Trick-or-Treating – Halloween – Beggars’ Nights in Des Moines

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Central Iowa communities trick or treat on several different nights, based on location. Here’s a comprehensive list of trick-or-treating aka beggars’ night aka Halloween, by date, by the area for 2022! Make sure your jokes are ready and your bags are ready to be filled! 

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Have you ever wondered why so many communities around Des Moines do trick or treating on October 30 or Beggars Night? The tradition started in the 1940s as a way to curb violence and it stuck! Kids are also usually expected to share a joke or before getting a treat. 

Saturday, October 29

Bondurant: Saturday, October 29; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Dallas Center: Saturday, October 29; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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Sunday, October 30

Adel: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Altoona: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Ankeny: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Carlisle: Sunday, October 30; 6p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Clive: Sunday, October 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Des Moines: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

De Soto: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Granger: Sunday, October 30; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Indianola: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Johnston: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Norwalk: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Pleasant Hill: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Polk City: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Urbandale: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Van Meter: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Waukee: Sunday, October 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West Des Moines: Sunday, October 30; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, October 31

Ames: Monday, October 31; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Grimes: Monday, October 31; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Newton: Monday, October 31; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Winterset: Monday, October 31; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Make sure you check out what night your Des Moines community is trick-or-treating this year. Cheers to a fun and safe Beggars’ Night aka Halloween!

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Kara originally hails from northwest Iowa where she met her husband, Lance, through a 4-H fashion show. After a decade of living in central Iowa, Kara is still figuring out which way is north. Wearing the hat of “wife, mommy, employee, chef, ribbon tie-er and family calendar organizer,” Kara knows a bit about juggling life and work. Kara became a boy-mom in June of 2011 to Lucan and a girl-mom to Gracelyn in December of 2014. Most days you can find her mixing up metaphors and oversharing life’s moments via social media. Kara enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, cooking, sewing in straight lines and singing along to musicals. A spender by nature, but thrifty by necessity, Kara is always in hunt of a bargain. She’s an active member of Northpoint Church and a resident of Grimes. Her vision for life includes “doing the best we can with what God gives us.”

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