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The Extravaganza Continues!

Hello hello!

We had a fantastic time at our Halloween Extravaganza last night! It was wonderful to see our fellow JETs and their JETlings in costume and enjoy an evening of fun activities.

At our Family Fun Hour we enjoyed making ghost and pumpkin origami crafts. These cute crafts are great for creating garlands or other decorations for the house! If you’d like to try them for yourself, you can find the patterns here.

Candy debates and JET Halloween memories dominated our Adult Happy Hour! We loved hearing everyone’s stories of introducing American candy to Japanese students and coworkers. 

Did you know that the first written record of the phrase “trick-or-treat” was in a Canadian newspaper in 1927? Or that the first citywide Halloween celebration took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921? Our Halloween Trivia game was certainly challenging! Congratulations to Devyn, Jayne, and Gabe for claiming the top three spots!

But the true star of the show was Chicago JET Alum Justin Torres and his amazing pumpkin carving skills! Justin shared with us a very special pumpkin he’d carved just for JETAA Chicago, as well as several of his other creations. If you’d like to follow Justin and his carving escapades, check out his twitch channel!

Which brings us to our next announcement…

JETAA Chicago is hosting an Instagram jack-o-lantern campaign!

From October 25th-31st, post your jack-o-lanterns with the hashtag #JETolantern2020, or send your photos to, and we’ll share your creations on our Instagram stories!

If you’d like to try your hand at the JETAA Chicago logo as Justin has, you can find the pattern here. We’d also love to see your original creations.

We can’t wait to see all of your pumpkins! 

If you’d like to get involved in future JETAA Chicago events, please join us at our November Open Board Meeting on November 2nd!

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