2013 Beggars’ Night in Central Iowa

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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.


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Tom is the creator of Des Moines Parent. He has two children under the age of 5 and spends his weekends away from work as "Mr. Mom", while his wife goes to work. Some of his favorite things in life include his Faith, family and writing. He tries not to take life too serious and is self described as a "nerd". Tom also claims to have been the original "Bat Dad", but had his thunder stolen away by the recent Youtube Videos.