Beggar’s Night in Earlham will be October 31st from 6:00-8:00 p.m., for those who want to participate in this crazy Covid year. This is already pretty much a social distancing event for the “tricksters” and their families going door to door. The “treaters” can turn on their porch lights if they want to participate, as usual. (This year you get to wear a mask too!) Maybe this year you might want to get a little creative passing out your treats: have a large bowl of candy on your doorstep; play social distancing “Catch the Treat” game; or maybe even a piece of PVC where you can slide the treat into their bags! Use your imagination…this could be the most fun yet!
The historic community of Earlham, Iowa is approximately 30 miles west of Des Moines, just south of Interstate 80, and on the northern edge of Madison County. Our population in the most recent census was 1,450.
Perhaps our greatest claim to fame is Marion Michael Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne, who lived in Earlham as a boy in the early 1900s. He attended school in the Earlham Academy Building that is now owned by the Earlham Historical Society, and his father, Clyde, owned a pharmacy in Earlham until poor health forced the family to move west.
Today, Earlham is a thriving small town with all the benefits of a peaceful, rural landscape near one of the country’s most desirable cities. Businesses in Earlham provide all the important conveniences of dining, banking, grocery shopping, health care and more, including an excellent school system with a new, state-of-the-art track. The completion of the Bricker-Price Block project, the rehabilitation of a historic two-building complex now underway in the town center, has gained national attention and promises to bring even more amenities to our community.
Then and now, Earlham welcomes all!
Earlham ranked #14 as the Best Small Towns in Iowa in 2020 by HomeSnacks!