Halloween ’08

For some reason that is unbeknownest to everyone I’ve talked to (but knownest to the people who call the shots) the entire Des Moines metro area has decided that trick-or-treating should NOT happen on Halloween…rather, it should happen on October 30; also known as “Beggar’s Night”.


Regardless, we had a wild Thursday night.  From 6:00 – 7:00 the kids and I (along with a couple of neighbors) walked around the neighborhood asking for candy.  As you can see, the princess, the rooster, and Buzz Lightyear were quite the sight to behold.

Anna was an excellent big sister, looking out for both of her brothers at various points in the evening.  She was particularly concerned about Evan’s safety when it started getting dark.  Isaac’s big moment came when we were about 3 blocks away from home, and declared he was about to have an excretory emergency.  Fortunately, one of the ladies overheard his plea, and allowed him to take a (lengthy) pit stop at her home.  Evan showed no fear throughout the evening…even at a house where a person in a Jason mask stood on the inside of a glass door staring motionless at those who came to the house.  Evan walked right up to the door…stared for a minute…knocked on the glass…and yelled “hhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii”…to which “Jason” broke character and started to laugh.  Priceless.

After we had canvassed the neighborhood, we visited the Carlson’s in Clive and my grandparents in Urbandale.  The kids were a not-so-perfect mixture of hyper and tired, so neither visit was terribly enjoyable…but it’s always fun to end the night with close friends and family.

Visiting Greta & Ben

Visiting Greta & Ben

And so, without further ado, let the week-long sugar high commence!


5 Responses to Halloween ’08

  1. I don’t know why it is that way. It was that way when I was a kid.

  2. David Basler says:

    The reason for Beggar’s Night is to keep the little kids off the streets and sidewalks on the night all the big kids (21+) dress up and drink way too much.

  3. kendra Basler says:

    Ok, so maybe your visits at the end of the night weren’t “all that enjoyable”, but did anyone throw up on Cindy Ambroson’s carpet????!!! Oh yeah – that was how our evening ended – thanks Eli! 🙂

  4. kara says:

    OMG…..so cute!!!!

  5. […] Halloween Follow-Up Here’s a little more insight as to why we don’t Trick-or-Treat on October 31 around these parts, courtesy of the Des Moines Register and Denise Z. The flash […]

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