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GetHiroshima Family Halloween Picnic

October 28, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Please join us on Sunday, October 28th in Shin-Ushita-koen Park next to Higashi-ku Sports Center (Big Wave) to enjoy potluck lunch, Halloween games and costumed fun. Check out the Photos of the 2011 GetHiroshima Family Halloween party or Photos of the 2009 & 2010 Family Halloween parties to see all the fun from previous year’s events.

We will be setting up the potluck, mats and tents from around 11am and start digging into the potluck buffet from 12noon. Please bring a tent for shade if you have it, folding tables and a picnic mat if you can.

Also, if possible, please bring your own plates, cups and cutlery to use.

  •  Potluck (12noon~)
    For the potluck, bring a dish or two to share- savory or sweet, whatever you like- we have had some cute and scary Halloween themed dishes in the past- always lots of fun!
  • 1pm~ Games and Costume fun
    We are planning to get started with some fun games and costumed fun activities from 1pm- look for the activities list print out near the GetHiroshima table.
  • We will start packing up around 4pm.


The Big Wave park has easy access, it is next to the Astram (monorail) “Ushita Big Wave” station, there is also a reasonably priced parking lot available for use (overflow lot up the hill behind the sports center for 1,000 yen per day).
** We will set up tents and mats in the shady zone between the tennis courts and the stairs/open field.


If you would like to help out in any way- for example: running a game, telling Halloween stories, setting up a coloring or arts & crafts area, face-painting, passing out candy, donating prizes or doing anything at the party to help, thank you! & we look forward to hearing from you: [email protected] 


No reservations necessary & feel free to invite any families you think may be interested. If you can bring a dish to share at the potluck as well as a bag of wrapped candies, snacks or sweets that we can add to the mix for the trick-or-treating, that is a great help + makes it a more fun & friendly community event!

Once again this year, we are raising money for the wonderful children’s charity UNICEF, so we are asking for donations of 1,000 yen per child, or 1,500 yen per family.

Please feel free to give as much as you can to help children in need around the world. (Donation box on the GetHiroshima table).

Feeling lucky?

*** We have some great “lucky” prizes to give away again this year (& fun games and activities too) thanks to some great sponsors:

  • FBC- the Foreign Buyers Club : Fabulous company in Kobe – great resource for import items that are hard to find in Japanese supermarkets, you can also use their international delivery service to get things that normally can’t be delivered to Japan from abroad. FBC has great customer service in English and Japanese.
  • Alishan Tengu : A great online store (based in Saitama) delivers all over Japan (fantastic customer service in Japanese or English). Tengu offer wonderful import and domestic products of healthy, organic and vegetarian items virtually impossible to find in Japan.
  • YoYo Market: the super-helpful staff at this great Costco as well as an Ikea home furnishing home delivery (in Japan) service. This year the good YOYO people are going to give a gift certificate for a lucky participant as well as some yummy Halloween candy to use for prizes at this year’s event.
  • Hiroshima International School‘s new principal Mark Exton will be organizing a fun game for the kids as well as donating a prize for the lucky draw. HIS prepares students with a great IB standard English education to get them ready for great universities in Japan and abroad.
  • The kids English learning specialists Chris and Suzana, who run PIIC English school, will also be hosting a kids crafts and reading area at this year’s event. If you have kids who want to learn English, PIIC is a great, friendly little school.
  • The Flying Pig is donating a great Halloween cake for this year’s event. TFP is a great company offering Japanese residents Costco and personal import goodies from the USA.
  • Jim & his family who run the  Overseas Program Management (OPM) will also be on hand to help with some of the games and activities. If you are thinking of studying English abroad or culture in Japan- they can give you some great advice and set you up with a great homestay or study program.

** Sunny, cloudy or light rain will not stop us- please check back on this page for updates.


October 28, 2012
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Shin Ushita Koen Park
1-8 Ushita-shin-machi, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0068 Japan