• Beggar’s Night Tradition in Des Moines, Iowa

    Posted on October 26, 2009 by in FAQ

    It’s not until you move away from Iowa that you realize what we have here is special….

    Beggar’s Night is coming…and for those of you not in Des Moines, Beggar’s Night is the night that the kids take to the streets and go trick or treating. Though the 31st is Halloween, each town in the Des Moines area picks what night will be “Beggar’s Night”. 

    Around the country kids are saying “Trick or Treat!” and claiming their candy prize, but we do things a bit differently here.  We do things right….

    New to Des Moines? Be prepared:candy

    1) Kids in costume ring the doorbell

    2) Homeowner answers…

    3) Kids say “trick or treat!”

    4) Kids then tell their BEST joke, usually something simple, and then wait to see if the homeowner is amused.

    5) If the homeowner likes the joke, then…

    6) The kids earn their candy!


    Have a Joke to Share?

    I can only think of one right now…if you know a good one, leave a comment with your joke!

    Why did the boy bring the string to the game?  

    To tie the score



    Des Moines Area Beggar’s Night Times

    Clive: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    Des Moines 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    Grimes: 6-8 p.m. — October 31

     Granger: 6-8 p.m. — October 31

    Johnston: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    Urbandale: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    Waukee: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    West Des Moines: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    Windsor Heights: 6-8 p.m. — October 30

    For more areas around Des Moines, check here

    Have more questions? There are definitely more answers. Feel free to connect with me via Facebook, Twitter, Text, Email, or by cell. I’m happy to help.

    Thanks to kcci.com for the Beggar’s Night Times

    Photo Credit: ctk 

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