.

If a party alone just isn't enough, and you need a whole evening’s fix of Halloween, then why not join visual rock acts VAMPS and Acid Black Cherry (who look like they'd prefer Halloween to be every day) from 5 p.m. in Kobe?

No event in Japan these days would be complete without some of the members of AKB48 attending too, so step up sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 to provide some light-hearted pop amongst the angst and gloominess.

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Should you really want your costume efforts viewed by the maximum audience, then providing your karaoke skills are up to scratch you can also enter a competition in the hospitality area to win a chance to perform on the main stage. Which sounds truly scary to us ...

October 29, 30, 10 a.m., Kobe World Memorial Hall, Port Island.

¥8,610 in advance, ¥9,110 on the day.

Robert Michael Poole is a specialist on the Japanese music and entertainment scene.

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