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When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating on “Beggars Night” which was the night before Halloween. Many of you may not have done this as it appears to be somewhat a regional thing and to be honest, I don’t think one that is practiced much, if at all, anymore.

“Skull Jack” (Pirate Skulls, Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/4, 1/60s, -1.0EV, ISO 800, In-Camera Sepia Color Setting

From Wikipedia: Beggars Night is a regional term for the Halloween-related activity that is referred to in most parts of the United States as “Trick or Treat”. Specifically, the term is broadly but not exclusively used in Ohio and in many parts of Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and western New York. In general, Beggars Night represents the “treat” portion of “Trick or Treat,” where children in costume make evening rounds of homes and are given candy. This event is closely tied to, but distinct from, Halloween itself when various forms of mischief (or “tricks”) may occur. The night has often been scheduled by municipal governments on a date prior to the actual Halloween date of October 31.

“The Happy Couple” (Skull-topped Canes, Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa) Nikon D300, 112mm, F/5.3, 1/6s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, In-Camera Black/White Color Setting

I loved dressing up and making the rounds with my sisters to all the neighbors (FREE candy, are you kidding me?? 🙂 ). We made our own costumes (store-bought was not in the budget) and typically stuck with the classics – hobo, ballerina, cowgirl, etc.

After a few hours we’d head back home and spread our bounty out on the kitchen table so mom could sift through and make sure everything was safe. (This was also the time for fierce trade negotiations amongst siblings).

Mom would then let us select a few items for immediate consumption, warning us not to eat too much. Futile attempt on her part as I recall heading to bed on more than one occasion with a belly ache. Ahhhh, good times. 🙂


  1. Great story and I really enjoyed the first image – I especially like it when you (we) break the “rule” of composition that the item in the foreground needs to be in focus – and you still pull off a great image!

    • Ha! Thanks, Derrick! I really like that image, too and knew immediately when I took it.

      And you know me by now – rules, schmools! 🙂

  2. Great skulls! How perfect for the time of year.
    Gee, we grew up not that many miles apart, and I’ve never heard of beggar’s night!

    • Thank you, Karma!

      I think only certain neighborhoods followed Beggars Night. Hubby only lived 3 miles from me and says he never did that! Go figure!

      (Pssst, and when I got older, I realized you could go out trick-or-treating on BOTH nights! 😉 )

  3. Hmmm… the happy couple looks more like they are fighting! 😉
    I think it’s time to go through the old photo albums and share some childhood Halloween photos with your fans! (I know, I always have SUCH great ideas!)
    We didn’t trick-or-treat at all… there’s no Halloween in Germany, but we have “Fasching” where the kids dress in costumes, but it doesn’t involve candy.

    • Nah, the missus is just acting shyly because Mr is hamming it up for the camera! 😉

      Mom has all the old photo albums and I’m not sure there are many of us dressed up as kids. Remember…she had FIVE kids to look after so the instamatic didn’t exactly take top priority!

      Isn’t it amazing that every culture seems to have some event involving dressing up in costume? We are not so different afterall! 🙂

      • It’s a small world after all…. darnit! Now I have that song stuck in my head! 😛

      • Ha! Then my evil plan worked…..Mwahahahahaha!

  4. I had never heard that others trick or treated on the night BEFORE Halloween! Here in the Northeast we go door to door for treats on Halloween night…all the mischief occurs on “Cabbage Night” which is the 30th. Mostly toilet papered trees, egged houses, smashed pumpkins, and soaped windows. It has been quiet the past several years since a curfew was instated and stores refuse to sell eggs to teens, and generally won’t sell more than one package to anyone on that night.

    • Hmmmm, now I also live in the Northeast and I’ve never heard of Cabbage Night! I guess it all varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Sadly, when all that hullabaloo happened in the late-80’s and 90’s when Trick-or-Treating went by the wayside and more parents started to take their kids to the mall and house parties. Sometimes, I really long for those simpler days when you could trust your neighbors!

  5. Great skulls!

  6. All I know is that I was cleared right out of all the candy we’d bought… Damn those pesky kids… lol… 😉

    • We only got ONE little Ninja last night. Let’s just say that little guy went home with about half a bag of fun-sized Snickers… 🙂

  7. I wish that I had known about “Beggar’ Night” as a kid. For a kid, Halloween and Christmas are the two greatest holidays of the year. I would have enthusiastically embraced any possibility of doubling my Halloween loot! As far as I know no one took advantage of “Beggar’s Night” where I grew up in Texas, but if I had thought of that I would have given it a shot anyway. Someone has to get the ball rolling.

    • Ha! Yes, it was a pretty sweet deal, Steve!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Really great shots Tracy! perfectly appropriate for Halloween! I hope you enjoyed yours!

    • Thank you, Carol!

      We didn’t do anything special – only had one trick-or-treater at the house. But, it was a good Sunday in any event since our Patriots won! 🙂

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