just_ducky_in_NH t1_iud9otn wrote

Governor Meldrim Thompson (1960s - 1970s) felt that there was too much hooliganism on Halloween and declared Halloween Eve to be Beggars Night so the little kids would be safe. I don’t know why it still carries on in some places. (He also ordered flags to fly at half-mast on Good Friday. 🤷🏼‍♀️)