Mischief Night has many names and is celebrated on October 30th. This is a fun holiday that brings people together, makes them have fun, and in some cases even heals. If you are sad, join the people who wait for this date every year!
One can only assume that the roots of the holiday go back to the UK of the 18th century. This day was called May Day and was celebrated on the corresponding date. Children and teenagers did petty pranks that did not harm anyone. In the 19th century, the day already took place on November 4, on the Eve of Guy Fawkes Day – adults also joined in the celebration.
It is noteworthy that the day has different names in the states: Vermont – “Cabbage Day”, Detroit – “Devil’s Night” … There are also “Goose Night” and “Devil’s Eve”. The meaning of this does not change: today everyone is trying to fool around and do it skillfully!
Mischief Night was planned as a kind holiday for people to release their emotions and fool around within certain limits. Sadly, in many places, the date has become associated with vandalism and rioting, which is why many parents are shielding their children from participating. Despite such different views, the day has the right to exist!
5 most common pranks:
- Children gather together, approach the doors of an apartment building, call and run away. The owners go out onto the porch and find no one.
- Wrapping trees with toilet paper is an interesting natural setting. Cleaners in the morning will definitely not say thank you for this, but they will not swear, they are used to it.
- Soaping car windows.
- Putting rotten fruit under the door.
- Harsh sounds that frighten household members. For example, jumping out of a dark corner – from surprise, a person almost jumps.
How to celebrate
Explain to the children (and not only) that the holiday was created for small pranks that will not harm any person. Tricks should introduce a person into confusion, and not dip into fear and anxiety. If every child and teenager understands this, then the date will be loved not only in the USA, but throughout the world!
When is Mischief Night celebrated in 2022?
Mischief Night is observed on October 30 each year.