JAO Hosts Children’s Halloween Party

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Winners of the costume contest.

Winners of the costume contest.

The Japanese American Optimist Club (JAO) held its annual Children’s Halloween Party at L.A. Elementary School in Koreatown on Oct. 25.

Led by co-chairs Kari Tani and Ryan Taketomo, JAO members and their friends created a party for 100 invited elementary school children from L.A. and Hobart elementary schools.

The children started the morning off by hearing a Halloween safety talk by LAPD Officer John Cho, who spoke about going trick-or-treating with an adult, avoiding houses without a light on, and making sure they can walk and see safely in their Halloween costumes.

Elementary kids receive a Halloween safety talk from Officer John Cho.

Elementary kids receive a Halloween safety talk from Officer John Cho.

The children enjoyed lunch and rotated through activities, including a haunted house, ring toss, improv exercises, face-painting, and arts and crafts. The costumed children then participated in a costume walk led by JAO member Billy Wing.

JAO President Joyce Nakashima, JAO President-Elect Eileen Yoshimura, and JAO member Will McElroy served as judges for the costume contest. Four children were selected to receive a special prize. All the children were provided with a goody bag filled with candy, Halloween-themed toys and pencils, and a donated “Angry Birds” plush toy.

Photos by Jeff Tani

JAO member Billy Wing as Charlie Brown and elementary kids in a costume contest walk.

JAO member Billy Wing as Charlie Brown and elementary kids in a costume contest walk.

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