As an English learner, you most certainly know about Halloween.
So while most English teachers talk about Halloween, I will tell you something unique in American culture that happens the night before Halloween.
What is Mischief night, you ask?
Mischief Night happens every October 30th, the night before Halloween.
Mischief is a noun that means “trouble, misbehavior, or something bad–sometimes in a playful manner.”
So every year, on the night before Halloween, some teenage kids go out and cause trouble — usually some pranks or minor vandalism (damage).
They sometimes smash pumpkins, throw toilet paper through people’s bushes and trees, and even throw eggs at cars.
Policemen are on high alert patrolling the streets to try to catch these vandals.
This all sounds scary, but the trouble is actually very rare, and usually it’s all in innocent fun.
The damage caused in usually minor (small).
American people usually leave their pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns outside by their front door during the Halloween season, and so sometimes people steal the pumpkins and throw them to the ground, breaking into pieces everywhere.
My intention of this post is not to scare you, just to tell you about this Halloween custom you may not have heard of.
If you are visiting America during this time, it’s not scary, and chances are, nothing will happen to you or your property.
Besides the occasional toilet paper hanging from a tree, or smashed pumpkin, nothing ever happened to me, my family, or my friends at school.
In fact, I only knew one person who had trouble on Mischief Night, and he lived in a pretty crowded area near a busy road and a popular night hangout for kids.
Sadly, almost every year growing up, something happened to his car, or house.
I felt bad for his family. Every Halloween Day at school, he’d tell my friends and I what happened; usually it was eggs thrown at his parents car.
I never participated in Mischief Night as a kid. None of my friends did, either.
But a small percentage of bored kids do indeed go out and egg houses and throw toilet paper in trees.
Smashing pumpkins is common because they break so easily.
Mischief Night is a Halloween tradition for some trouble makers. Usually the trouble is innocent, and the next night, everyone is happy to go trick-or-treating.
What do you think of Mischief Night?
Is it just some kids having some harmless fun?
Or do you think they are mean for damaging others’ property?
Do you have any weird traditions that take place the night before Holidays in your country? Let me know in the comments section.
And don’t worry, Halloween is an exciting time, and as I said, it’s really rare for someone to wake up with eggs thrown at their car or their pumpkin smashed.
Feel free to share this post with your friends to teach them a new thing about the Halloween season.