Haunted Little Tokyo’s 2019 Halloween celebration wrapped up with costumed trick-or-treating, a Halloween block party, and a late-night-into-the morning after-party on Saturday. East Second Street between San Pedro Street and Central Avenue was blocked off to vehicular traffic, creating a safe space for throngs of costumed revelers to browse vendor booths, enter popup beer gardens, compete in the costume contest, or just simply be seen.
There is more than one costumed Halloween street fair in Los Angeles (similar events will take place Halloween Night on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood), but the Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party has its own unique flavor. Mixed in with familiar Western icons (werewolves, skeletons, ghostbusters) were characters drawn from Japanese culture: anime superheroes, the witch from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and San, the feral warrior from Princess Mononoke.
Haunted Little Tokyo has another advantage over other Halloween carnivals: local businesses in Japan Plaza sell cosplay costumes and merchandise related to anime and kaiju eiga, so even without the overlay of Halloween decorations, there are store windows filled with monstrous action figures and collectibles, including the three Big Gs: Godzilla, Gamera, and Gargantuas.
There are no more events scheduled for this year’s Haunted Little Tokyo, but seasonal decorations will remain up for the rest of the week, so if you’re in the area on Halloween Night, you can soak up the seasonal atmosphere along with a drink at the Mermaid Bar or the Wolf and Crane.
Haunted Little Tokyo Halloween Block Party Photogallery
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