Day of Mischief
Mischief Night is an informal holiday. It is known by a variety of names including Devil’s Night, Gate Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, Cabbage Night and Mat Night. The earliest reference to Mischief Night is from 1790 when a headmaster encouraged a school play which ended in “an Ode to Fun which praises children’s tricks on Mischief Night in most approving terms”. In some regions in England, these pranks were originally carried out as part of the May Day celebrations, but shifted to later in the year, dates varying in different areas, some marking it on 30 October, the night before Halloween, others on 4 November, the night before Bonfire Night.