Not on October 31, you say? Isn’t October 31 Halloween?
Yes, it is. But some of our traditions are a little odd, and thus wee ones in Des Moines go door-knocking the evening of October 30th, which locals call Beggars’ Night. The tradition started over 70 years ago, to keep little candy-loving kids safe and separate from teen and grown-up revelers (and their rowdy shenanigans).
The city council, on passing this “tricks-or-eats” ordinance, stipulated that “eats should be given only if such a ‘trick’ as a song, a poem, a stunt or a musical number, either solo or in group participation, is presented.”
Thus, the second odd thing about trick-or-treating in Des Moines: requests from grown-ups for kids to tell them jokes.