2013 Beggars’ Night in Central Iowa


Unlike most other parts of the country, in Iowa we celebrate Beggars’ night on October 30th instead of the 31st.  Here is a list of of times for local communities around Central Iowa.

Altoona: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Ankeny: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Bondurant: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Des Moines: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Des Moines – Historic East Village:  First ever trick-or-treat night for all on October 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Grimes: 6-8 p.m. on October 31

Indianola: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Johnston: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Norwalk: 6-8 p.m. on October 30

Waukee: 6-8p p.m. on October 31

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

West Des Moines — Jordan Creek Town Center: 6-8 p.m. on October 31. Trick-or-treating event, face painting and balloon animals in center court.

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

Click here for more Halloween Activities in Central Iowa.

Trick or Treating Safety Tips:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.