Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Beggar's Night and Halloween

In Des Moines we have this thing called Beggars' Night, where trick-or-treating happens the evening before Halloween. I in high school before I realized that Halloween wasn't actually on October 30th, but on October 31st because of this little Des Moines tradition. To be honest, I actually hated it since nothing seems to really happen around here on Halloween.

In the past we've made the best of celebrating Halloween on Beggars Night by having Pre-Trick Or Treat Parties, but this is the first year I truly loved everything Halloween. The minis had a great time trick or treating in our neighborhood last night despite the sleet/snow coming down. They even filled up their giant bucket (their goal for the night)!

Our neighbor so kindly had treats for the adults too!

Halloween night drew us to a special event in a neighborhood in Des Moines. We loaded up needed food pantry items (a requirement for the event), had the kids drop off the donations, and got a map of the Sherman Hill neighborhood. Nothing special you're thinking, right?? Well, on that map was where to go to see houses decorated for Halloween. And not just houses, but people dressed up as zombies, goblins, ghosts, Frankenstein, and more!

A box full of canned goods, diapers, formula, baby food, and beans. So proud of these three!

Frankenstein walking down the middle of the street! Surprisingly the minis did just fine with all of the monsters around!

Monsters reaching through the fence and an monsters in the yard.

 Zombie pirates

It was the perfect way to give and enjoy Halloween without getting gobs of candy that will never get eaten!