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History of Mischief Night

Mischief night commonly occurs the day before Halloween, October 30th. Countries which currently practice this holiday are the United States, Canada, and England. On this night, kids and teens play pranks around their neighborhoods. The pranks are generally light hearted, but sometimes kids take it too far. A long time ago, mischief night was practiced on November 4th, and teens would light bonfires. Later on, mischief night was practiced on Halloween, October 31st, and currently, October 30th. On this night kids are generally seen running amuck at early hours of the morning committing petty crimes such as toilet papering, lighting fireworks, smashing pumpkins, forking yards, egging houses and cars, and playing ding-dong-ditch. Back in the late 80's and early 90's there were counts of heinous crimes being committed, like arson, on Mischief Night. In areas that are heavily affected by the pranks, adults will come together and patrol their neighborhoods on Mischief Night. In some cities, extra police patrol certain areas. The main threat of this holiday is the vandalism which can include broken windows and graffiti. Safety for children is also compromised when young kids are running around late at night without parental supervision. One of the most memorable Mischief Night's in history took place in 1938. War of the Worlds was broadcast over the radio and was mistaken as nonfiction. There was widespread panic throughout as people thought aliens were invading Earth. People who are afraid of their property being damaged on Mischief Night can reduce their worries by following some simple rules. Garaging vehicles reduces the chance that ones car will be egged or that the windows will be rubbed with a soap bar. Leaving porch lights, as well as house lights on, will deter the mischievous kids from toilet papering trees and egging the house. On Mischief Night, jack-o-lanterns should be stored indoors so that they remain unbroken for Halloween. Mischief Night can be fun for everyone as long as the pranks don't hurt anything or anyone.

Molly E
Thu, 27 May 2010 18:26:12 +0000

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