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Beggars' Night/Des Moines

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    There will be a Beggars' night in Des Moines for children to celebrate Halloween in 2020!

    Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie stressed it needs to be done safely and responsibly because of the recent surge of coronavirus cases. “The original idea behind Beggars’ Night was to make trick or treating safer for kids by designating it the night before Halloween,” Cownie said. “We want to reinforce that commitment to safety and urge everyone to follow the guidelines from our medical experts for a healthy Halloween.”

    Nola Aigner Davis with the Polk County Health Department said while Beggars’ Night will take place throughout the county, parents and children need to take a cautious approach.

    “Beggars’ Night and Halloween need to be different this year to help reduce contact with others and lessen the spread of COVID-19,” Aigner Davis said. “What we’re hoping to do is celebrate this holiday but do it safely by limiting interactions with others.”

    City officials said Beggars’ Night will be celebrated on Oct. 30 with trick-or-treating allowed from 6-8 p.m. throughout the City.