night before Halloween
flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Fri Nov 1 22:21:57 UTC 2002
Oops--I misreplied on Beggars' Night; it's on Hallowe'en, not the eve
before, and is the term used for what little kids do door to door. If
there's a different Mischief Night here I'm not aware of it--but I'll ask
Our Latin American students will celebrate the Day of the Dead (All Souls'
Day) tomorrow, of course, the day after All Saints' Day (today). So
potentially it's a three- or four-day binge, positive or negative.
At 01:48 PM 11/1/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>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.
>--- FRITZ JUENGLING
><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 >>>
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