night before Halloween

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Fri Nov 1 21:48:30 UTC 2002

We celebrated both eves. Mischief night (the 30th) was
for going out and soaping windows, TPing houses,
throwing eggs, etc. None of this was done in costume.
Halloween (the 31st) was for trick-or-treating, in

That dichotomy is shared by the others that I
mentioned. They just had different names for the 30th.


<juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US> wrote:
> I have read this thread with great interest.  As I
> understand it, many people have some special name
> for the night before Halloween, i.e. Oct 30th.  Some
> people go out and create mischief and others go
> trick or treating on that night.  So, if you do one
> of these activities on the 30th, do you do the other
> activity on the 31st (or do you go trick or treating
> again)?  What's significant about the 30th at all?
> Sounds sorta like having a big turkey dinner the day
> before Thanksgiving or shooting fireworks on July
> 3rd.  In those areas where there was some sort of
> activity on the 30th, is that still the case, or has
> all activity moved to the 31st?
> thanks,
> Fritz
> >>> remlingk at GVSU.EDU 11/01/02 09:03AM >>>
> Night before Halloween: In  central Ohio we called
> it "beggars' night" and this is when we did our
> "trick or treating".
> >> LISTSERV at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 11/01/02 00:01 AM >>>
> Kathryn Remlinger, Ph.D.
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