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What we know about Beggars' Night: Des Moines-area cities still have trick-or-treating amid COVID-19


The Register  |  Des Moines Register
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Correction: A previous version of this story said Bondurant would celebrate Beggars' Night on Thursday, Oct. 29 with trick-or-treating. The story has been updated with the correct date, Oct. 30.

Trick-or-treating in 2020 is going to look different than usual — but many towns around Iowa are still going forward with door-to-door Halloween festivities.

In Des Moines, Halloween means Beggars' Night — a local tradition that's celebrated in place of Halloween. Most metro Des Moines towns have decided to hold the annual celebration on its traditional night, Oct. 30. But plans can change given any further guidance from their county health department and the state between now and the end of the month.

That being said, most towns have some form of trick-or-treating plan — you might just not get to tell your Beggars' Night joke to someone at their doorstep as usual. Read the Centers for Disease Control's recommendations on how you can more safely trick or treat, or alternative low-risk activities.

Check out the list of community Beggars' Night dates and times below:

Friday, Oct. 30:

  • Altoona: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Ankeny: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Bondurant: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Carlisle: 6 to 8 p.m. 
  • Clive: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Des Moines: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Granger: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Indianola: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Johnston: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Norwalk: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Pleasant Hill: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Polk City: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Runnells: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Urbandale: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Waukee: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • West Des Moines: 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

  • Adel: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Ames: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Grimes: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Nevada: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Winterset: 5 to 7 p.m.
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A brief history of Beggars' Night
Get to know the origin of Des Moines' pre-Halloween tradition called "Beggars' Night."

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