What’s Mischief Night?

Special to Official Kids Mag

 

Come the end of October, kids across the country, just like you, eagerly await the tricks and treats of Halloween. Plenty of fun is to be had on October 31, when hordes of costume-clad kids and adults scour neighborhoods on the hunt for the best candy. But prior to Halloween comes the trickery, jokes and gags of Mischief Night.

Mischief Night also may be referred to as Cabbage Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, Mat Night, or Devil’s Night. In parts of the United Kingdom, it’s known as Mischievous Night, Miggy Night, Corn Night, or Trick Night.

Mischief Night is October 30 and began as an informal holiday when friends pranked one another. While Halloween is all about the treats, Mischief Night is more about the tricks.

The earliest references to Mischief Night date back to 1790s Britain. 

 By the 1930s and 1940s, Mischief Night became popular in the United States.

Ringing false alarms, covering trees in toilet paper, shaving cream fights, switching doormats or outdoor furniture, and ringing doorbells and running are some popular Mischief Night pranks.

Much of the behavior consists of harmless fun, but Mischief Night has led to some unsavory acts.

But that doesn’t mean people looking to engage in some good-natured mischief cannot have their fun. Neighbors can host backyard mischief parties in which kids contain their antics to one or two yards.

Mischief Night precedes Halloween and is still popular for many people. Keeping pranks fun and harmless ensures that this tradition can stick around for years to come.

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