29 Oct Mischief night!
Do you have a name for the night before Halloween? You know, it’s like, tomorrow? Most people don’t have a special term for the night before Halloween. But in the past, it was almost as big as Halloween itself.
(Way) back in the day, probably in the 1940s, it became a day for playing “tricks” while Halloween itself was reserved for gathering “treats.”
Sometimes known as mischief night, or cabbage night...or gate night, trick night, goosy night or mat night. Which name you use depends on where you live. The tradition started in Britain, so these have even more names for it: tick-tack night, corn night, trick night or micky night.
And then depending on your name for it, or where you live, mischief night has even very particular kinds of mischief that goes on:
Cabbage Night in parts of the northeastern United States, where rotten vegetables are collected and left on porch stoops or smeared on doors and windows.
Mat Night where kids steal doormats and switch them with the neighbors’. (!)
Gate Night, in the Midwest, where farmer’s gates are opened, leaving livestock to roam free.
Other popular pranks include the toilet-papering of homes and trees, soaping cars and windows and pumpkin smashing.
Join us this weekend at Thrillvania Haunted House Park at 2330 County Rd 138, Terrell, Tx 75161. We’ll see you there…..