Night before Halloween
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Sat Nov 2 06:04:42 UTC 2002
> > > Devil's Night. Used to be a night in Detroit, and to
> > > a lesser extent in Flint, where arsonists would set
> > > buildings on fire in droves.
> > In Detroit (city) ca. 1960, "Devil's Night" ... was ...
> > a time for pranks or tricks ....
> I inquired among some young[er] Pittsburghers. An
> authority who is enrolled at the local middle school informs
> me that the night in question is called "Devil's night" and is
> considered appropriate for window-soaping, toilet-papering,
> etc. ... about the same as I remember it from Detroit ca.
> 1960. No arson is implied, I am told.
It was the very same ca. 1974-80 in Hamilton, Ontario and
environs. On "Devil's Night" we went out soaping windows.
Arson never entered into it.
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