In some places, tonight is called Mischief Night. Also called Devil’s Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, Cabbage Night, and Mat Night, this night is the time for pranks on neighbors by children and teenagers.
These pranks can get the pranksters in trouble, as many are illegal. In fact, in New Jersey, where observance of this night is a notable tradition, some towns have adopted a zero-tolerance policy due to the nature of the pranks.
In the 1970s, Devil’s Night separated itself from Mischief Night due to the arson that was done in the Detroit area. Devil’s Night became a night of destruction and arson.
Mischief Night dates back to the late 1700s when it was first mentioned on paper. In 1790, St. John’s College in England mentioned Mischief Night at the end of a school play. It is believed the night first began in May, but crept later into the year as smaller towns began to adopt the tradition. Eventually, it landed on Halloween Eve.
Stay safe and legal on Mischief Night! Sonja