Mischief Night is a fun holiday celebrated on October 30th which brings people together and is a great way to have fun and even heal. It is believed to have originated in the UK during the 18th century where it was known as May Day and was celebrated with small pranks that did not harm anybody. By the 19th century, the day was moved to November 4, on the Eve of Guy Fawkes Day, and adults were also part of the celebration. The holiday is known by different names in different states, such as Cabbage Day in Vermont and Devil’s Night in Detroit.
Mischief Night was created as a way for people to release their emotions and have a good time within certain limits. Unfortunately, in some places it has become associated with vandalism and rioting, leading many parents to keep their children from participating in the holiday. Despite the varied views on the day, it still has the right to exist.
Here are the 5 most common pranks typically done during Mischief Night:
- Gathering together and calling people from their homes, then running away.
- Wrapping trees with toilet paper.
- Soaping car windows.
- Placing rotten fruit under the door.
- Making loud noises to frighten people.
How to take part
Explain to children and adults alike that the holiday was created for small pranks that won’t harm anyone. The pranks should simply bring confusion and not fear and anxiety. If everyone understands this, then the day will be loved not only in the US, but all over the world!
When is Mischief Night celebrated in 2023?
Mischief Night is observed on October 30 each year.