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Someone 2 Know: Harvest Jack

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"As leaves began to fall, and Halloween is here," reads Jed Lean to his two kids at their Southwest Reno home. Jed is reading the story of Harvest Jack, and it's a story that he and his friends conceived.

"And I go, 'You know it would be really cool if we created a Halloween version of 'Elf on the Shelf,'" Jed told me. " And Travis goes, 'Yeah. There's nothing like that.'" 

Jed and his friend Travis Jensen work at the University of Nevada, Reno.
 
"We just do I.T. stuff," said Jed. 

"We run the phone system," added Travis, the Co-Creator and Author of Harvest Jack. 

When they're not fixing phones, they're fixing Halloween. You see, Jed has two kids. Travis has four of his own and Halloween was becoming a little too scary. 

"I think Halloween was so scary, so much horror and gore," said Jed. "We wanted to soften it, especially having two kids."

"This is more fun," said Travis. "More whimsical."

Here is how it works:  
 
"Harvest Jack comes at nighttime, or the other Harvest Heroes and leaves tricks or treats for the kids," explained Jed. 

Some examples of tricks include Harvest Jack putting spider webs outside a kid's door, dying the milk (or maybe a toilet bowl) orange.  

Harvest Jack leaves treats too. 
  
"We've gotten stickers and pencils, one day," said Adysen Lean, Jed's nine-year-old daughter. 
 
"Scarecrow cups, cookies, and pumpkins," added Beckett, her five-year-old brother. 

The guys came up with the idea last September. By this September, it was already inside stores like Sippees in Midtown Reno.  

"It's been amazing to see the response, you know?," said Jed.     

Online orders have come in from as far away as Ohio and Indiana. 
 
"In fact, we've had somebody from Australia buy one and is taking it overseas," said Travis.
 
Both Jed and Travis say the experience has been great. Now, 'trick-or-treat' has a new meaning for both of them.

"To build this, to create the magic behind their (their children) back without them knowing what it really is? That's the trick for us," said Travis.  "And the treat is to watch them smile."

For more information about Harvest Jack, or to purchase a doll and book set, here is a link. 
 

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