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jookie’s 6th Annual Halloween Costume Contest and Fundraiser | chicago childrens photographer

It’s my favorite time of year and in part because of Halloween, the absolute most bestest holiday for kids.  Since we opened in the fall of 2006, we’ve been hosting this fun event and in 2007 we turned it into a kids-helping-kids fundraiser.  (See last year’s winners here.) Every year we pick a wonderful and very worthy children’s cause to raise money for, ranging from the local play lot at Welles Park to the incredible Saving tiny Hearts Society.  This year’s charity chose us: children’s leukemia research at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Last year my nieces and nephew lost their 4 year old cousin Peyton due to complications that arose after her fight with leukemia (diagnosed as just a baby). She was a sweetheart through and through, always full of spunk.  And the most adorable Tinkerbell ever.

This past spring I received news from a mom here in Lincoln Square that her little guy Johnny had just gotten a stem cell transplant at Children’s and things were looking very bright. He was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in September 2009 and attended our Halloween Costume Contest last year in the most adorable, old-school golfer costume.  He was laughing the whole time at my “tickle horse” and being a regular wiggly toddler – I’d have never guessed that he was battling such a serious illness.  Iron Man would have been a very apropos costume to match his giant energy and spirit and strength.  Sadly, just a month ago, Johnny passed away also.  Together he and Peyton inspire this year’s fundraiser.

And because of them we are making it BIGGER and BETTER than ever. We’ll have awesome prize baskets for each winner (more info to come in the next two weeks!!), and we’ll be able to accept entries online as well.

Please join us this Halloween to honor Johnny and Peyton. Help us raise money to find a cure so that families such as the Cranes and Lawnickis don’t have to lose any more innocent children to this horrible illness.


Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 1 pm here at jookie. This event is part of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Happenings.  $30 cash donation per costumed child.  First Come, First Served. A prize basket for each winner in the following categories: Cutest (baby and big kid categories this year), Most Original and Scariest.

This year a second photographer will be on hand! Children will be photographed individually in their costumes. (A costume is required to participate.) Each child’s best image will be submitted via an online gallery to a group of judges. Each child will receive a complimentary 5×7 portrait from jookie of that image (a$59 value).

Can’t attend in person?

Email your OWN photo of your child in costume (one child per photo) to in conjunction with a $15 donation through our Children’s Memorial site: Photograph needs to be taken in the month of October 2011.  You may also upload to our facebook page at Donations will be accepted through the site from now until the event.  ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of all donations will benefit the children’s leukemia research program at Children’s Memorial.

Please consider making a donation regardless of participating in the costume contest. Our goal this year is $3000. Any size contribution helps and is appreciated to help us reach that!



  • carolyn cristofani
    October 5th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hi jookie jill!
    Kimberly forwarded this to me. You might remember photo shoot with my kids cleo, Justice and JAmes. What a great idea this fundraiser is! I will share it to a few more people, and we will try to make it over to you that morning. congrats and good luck making your goal.

    Carolyn Cristofani

  • Thanks for putting this event together! My son was treated at CMH, and I am so grateful for the staff who helped him recover.

    Just added a post to my blog about this event – I hope it is successful for you!

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