👻 🎃 🎃MISCHIEF NIGHT 🎃 🎃👻
Mischief Night is also known around the world as Devil’s Night, Cabbage Night, Devil’s Eve, Goosey Night, Mat night, Moving and Gate Night.
The earliest reference to Mischief Night is from 1790 when a headmaster encouraged a school play which ended in “an Ode to Fun which praises children’s tricks on Mischief Night. In the United Kingdom, these pranks were originally carried out as part of May Day celebrations, but shifted to later in the year, dates varying in different areas, some marking it on October 30, the night before Halloween, others on November 4, the night before Bonfire Night.
While many communities have begun to take back Mischief Night from the pranksters and vandals, traditionally the holiday has been marked by all kinds of foolishness. On this day, children and young adults have been known to smash pumpkins, soap windows, egg houses and cars, toilet paper people’s houses and trees and play ding-dong ditch (ring doorbells and run away). However, most communities, would encourage people to spend the days with their families eating candy and watching scary movies.In Vermont and New Hampshire, it is known as Cabbage Night because cabbages were thrown against people’s houses on this night. This tradition comes from a Scottish tradition in which young girls would pull cabbages to examine them and try to divine who their husband will be. Of course, once the cabbages have told these young ladies all they could, the only thing left to do with them was to throw the cabbages against someone’s door and run away.
What ever you get up to on Mischief Night, enjoy and keep pranks and tricks as fun, not mindless acts of vandalism that could harm or injure.
*information taken directly from Holiday Calendar and Wikipedia