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Des Moines' 'Beggars' Night', the night before Halloween, is when children ring doorbells, say "Trick or Treat", then tell a riddle or joke for candy. Des Moines Register

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It's time to dust off your old jokes, because Beggars' Night is right around the corner.

The Des Moines tradition will make its annual return at the end of October, of course. But with Beggars' Night on a Wednesday this year, many of you might be asking, when will kids go trick-or-treating?

Most communities in central Iowa will be observing the metro's version of trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 but some aren't celebrating until Halloween night.

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

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Wednesday, 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: 6 to 8 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.
  • Runnells: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Pleasant Hill: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Polk City: 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. 
  • Windsor Heights: 6 to 8 p.m.
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Get to know the origin of Des Moines' pre-Halloween tradition called "Beggars' Night." Wochit

Thursday, Oct. 31:

  • Adel: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Ames: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Grimes: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Winterset: 5-7 p.m.

More on Beggars' Night and Halloween:

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Here are five simple ways to keep your children safe while they're out trick or treating this Halloween. Visit DesMoinesRegister.com for more safety tips. Ben Yoder/The Register

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