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.
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.
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. 🙂