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Roaming the byways of Little Tokyo on any bright morning — perhaps stopping for some ramen or some tea along the way — can be an outing that is pure ebullience, one that is all about connecting with the cultural gem and the people who make the neighborhood so notable.
Nighttime has a different and dazzling vibe, and there is one evening of the year that feels especially ethereal thanks to a big and rollicking celebration, one that finds an assortment of incredible costumes.
It’s the 7th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party, which has a way of playfully popping up on the Saturday ahead of Halloween (indeed, if Halloween is not on a Saturday). That date in 2023 is Oct. 28, and dressy revelers shall gather in the vibrant district, all to enjoy food, tunes, and all of the Halloween-themed joys.
The festivity is billed as “the biggest Halloween block party and costume contest in Downtown Los Angeles” which is a major sign that you’ll want to book your spot ahead of time. Attending is free, but an RSVP is required.
Oh yes: And you should be age 21 or older to join the effervescent and eerie affair.
But you say you have tots in tow? There is a Little Tokyo lark made for families earlier in the day: It’s a scavenger hunt and “outdoor trick-or-treating event,” one that gives visitors a great way to get acquainted with the neighborhood’s terrific businesses.
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Where to pick up a map for the Oct. 28 to-do? Head for Terasaki Budokan. Wearing costumes? For sure, that is part of the sweet scene.
Craving more information on Little Tokyo’s love of the October-ish events, ghostly doings, and community-cool gatherings? Float by Haunted Little Tokyo for more.