Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beggar's night and our last Haunted Humpday for 2013......

I don't know if many of you even know what Beggar's night is. And I haven't had anyone come to my door for years to ask a handout until last night.

When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, the less fortunate would come with pillow cases and ask for canned goods or money or clothes on October 30th. We lived down by the country club area of Albuquerque but were far from affluent. I can remember 20 or 30 folks coming to ask for help. My Dad was such a curmudgeon but my Mom would always override his bad attitude and answer the door.

We had a stack of our old clothes and shoes, canned goods and some (limited) money to give to those that came asking. Back then, it was just something that you did. Nowadays, I'd be a little wary to open the door to those that "came a beggin".

I find it hard to handle the people in the parking lot at Walmart who always have a hard luck story to sell so they can get some much needed money for "gas". It's not up to me to decide whether they really need the money for their "story" or if they are just simply making a living off everyone else. I used to say yes to everyone and give them something until one guy didn't like the fact I didn't give him all my money and took my purse and ran. That's when I decided that I'd say no to everyone and give to the local charities that help folks who need help.

Beggar's night held a place in the past.....last night the kids from the local high school came for canned goods and money to give to those that need it. I was very happy to give and was pleased to see that something old is new again.


A very special thank you to Ms. Marfi at Incipient Wings for a lovely October event. I've love all of the reading and sharing that has gone on for Haunted Humpday. See you tomorrow for Happy Hallowoonie things.

Gotta fly, Oma Linda

15 comments:

  1. Other than trick or treaters, preferably small costumed children, looking for candy, we never get anyone knocking on the door asking for handouts. Maybe because they see the things I hang on the washline and decide they don't want anything I would have left over!

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    Happy Halloween!

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  2. Linda I have enjoyed your posts so much for HHHD! Love reading about Beggars Night...it's been years since I heard anyone mention it!

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  3. Nice memory. I really don't remember Beggar's Night. It seems to me Trick or Treat night was much more special and exciting than it is today.

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  4. Thanks for pointing out that, like so many things that are fun and frivolous, Halloween was once a time to support the needy. I don't think any of the kids ringing my bell for candy will be going hungry any time soon.

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  5. I know beggars night, but I didn't know there was ACTUALLY a beggers night that didn't involve kids coming a night early to get extra candy. I don't think I ever had a begger, however, I do remember going out for candy a night early when I was a kid. I think we had far more fun back then than the kids do now.

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  6. Here (still at my old place), the church around the corner sends a flyer around letting folks know that they'll be around on Halloween asking for donations of canned goods. Knowing this in advance, we're able to be ready for them. That's about the closest to "begger's night" around here. Next Halloween, I doubt anyone will be coming around (I'll know tomorrow because Frank is up at our new place) because it's quite isolated by comparison. So I'm going to enjoy this, my last Halloween with kidlets and neighbours. Sigh!

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  7. Here (still at my old place), the church around the corner sends a flyer around letting folks know that they'll be around on Halloween asking for donations of canned goods. Knowing this in advance, we're able to be ready for them. That's about the closest to "begger's night" around here. Next Halloween, I doubt anyone will be coming around (I'll know tomorrow because Frank is up at our new place) because it's quite isolated by comparison. So I'm going to enjoy this, my last Halloween with kidlets and neighbours. Sigh!

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  8. We get a lot of "beggars" in downtown, where I work (I'll give them a sandwich or chips if I have it, but never money). I've never had someone begging at my door... strange maybe, but I never, ever answer my front door except for trick or treaters. Those who know me come to the back and those who don't are selling something I'm not buying. I've never heard of Beggar's Night... thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween!

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  9. Someone took your purse?? That is horrible! I don't think we have ever had Beggar's night around where I come from. ( I got something special in the mail, from two very special people!! Will be showing on my blog, very soon ;o) Big Hugs xoxoox

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  10. I hate when those people come around at Walmart or worse, the bank!
    I used to give too, but I saw one 'beggar' buying cigarettes and putting gas in his new truck... After claiming to be homeless ....lol

    Thank you for playing along with me on these haunted humpdays
    I really appreciate your visits, your friendship and your great posts!
    See you later:)

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  11. Ah beggars night...those were the days! Happy Halloween Linda! xoxo

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  12. I do remember this when I was a little girl - cept Mum did not call it "Beggars Nite" the more unfortunate would come early, prior to the trick n treaters and Mum gave a lot of food away - we had lots, as my Dad hunted and fished and also had a garden. My Mum always put food aside for them. There was also a local charity that helped, so often my Mum would take clothing that didn't fit us anymore and wash, iron it and deliver. Just tricksters tonight and I also hear the "food bank" will be around early - I already have two bags waiting for them by the door. Now, I have to rake leaves most of day - large lot - shower, change, eat supper, this year of course I shall be the local bandit cowboy'turned deputy sheriff that held up the local UNICEF train, for I have made a name for "Jingles" and everybody wants to see "Jingles" tonight - I did do a post about that a couple of posts ago. Have fun tonight and looking forward to your next post.

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  13. I don't remember any beggar's nights growing up but I was really heartened that the teens in your town were doing something so constructive instead of the usual destructive. Kudos to them.

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  14. Never heard of beggar's night but sounds like it is rooted in a good cause. And good for your neighborhood that someone is collecting to give a helping hand to those who need it. We never know when it might be ourselves who are in need. Hopefully never!
    Happy Halloween to you and yours!

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  15. Wow, we never had a beggars night. Everyone around here called it Devil's Night and would throw eggs and paper people's houses. It was more of a destructive night than constructive. It would have been great if we did have a Beggar's night. I know how you feel about giving to people begging from others in parking lots. My Mom was a victim not too long ago. SOme guy begging for a few bucks so he could put some gas in his car to get to some place close by. Mom ran into him a few more times at other places doing the same thing. He was collecting money from all sorts of people if he could. :( It's sad, because there are those who really need it. Hope you have a very blessed Samhain and a beautiful time with family and friends, Bird

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