Worthington Ohio real estate


Beggars' Night in Central Ohio, it's back...

Cemetary Lane sign

"Beggars Night, or more properly 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. " is a quote from Wikipedia. The entry is dated October 2, 2010 and could obviously change...   I broke links to all the Wikipedia articles for the states and for Halloween and Trick or Treat.

Wikipedia:  "Beggars Night"

The term is broadly used in Ohio?  I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee Wisconsin and we did Beggars' Night there too, traditionally the night before Halloween.... Beggars' Night is usually the night before Halloween.*  It is the night for "Trick or Treating."  Other traditions have Devils Night the day before Halloween.  Or Mischief Night...

I was looking for an old Columbus Dispatch article about an older Halloween party which was the reason that Columbus did "Beggars' Night" before Halloween when I found the Wikipedia article about Beggars Night.

The 2005 Columbus Dispatch had an article written by Debbie Gebolys titled  "Holiday, Halloween in sync this year"  and was subtitled "Beggars Night will end in much of central Ohio"   

Beggars' Night... it's back!  Central Ohio 'Trick or Treat' 2010*

The 2005 Columbus Dispatch article said: 

"Beggars Night, which could fall as many as four days before Halloween, was started in Columbus at least 90 years ago, originally because a Downtown community party was held on Oct. 31. But the party got too rowdy, according to newspaper accounts, and Columbus police halted it in 1954."

So Beggars Night is an old tradition, from the late 1800's. We are no longer in sync with Halloween in Central Ohio.  MORPC suggested Thursday as the day for "Trick or Treat" or "Beggar's Night" based on safety.

Lists of "Trick or Treat"  days and times are on Channel 4 and Channel 10's sites as well as links to HighBall Halloween in the Short North.  The Shamrock Club in Columbus has a Halloween celebration...  There are a lot of haunted houses in Central Ohio...  ExperienceColumbus.com is always a great place to find things to do.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsMaureen McCabe • October 10 2010 05:26PM


Great information Maureen, nothing to do with Beggars Banquet of The Rolling Stone:)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 7 years ago

Maureen, I remember Beggars' Night when I lived in MD! When we went out the day before the official Halloween Trick or Treat day the response of the treat givers were divided. Some people left their front lights off, some were happy to put treat in our sacks and one neighbor had his lights on but came to door to angrily say "Come back tomorrow" then slammed the door in or faces.

I think he enjoyed teaching us a lesson....

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 7 years ago

I forgot to add, love the photo you used....very spooky.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by... Endre

Cynthia  Granville  Trick-or-Treat:  Thurs., Oct. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m.

I am confused... by this each year...  What confuses me is the parts of the city of Columbus which are in a suburban school district...Dublin, Worthington, Westerville, a bit of the Plain City Local School District, a little bit of Gahanna, Hilliard... there are 10 to 12 school districts and in some places there are itty bitty islands that are something other than the area surrounding.

I believe Worthington is Sunday 'Trick or Treat' this year... on Halloween but what does that mean for the areas that are in the City of Columbus but Worthington schools. Two nights of Trick or Treat? 

Photo is from last year. This size it is hard to see the street name, Cemetary Rd. in Worthington.  The more well known Cemetary Rd. in Central Ohio is in Hilliard. Photo is Picnik. Didn't you Picnik a photo of you and your husband last year?


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago

I can see the name on the sign just fine Maureen. Yes I think I monstered us in a photo, good memory.

So far I've found Beggars' Night to be on the date & time you mentioned above. But a friend told me in Downtown Granville it's a big deal on Oct. 31st. I 'll find out if this is the correct intel. We plan to go w/ her son and maybe even wear a mask oursleves!

Back my time there was no time limit, it was small neighborhood and we just ran the streets looking for goodies.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 7 years ago

My monitor needs adjusting!

If only ghostly images were profitable....

An old house in New Albany? 

An old house in New Albany?











Nope that's a photo of a house in Ackerly Park,  the 2010 Parade of homes site.  I believe this was the New England Homes house... 

Old house in Worthington? 

Gene's house in Old Worthington

Yes that is Old Worthington but the photo was just taken last week... I kinda want a blobby looking ghost coming out of an upstairs window.  Caspar the Friendly Ghost?

The ghosts on Picnik are great but I want something a little less formed.  It will not let me add a third photo with a ghost. 

Granville has some great properties for ghostifying....   Have fun the 28th through the 31st.  Great timing this year for parties, events, haunted houses.  Granville has the best ghost in Central Ohio... well maybe not. One of the best.  Worthington embraces ghosts.


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago