Mischief Night has arrived! Tonight marks another frightful visit as mischievous boys and girls unload all the annoyances most responsible adults could live without. Watch over your garden, don’t answer the door for Mischief Night comes back for more!
Gate Night, Goosey Night, Devil’s Night, Miggy Night, Tick-Tack Night, Mizzy Night, Cabbage Night, Corn Night, Trick Night, and the well defined Hell Night and Mischief Night are different sides of the same knife. They are packed with shenanigans. No matter what a local calls mischief night, it is going to make some homeowners reevaluate a privacy fence along their property line. And it’s not just for England, United Kingdom or Haiti.
America celebrates Mischief Night on the night before All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween, on October 31.
New York and Philadelphia.
New York and Philly may seem like the Devil’s playground each October 30th, for which April Fools Day could not compare, as children leave lit firecrackers in unusual places or throw eggs filled with Olive oil, washable (or staining) red dye, hair removal (Neet or Nair), pancake syrup, or ketchup at homes. The measures of how far one can go has a limit. Unlike certain sections of New Jersey where open land creates even more opportunity.
My hometown is in the farmlands of New Jersey. Kids would leave scarecrows on a dark road, throw eggs relentlessly even after the homeowner would answer their door, “Ding, Dong, Ditch”, soap up windows, put soap in birdbaths and roll pumpkins in front of moving vehicles. Parents were busy on Mischief Nights as they drive distances to smash pumpkins on the doorsteps of their adult friends. The friends would retaliate by rolling trees with toilet paper or come up with other creative mischievous acts. The local police department never intervened. That was just Mischief Night.
New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York was child’s play compared to Detroit.
Arsonists and illegal activity unleashed a wicked fear among Detroit. The kids gained national attention when they tried to burn graveyards. The dangerous attempt inspired Angels’ Night, one in the same with a different purpose.
Angels’ Night is between October 29 and lasted for two entire days as November entered. And continued for years. Volunteers were on watch for unusual activity in a counterattack on Mischief Night.
“Ding-Dong Ditch”, “Knock Down Ginger” and “Knock-A-Door-Run” defines placing dog waste inside of bag, placing the bag on fire, knocking on a door, hiding in a bush and watching the person who opens the door panic over the fire. They inevitably try to stomp the fire out. They are forced to wash their shoes off as the bush shakes and moves with children laughing from behind.
TP-ing, or toilet papering, is when someone takes a roll of toilet paper and rolls it around an object. Could be a tree, a car, or even portions of a home. The toilet paper takes time to remove for which there is no fast trick.
Soap is easily removed with water but is easy to expand in water. But is soaping up a neighbor’s window criminal? Just ask yourself one question. Did they invite you for that specific reason? Soap usually doesn’t damage property, even though everything listed above is not a nice thing to do. Hence, mischief.
Mischief, the word itself, can have various levels of consequences. Criminal mischief, whether vandalism, damaging property, graffiti, or destruction of property, will attract authorities. And possibly land a person in jail.
Mischief means “misfortune”, “to end badly”, or just an old fashioned way of saying “miss chief” as if the innocent fears no boundaries of leadership in the chaos.
“Trick-Or-Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat” is a basic Halloween law of the costume masses. What happens when someone doesn’t give a treat? They go for option two — the trick. Most kids are kind about not receiving candy, or any other treat, and do not roll a house with toilet paper if they don’t get what they want. But there are those of mischief that overflow from October 30 to October 31. Be aware, or beware.
With goblins and ghouls, powerful witches brews, bats, cats and fright, hallow screams from trees that sway in breeze from the moon giving dark sight, there’s nothing more morbid than the dead, or what visuals dance in a head when the sunset welcomes Mischief Night.
Many locals have heard of Mischief Night oh so well but this would be the first time for some. Select locations in North Carolina celebrate with a Mischief Night Masquerade Ball. Mercy’s Mischief Night Masquerade Ball was last Friday in Marina Inn Grand Dunes.
Raleigh police are monitoring the unpredictable night in the city and surrounding areas. Remember this, if you’re a kid with a little devil deep inside.
If you haven’t heard enough of spite then check out “Mischief Night” (2013 film).
Don’t forget to look under your bed!
Happy Mischief Night, and too all a good fright…