A 7-year-old “Jeopardy!” fan has already received the best treat this Halloween season: a special message from Alex Trebek

A video that began circulating last week shows Evan Jenkins in costume as the beloved “Jeopardy!” host — complete with a gray wig, suit, “Jeopardy!” podium and a Halloween-themed “Jeopardy!” gameboard.

“Meet our amazing 7 year old son Evan Jenkins with multiple disabilities from Hopewell, VA dressed up as his favorite game show host Alex Trebek for Halloween. Evan tunes in every night & weekends. We hope this reaches Mr. Trebek & makes him smile,” a caption for the video reads.

Evan has watched the quiz show regularly since he was a baby. He is currently nonverbal, but he lights up whenever “Jeopardy!” comes on, according to 8 News Now.

“He claps and smiles as soon as the theme song comes on,” Evan’s mother, Erika Jenkins, told 8 News Now.

“As soon as Alex starts talking, Evan smiles, and I think that’s something special,” added Evan’s father, Jarred Jenkins. 

Evan’s parents shared the costume online with the hopes that Trebek would eventually see it, but also as a way to better include children with disabilities. 

“We want the world to see the joy that we see,” Jarred Jenkins told  8 News Now. “Not only for Evan but for all people with disabilities. They need to be included in our society.”

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On Oct. 28, “Jeopardy!” tweeted out a special message from Trebek: “Evan, seeing you in your costume made my day. Thank you for making me smile, and I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!” 

On Oct. 30, Jarred Jenkins tweeted that his family has since received a care package from Trebek and the “Jeopardy!” team.

Last year, Trebek was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Some days, he struggles to make it to a production meeting, or in-between taping episodes he’ll be in a lot of pain, the Deseret News previously reported. But the minute he steps onto the set, he feels like himself.

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“We just want to say, thank you, Alex, for what you do, ” said Jarred Jenkins, according to 8 News Now. “You have touched our family’s lives. You bring our boy hope, you bring him a smile, and we appreciate that. Alex, we love you.”

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