Beggar’s Night

Beggar’s Night will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2019 between 6 – 8 p.m. The City of Gahanna follows the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recommendation for dates associated with Beggar’s Night/Trick-or-Treat in neighboring communities. In the event of inclement weather, Beggar’s Night will remain on the unified date, and parents will be encouraged to exercise judgment in allowing children to participate.

Beggar’s Night is not an official City event.  However, everyone’s safety is our top priority. Here are some safety tips courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
  • Limit the number of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first.
  • Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.
  • Don’t stop at dark houses.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Have a safe Beggar’s Night!